RALEIGH—Senior goalkeeper Viktor Hansson of Wallace-Rose Hill made the key save and scored the game winner on Saturday afternoon as the Bulldogs edged North Moore 3-2 in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A men's soccer championship at Dail Soccer Field at North Carolina State University.
After 80 minutes of regulation time ended at 2-2, the teams battled through two 10-minute overtime periods and two five-minute golden goal sessions scoreless before heading into penalty kicks. Hansson, who made a dramatic save on a North Moore penalty kick in regulation and then stopped the Mustangs’ first attempt in the shootout, converted Wallace-Rose Hill’s fifth and final PK in the shootout as the Bulldogs got the winning goal on a 4-3 edge in PK’s.
North Moore led most of the way in regulation, but Wallace-Rose Hill managed to tie the game in dramatic fashion. Senior Phillip Trappe scored his second goal of the day for the Bulldogs on a shot from the left side with only eight seconds showing on the clock, knotting the game at 2-2.
Junior forward Pedro Ugarte scored both of North Moore’s goals.
North Moore had 13 total shots, 10 on goal, while W-RH had eight of its 22 total shots on goals.
Both teams were playing in their first NCHSAA men's soccer championship. Wallace-Rose Hill, which was the number-one seeded team in the Eastern bracket, ended the season with a 13-match winning streak and finished the season 23-3.
North Moore had a nine-match winning streak snapped and finished 20-4-1.
The Raleigh Sports Consortium served as a host city sponsor for the championship, along with the city of Raleigh and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.
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