The Pleasant Valley boys soccer team is on an incredible run as they've gone a state-record 97 games without a loss. Action News Now's Ross FIeld caught up with the mastermind behind it all, head coach Michael Vought.
Underneath the cloudy skies in north Chico lies Pleasant Valley High School, a school rich in sports tradition and home to one heck of a soccer club.
"These guys have been incredible.. That's the only way I can explain that," said Coach Michael Vought.
The Pleasant Valley boys don't lose. They haven't lost since 2013.
But, winning isn't everything around here. Coach Vought says his job is bigger than wins, losses or ties.
"All I've ever asked is that the kids be the very best that they can be and in return, I feel a deep obligation to do the same for them," said Vought.
Vought has been at the helm for nearly twenty years. He wants to be outstanding and create outstanding young men, men that are going to listen and execute what he sees.
"The vision in my mind is so clear that I think I'm able to articulate that to the athletes, exactly what I want man-for-man. position-for-position and we've set high standards and the guys want to take their place in history," said Vought.
History that they try not to think about. Yet, the Vikigns deploy a fast-paced attacking scheme that almost makes victory-after-victory inevitable.
And looming late this week on Friday is a date with crosstown rival Chico. An opponent Vought says is on the rise.
"We have an oustanding team across town that's going to give us everything that we can handle and then some," said Vought.
He respects opponents and prepares dilligently for each one and he savors the tradition and excellence of being a part of the Viking soccer family.
But, what's most important to Vought is being a coach who cares as much about the kids as he does the score, something he learned from his mentor and former PV coach Brett Silva.
After that the winning takes care of itself, but what happens when the loss finally comes?
"I'm going to get back in line and get back on the roller coaster is what I'm going to do, I'm not going to let that bother us, we're going to train the next day just like we've trained every day for the past four and a half years, it's not going to change," said Vought.