Smoky Mountain junior Jordan Couch said it’s getting harder to roam freely on a soccer field without the notice of the other team.
“I don’t know if my name is out or what,” Couch said. “But more and more, I’ll hear, ‘Where’s No. 4?'”
Couch only has himself to blame.
The forward is threatening to break every single scoring record for the Mustangs (8-4-0). And they’re already in the family, lending even more personal motivation.
Couch scored his 25th, 26th and 27th goals of the season in Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime loss to West Henderson. He tied a school record with seven goals in a 9-2 win at Highlands on Sept. 6.
Smoky Mountain’s single-season record for goals is 38 and the career mark is 62. Couch’s older brother, Jarrod, set both records and is now a kicker for the Western Carolina University football team.
“Of course, it’s an honor to be in the discussion and mentioned alongside someone like my brother,” Jordan Couch said.
“We’ve been poking at each other over it. The season has been going great. I’ve had a lot of help putting the ball into the net. I have to thank my teammates, I couldn’t do it without them.”
Jordan Couch was an All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference forward in 2011 and received all-district recognition from the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association after netting 25 goals as a sophomore. He had 10 goals his freshman year.
Jordan Couch also plays baseball and basketball at Smoky Mountain.
But his favorite sporting pursuit is soccer, which he’s played since he was 4 years old.
“Jordan has a good supporting cast,” Smoky Mountain coach Dolphus Brown said. “But I’ve never had a player who works as hard as he does. He’s relentless.”
The Mustangs still have 12 regular-season games left before the start of the NCHSAA 2-A playoffs, and their next one is today at Franklin.
The NCHSAA record for single-season goals is 92, and the career mark is 205.
Hendersonville’s Brayan Aguirre established both of the WNC marks before wrapping up his high school career in 210. He had 53 goals as a senior and 156 total for the Bearcats.