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Wild title game lifts Marvin Ridge

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

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    Observer Sweet 16

    Observer rankings of the top 16 programs in our circulation area

    Rk Team (Class) Rec
    1Marvin Ridge (3A)22-1-1
    2Hough (4A)22-5
    3Providence (4A)24-1
    4Salisbury (2A)26-1
    5Charlotte Catholic (4A)20-4-2
    6Garinger (4A)22-1
    7Fred T. Foard (3A)19-6-3
    8South Iredell (3A)19-3-2
    9Lake Norman Charter (2A)16-7-2
    10West Caldwell (2A)20-4-1
    11Thomas Jefferson (1A)19-2-1
    12Shelby (2A)20-5
    13Charlotte Country Day (IND)13-4-3
    14South Mecklenburg (4A)14-8-2
    15Myers Park (4A)12-5-2
    16Ardrey Kell (4A)15-7-2



Marvin Ridge was part of a record-setting N.C. state soccer championship game in November, and today, the Mavericks are kings of the Observer Sweet 16 soccer poll.

Marvin Ridge (22-1-1) won the state 3A championship in a wild 6-5 game with 2012 champ Jacksonville. The 11 goals set a championship record and the teams combined for four goals in the final 10 minutes. Marvin Ridge’s Klint Parker made the winning kick with less than two minutes to play.

Marvin Ridge also is No. 1 in MaxPreps national poll. The Mavericks were one of three Observer area teams ranked nationally last week. Providence was No. 17 and Garinger was No. 25. Providence finishes at No. 3 in the Observer’s poll behind N.C. 4A semifinalist Hough and one spot ahead of N.C. 2A state champ Salisbury. Garinger, which had the best season in school history, finished sixth in the Sweet 16.

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