A California boys soccer team broke a state high school record Wednesday night, playing its 80th straight game without a loss.
Pleasant Valley (Chico, Calif.) now holds the state’s longest unbeaten streak after Wednesday night’s narrow 1-0 win over host Shasta (Redding, Calif.).
According to the Chico Enterprise-Record, the Vikings haven’t lost since December 16, 2013. During their unbeaten streak they are 78-0-2 and have outscored opponents by a 412-29 margin, including 56 shutouts.
In the record-breaking win, sophomore goalkeeper Austin Matthews totaled eight saves, and Caden Crumm’s crossing goal in the 10th minute stood for the Vikings (17-0 on the season). The 80-game unbeaten streak breaks a tie with Valhalla (El Cajon, Calif.), who went 75-0-4 between 1987 and 90, according to the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book. The Vikings tied the record with a 9-2 win over Foothill on Jan. 27.
The record-breaker won’t change the goals of the winners.
“We’ll savor it, but we’re not done,” Matthews told the Enterprise-Record. “We still have got the rest of the season.”
The national record for a boys soccer unbeaten streak belongs to Gilford (N.H.), which went 133 games between 1990 and 1997 without a loss.