North Moore falls in final heartbreaker
Wallace-Rose Hill scored a saving, tying goal with eight seconds left in regulation time, then defeated North Moore, 3-2, on penalty kicks, 4-3 in the shootout, in the NCHSAA 1A State Tournament championship match Saturday at Dail Soccer Field at North Carolina State University.
North Moore led most of the way in regulation, but Wallace-Rose Hill tied 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 eight seconds showing on the clock, knotting the game at 2-2.
North Moore junior forward Pedro Ugarte scored, off an assist from Cesar Rojo, to give the Mustangs the lead in the 11th minute.
Trappe scored for the Bulldogs in the 44th minute. Ugarte scored his second goal, off an assist from Johnny Catalan, in the 54th minute for a 2-1 Mustang lead.
After the last-second Bulldog goal, the teams battled through two 10-minute overtime periods and two five-minute golden goal periods before heading into penalty kicks.
Senior goalkeeper Viktor Hansson of Wallace-Rose Hill made the key save and scored the game-winning penalty kick.
Hansson, who made a dramatic save on a North Moore penalty kick in regulation, stopped the Mustangs’ first attempt in the shootout. He converted Wallace-Rose Hill’s fifth and clinching penalty kick in the shootout.
North Moore had 13 total shots, 10 on goal, while Wallace-Rose Hill (23-3) had eight of its 22 total shots on goal.
Both teams were playing in their first NCHSAA soccer championship.
North Moore had a nine-match winning streak snapped and finishes 20-4-1.