Marvin Ridge boys’ soccer team recognized for national ranking
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Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

Marvin Ridge boys’ soccer team recognized for national ranking

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- LUISA LOWRIE OF MAXPREPS
The Marvin Ridge boys’ soccer team recently was recognized for its national ranking after winning the NCHSAA 3A state championship.

The Marvin Ridge boys’ soccer team was presented the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during halftime of a Mavericks boys’ basketball game Jan. 17.

Marvin Ridge finished this past season ranked No. 1 in the nation by high school sports website MaxPreps.com. The team was one of 10 recognized by the MaxPreps Tour of Champions.

Marvin Ridge beat Jacksonville 6-5 to win the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state championship in November. The game was the highest-scoring title game in NCHSAA history.

The state championship is the program’s second; the Mavericks finished the season 22-1-1.

“It is an honor to be recognized by MaxPreps and the National Guard,” head coach Jason Zak said in a news release. “I know rankings can be subjective, but I feel very confident with this group of guys. I honestly think we could take on any team in the nation, because they are such a fine squad.”

Marvin Ridge’s only loss in 2013 was to Ardrey Kell, 1-0. The Mavericks outscored opponents by a total 112-20.

Seniors Klint Parker and Will Green were named N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state and led the team with 24 goals each. Parker also was named Southern Carolina Conference player of the year and will play at Air Force in the fall.

Midfielder Kyle Enoch was named NCSCA all-region after scoring 18 goals.

MaxPreps uses a computer program to determine national rankings. The rankings take into account total wins, quality wins and strength of schedule.

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