Weddington only got one goal in Saturday’s N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state championship game.
But it was more than enough.
Morgan Mecia weaved through four Pirates defenders in the 28th minute. It was the only time Weddington could unlock a back line from Corinth Holders that had not given up a goal in the postseason. Mecia’s goal stood up, though, and Weddington won the state title 1-0.
Weddington, which lost in the 2014 state championship game, won the title for the second year in a row. In 2016, Weddington beat Jacksonville 2-1 in the finals.
Corinth Holders (19-5-1) was the first Johnston County girls soccer team to reach the state finals. The Pirates gave the Warriors (22-2) all they could handle, but Weddington prevailed to complete the repeat. Mecia was named championship game MVP.