North Carolina men’s soccer coach Carlos Somoano and N.C. State coach Kelly Findley are both in the middle of their second seasons as head coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
But the history between the two goes back further than the 2011 matchup at Fetzer Field — much further.
Neither coach can remember exactly when they met, but they agree that it was more than 30 years ago.
Findley said they were probably seven or eight years old when they first played soccer together in the Houston area where the two grew up.
“We played locally on a team in the Bay area, kind of in between Houston and Galveston,” Somoano said.
“When we got to high school, we ended up playing on the same club team in downtown Houston, which actually was just about an hour and a half from us.
“We carpooled five times a week to get there, which was, as you can imagine, two and half, three hours round trip. So we got to know each other pretty well.”
Findley recalled those road trips back and forth to Houston. He also recalled that Somoano wasn’t the best driver.
Somoano wanted to point out that his driving in high school was a reflection of the old Buick he drove and not his driving skills.