Porter Ridge’s magical, unbeaten high school soccer season came to an end Saturday in the N.C. 4A state championship.
The Pirates fell to Green Hope 3-0 in the state final.
Green Hope won its third title since 2011.
Porter Ridge (26-1-2) had won 22 games in a row and had shut out five of its last six opponents. Before Saturday, Porter Ridge had only allowed two goals in a game once, a 4-2 win over East Mecklenburg on Oct. 24 in overtime.
Saturday, Green Hope (28-1) scored in the 25th minute, when Connor Munz converted. Seven minutes later, Jacob Sciandra scored off a rebound, when Porter Ridge goalie Julio Rangel successfully blocked an attempt by Anthony Boswell.
In the 75th minute, Green Hope got its third score, when Camden Holbrook smacked a corner kick that William Dugger headed in.
Porter Ridge managed only three shots for the game, compared with 16 for Green Hope. Porter Ridge goalie Rangel had five saves.