Friday, November 20, 2009

Marvin Ridge reaches state soccer finals

Four championships will be up for grabs this weekend in the annual
North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state men’s soccer
championships, but the matchups are not yet finalized.

The championship games will be played at the WakeMed Soccer Park on Friday
and Saturday, but only the 4-A championship on Friday night and the 1-A
final at three o'clock Saturday afternoon are set. Rain and storms kept some
regional finals from being played or, in the case of Jacksonville and Chapel
Hill, from being completed.

The 4-A championship Friday night will send the Falcons of Cary Green Hope
(19-4-2) against unbeaten Greensboro Page (21-0-2). Green Hope is in the
soccer finals for the second time in school history, with a runner-up finish
to Durham Jordan in its only other appearance in 2001, while Page has a 4-3
record in seven previous trips to the championship.

Rob Lovejoy and Glen Long lead Page, which has only ties with Northwest
Guilford and Greensboro Day as the blemishes on an otherwise perfect record.
Nader Jaibat and Jared Girard scored goals for Green Hope in its 2-1 win
over Southern Pines Pinecrest on Wednesday night for the Eastern Regional

The 1-A championship will send Dixon (19-5-1) against Hendersonville
(19-4-1). Hendersonville makes its first trip to an NCHSAA men's soccer
final, led by Western Highlands Conference Player of the Year Brayan
(correct spelling) Aguirre and the league's Goalkeeper of the Year Will

Dixon, in the championship for the third time in the last seven years, has
outscored the opposition 22-1 in the playoffs and is paced by senior Colby
Geohagan, who has recorded 35 assists on the year.

The first game on Saturday is for the 3-A championship, sending the winner
of the Jacksonville-Chapel Hill game against the survivor of the Waxhaw
Marvin Ridge-Asheville contest. Jacksonville and Chapel Hill battled to a
1-1 draw after regulation time but the officials ruled the field unplayable
due to the rain so the two will resume the contest in overtime on Friday.

Saturday's final game has last year's 2-A runner-up, Shelby (22-3-1)
awaiting the winner of the Friday night game between Pittsboro Northwood and
perennial power Swansboro. Shelby is led offensively by junior Ben Cheaney
but nine different Golden Lions have scored playoff goals.

Tickets will be eight dollars at the gate. Wendy’s is the
presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program. The Raleigh Sports
Consortium serves as a host city sponsor for these championships, along with
the city of Raleigh and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary

Friday, November 20, 2009
Class 4-A: 7:30 p.m.
Cary Green Hope High School Falcons (19-4-2) vs. Greensboro Page High School
Pirates (21-0-2)

Saturday, November 21, 2009
Class 3-A – Noon
Jacksonville High School Cardinals (28-0) or Chapel Hill High School Tigers
(18-7-1) vs.
Waxhaw Marvin Ridge High School Mavericks (20-2-1)

Class 1-A – 3 p.m.
Dixon High School Bulldogs (19-5-1) vs. Hendersonville High School Bearcats

Class 2-A -- 6 p.m.
Swansboro High School Pirates (21-6-0) or Pittsboro Northwood High School
Chargers (18-2-2) vs.
Shelby High School Golden Lions (22-3-1)