Green Hope High scored the only goals of the game in the final 14 minutes as they won their second consecutive N.C. High School Athletic Association state 4-A men’s soccer championship, beating Myers Park High of Charlotte 2-0 at N.C. State University’s Dail Soccer Field on November 16.
Green Hope senior goalkeeper Sam Bissette, a 6-4 junior who made six saves and a couple of the spectacular variety, was named the championship game’s Most Valuable Player. He helped keep Myers Park at bay, especially in the first half when the Mustangs seemed to have the edge in play, and then secured two saves on point-blank shots in the second half.
Green Hope captain Joshua Kennedy finally broke the scoreless tie in the 66th minute off an assist from Cole Dixon to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Then in the game’s final two minutes with Myers Park pressing forward, Zack Compton got loose on a breakaway and put it in near post to secure the victory. Compton had come on as a sub in the second half.
Green Hope had eight shots on goal to seven for Myers Park, and Green Hope had two corner kick opportunities to one for Myers Park.
Green Hope finished the season at 24-2; Myers Park ended the year 20-4.
The contest was a rematch of last year’s 4-A state championship, which Green Hope won 2-1 in overtime. This year’s win gave Green Hope its second state crown in four trips to the championship match. This was the third consecutive appearance in the finals for Myers Park and sixth overall. Myers Park won its only state soccer title in 2008.
Thanks to WCPSS athletic director Bobby Guthrie for sharing this story.