Marvin Ridge won its third N.C. High School Athletic Association state soccer championship Saturday, beating Chapel Hill 1-0 at N.C. State.
The Mavericks scored on a penalty kick from Brandon Young in the first half of a tight game.
Marvin Ridge improved to 3-0 in championship games, winning its first state title since 2013. Marvin Ridge beat Chapel Hill 2-1 in overtime in 2009 and beat Jacksonville in a 6-5 thriller in 2013.
On Saturday, the game was decided on the penalty.
Marvin Ridge (24-3) went up in the 39th minute, just before halftime, as Brandon Young converted his penalty try. The Mavericks’ Matt Winesette drew the foul after beating Chapel Hill (24-3) defender Brendan Holly to an errant back pass.
When Winesette got control of the ball, Holly fell back into him. An official told Chapel Hill coach Jason Curtis that it was an elbow to the neck that prompted the PK call.
Young’s PK went into to the upper right-hand corner.
It was the only score on a day when the wind blew to 40 miles per hour and affected play. In the first half, an NCHSAA tent blew onto the playing surface. In the second half, a Marvin Ridge player hit a ball high that appeared to heading for the top row of the bleacher. The wind slowed it down and it ended just over the end line.
Chapel Hill was aiming for its fourth state championship. The Tigers won it all in 1972, 1974 and 1983.
Raleigh News & Observer reported J. Mike Blake contributed