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Zhang’s late goals lifts Riverside to 3A soccer title

The Riverside Rams capped an unbeaten season by defeating the Blacksburg Bruins 1-0 in the Virginia 3A state boys’ soccer final.—Times-Mirror/Jeff Vennitti
The 2017 Virginia 3A state boys' soccer championship game featured a budding program in second-year Riverside versus a Blacksburg team that has won 12 state titles.

As it has throughout the season, Riverside proved up to the challenge June 10 at Roanoke College.

Senior midfielder Michael Zhang buried a free kick into the right corner of the net with two minutes left in regulation to lift the Rams to a thrilling 1-0 victory.

Zhang's late goal earns the unbeaten Rams (21-0-2) their first state title. Coach Kris Goodwin also guided Riverside to conference and regional crowns in 2017.

-Photos by Jeff Vennitti


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