Green Hope claims 4-A soccer title, 4-0
Posted November 20, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — Green Hope used first half goals from seniors Connor Munz and Jacob Sciandra to take control early and defeat Porter Ridge, 3-0, to claim the 2016 NCHSAA boy’s soccer state championship at Dail Soccer Field on the campus of N.C. State University.
It was the third state championship in six years for the Falcons, who also won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Green Hope finishes the campaign 28-1 overall while Porter Ridge ends its season 26-1-2 after suffering defeat for the first time in 2016.
“Putting together a plan only matters so much,” Green Hope head coach David Corsbie said. “These guys executed it. We knew where our space was going to be and we exploited that space. These guys made it all happen.”
With a gametime temperature of 44 degrees, it was a chilly evening on N.C. State’s campus. Green Hope shrugged off the weather and took control of the match early.
The first genuine chance of the contest occurred in the game’s 10th minute. Green Hope junior Camden Holbrook drove down the left side of the pitch but watched as his cross slid into the box and past the goal untouched.
Only two minutes later, senior Matt Ostrander attempted a long shot on goal that the Porter Creek keeper struggled with. The ball, however, did not cross the line into goal despite the howls of protest from the Green Hope section of supporters who made the short trip from Cary.
Green Hope threatened again in the 22nd minute. Holbrook sent another cross into the box and the ball ended up in front of Falcon defender Connor Brookshire but the best the junior could muster was a shot attempt off his knee that went wide.
The Falcons finally broke through three minutes later when Munz sent a shot into the top right corner of the goal.
“I played the moment going through my head leading up to the game and for [scoring a goal] to happen, I didn’t even know how to react to it,” Munz said. “All of my teammates are so happy for me and it was a great moment.”
Porter Ridge had an immediate chance to respond after a penalty kick was called in the box with 15:04 left in the first half following a handball. The Pirates could not capitalize as Zack Colaianni sent the ball well over goal.
Seven minutes later Sciandra slotted the ball home on the left side to give the Falcons added breathing room. Green Hope never looked back.
“It is an incredible feeling having a ton of people from our school on the side of the goal, scoring that goal and being able to celebrate with them is a great feeling,” Sciandra said. “We ran a near-perfect season and as a senior that is great.”
William Duggar added a late goal when he headed in a corner kick with 5:05 remaining. All three of Green Hope’s goals in the contest were scored by seniors.
“Last year we didn’t have that maturity,” Corsbie said. “I think we were arrogant without achieving anything. This year we knew what we were capable of but we stayed humble about it for the most part.
“They knew what the goal was. Every time we had a big victory we said ‘Enjoy it. Celebrate it, but this isn’t why we are playing this year.’ We have bigger goals, and this is the big goal.”