Saturday, November 21, 2009

Marvin Ridge wins 3A state soccer title

Senior all-state forward Matt Risher scored in the first minute of sudden death overtime to lift Waxhaw Marvin Ridge to a
thrilling 2-1 victory over Chapel Hill in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A men's soccer championship Saturday afternoon at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Risher, with a goal and an assist, was named the Most Valuable Player of the final.

The teams battled to a 1-1 draw through 80 minutes of regulation play and then two 10-minute overtime periods before moving into sudden death.

After a scoreless first half, Kole Patterson tallied off a pass from Risher in the 43rd minute to give Marvin Ridge a 1-0 lead. But the Tigers battled back to tie it in the 63rd minute when Jamie Dell scored on a header and set the stage for the extra time.

In sudden death, Risher scored his 23rd goal of the season on an assist from Garrett Condon to end the contest and give the Mavericks their first men's soccer state championship.

Marvin Ridge ended the season with a 20-match winning streak and the Mavericks wound up with a 22-2-1 record. One of the newer schools in the NCHSAA, Marvin Ridge was in only its third trip ever into
postseason play.

Chapel Hill, which finished 19-8-1, had an unusual trip to the championship match, its first since 1983. The Tigers battled
Jacksonville in the Eastern Regional final on Wednesday night, but after 80 minutes in steady rain the officials deemed the field to be unplayable to continue. That meant that Chapel Hill had to go back to Onslow County to complete the game with the previously unbeaten Cardinals, and on Friday night the Tigers finished the contest with a 2-1 overtime victory to advance
to Saturday's state final.

NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2009 STATE MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
WakeMed Soccer Park

Class 3-A Championship
1 2 OT OT SD
Chapel Hill 0 1 0 0 0 -- 1
Waxhaw Marvin Ridge 0 1 0 0 1 -- 2

SCORING
43rd minute MR-- Kole Patterson (Matt Risher).
63rd minute CH-- Jamie Dell.
101st minute MR--Matt Risher (Garrett Condon).


END NCHSAA 3-A MEN'S SOCCER

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