The other was coming off a 4-16 year that included a midseason coaching change.
But this isn't last year, and Cary made the best of its clean slate by downing Holly Springs 1-0 in Tuesday's season opener for both teams.
Junior Ryan Rooney picked up the win while senior Tony Sanchez locked down the save in the Imps' shutout of the defending 4A champs.
Chadwick's national honors: ESPN Rise named its All-American boys' soccer team for the fall season this past week. There were no local players on the first, second or third teams, but Green Hope coach Andrew Chadwick was listed as the first-team coach.
Chadwick's Falcons lost one game all year en route to the 2011 4A boys soccer championship.
Green Hope girls soccer dominates: East Forsyth's girls soccer team finished No. 7 in last year's final state rankings, while Green Hope was one spot lower.
Though those rankings have a lot to do with postseason success, it figured to be a good non-conference test to open the year.
The Falcons traveled to East Forsyth and came back with a commanding 8-3 victory.