Klint Parker of Waxhaw Marvin Ridge scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute in a wild 6-5 victory over defending champion Jacksonville for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A men's soccer championship at Dail Soccer Field at North Carolina State University on Saturday afternoon.
It was the highest scoring NCHSAA men's soccer final in history, with the 11 total goals, and four goals were scored in the final 10 minutes.
Senior midfielder Kyle Enoch of Marvin Ridge, who had two goals and an assist, was name the Most Valuable Player of the championship.
Jacksonville opened the scoring in the first three minutes on a goal by Tyler Moore, but Marvin Ridge erupted for four unanswered tallies to take a 4-1 lead at halftime. The Cardinals battled back with three unanswered goals themselves, in a 16-minute span, and finally tied the game in the 70th minute on Moore?s second goal of the match.
The tie didn?t last long, because Enoch scored off an assist from Will Green, who had three assists and a goal on the day, less than a minute later for a 5-4 Maverick lead.
The Cardinals weren't through, with Dylan Elliott knotting the game again, this time at 5-5 in the 75th minute, setting the stage for Parker's dramatic game winner with just 1:27 showing on the clock, his second goal of the day and 24th of the season.
Marvin Ridge had eight shots on goal to six for Jacksonville. Both teams were in the attack mode as each had eight corner kicks.
Jacksonville was making its fifth visit to the NCHSAA finals since 2005, with a 2-2 mark in previous title matches including an overtime win over Hickory in last year's championship. Marvin Ridge was in the final for the second time, with its previous appearance resulting in a state title in 2009.
Marvin Ridge finished the year with a 22-1-1 and a nine-match winning streak. Jacksonville, which had won seven straight entering the final, finished 20-5-1.
The Raleigh Sports Consortium served as a host city sponsor for this championship, along with the city of Raleigh and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.