Catholic Claims 3A Soccer Crown

RALEIGH, N.C. --- ­ Sutton Porter scored the only goal of the contest to lift Charlotte Catholic to a 1-0 triumph over Jacksonville in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A men's soccer championship on Sunday afternoon at the Curtis and Jackie Dail Soccer Stadium at N.C. State University.

Porter, a junior forward, broke a scoreless tie in the tightly contested game in the 78th minute. Charlotte Catholic's Chris Kyryliuk served a corner kick to Ben Needham of the Cougars, who collected it and got it to Porter for the shot. Porter, who scored his 20th goal of the season, was chosen as the championship Most Valuable Player.

Senior goalkeeper Patrick Eavenson recorded the shutout for the Cougars. Jacksonville had three shots on goal to six for Catholic, which also had nine corner kick attempts.

Charlotte Catholic made a record 15th appearance in the NCHSAA state soccer championships and the Cougars won their seventh state title. Catholic had won previously in 1986, '87, '92, 2001, '03 and '04.

Catholic ended the season 24-1-1 while Jacksonville, a veteran team which won a state championship in 2005 and had 13 seniors on its roster this season, closed at 25-4.

Wendy's is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program. The Raleigh Sports Consortium serves as a host city sponsor for these championships, along with the city of Raleigh and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

Charlotte Catholic 0 1 -- 1
Jacksonville 0 0 -- 0

78th minute CC Sutton Porter (Ben Needham).

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