A 34-year drought came to an end on Saturday, when the Chapel Hill High boys soccer team defeated Asheville’s A.C. Reynolds 2-0 to win the school’s first NCHSAA 3A State Championship since 1983.

Ryan Smith scored one goal and assisted on the other for Chapel Hill, with each coming after a scoreless first half which saw Chapel Hill dominate possession but fail to break through on net.

His corner kick midway through the second half found teammate Ryan Meachem, who headed the ball in to break the 0-0 tie.

Smith then scored himself with just two minutes remaining–putting the final nail in A.C. Reynolds’ coffin.

It was also a measure of redemption for the Tigers (23-4-1), who lost to Marvin Ridge in last season’s state title game.

The school now has four state titles in boys soccer, having won the tournament in 1972 and 1974 prior to winning in 1983.


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