MAY 16 - 18, 2019
CHAMPIONSHIP SWEEPS IN REACH FOR WESLEYAN, WESTMINSTER AND LAMBERT BY SETH ELLERBEE
cEachern High School in Powder Springs is set to host three days of soccer state championship action with a schedule that features eight star-studded matchups. The Class A-Private title games will begin championship weekend on Thursday, May 16 with Wesleyan taking on Pinecrest Academy in the girls finals. Wesleyan is in the hunt for its second all-time girls soccer state title after winning the Class A crown in 2017 and Pinecrest Academy sits one win away from a would-be first. The boys Class A-Private match also features a Wesleyan program in the hunt for the second state title—the Wolves captured the Class AA crown in 2016. Challenging Wesleyan will be Whitefield Academy, which took home a Class A state title as recently as 2017. Wesleyan beat Atlanta International 2-1 in Tuesday night’s semifinals while Whitefield served a Walker 5-0 defeat. On Friday, Class AAA will showcase an all-Region 5 matchup on the girls side of the classification as Westminster takes on rival Lovett. The finals are familiar territory for the Lady Wildcats, who have won four-straight girls soccer championships, five of the last six and 12 overall.
Lovett, which has three girls titles – 2001, 2005 and 2016, was defeated by Westminster 4-0 on April 5. On the boys side, Westminster will be chasing its 14th alltime state title and third consecutive as Coahulla Creek challenged the Wildcats for what would be its first-ever boys soccer championship.
GRAND FINALE A four-game marathon on Saturday will bring the season to a close and it begins with the Class AAAAAA girls match between Dacula and Harrison. Dacula is searching for its first-ever girls soccer title. The Falcons have dominated the competition this postseason, moving through Douglas County (9-0), Dunwoody (3-0), Glynn Academy (6-0) and Heritage-Conyers (6-0) to earn its title berth. Harrison has won three girls soccer state titles – 2011, 2014 and 2017. The Hoyas handled Northview( 2-0), Apalachee (5-0), Houston County (4-2) and Johns Creek (2-1) to reach the championship stage. In the boys Class AAAAAA finals, Gainesville is in search for its third soccer state title against a four-time state champion Dalton program. Gainesville moved through Douglas County 7-0,
Chattahoochee 2-1, Richmond Hill 4-3 and Cambridge 3-2 to earn its title berth. Dalton carries a flawless 22-0 record into the finals and defeated Northview 2-1, Apalachee 5-1, Glynn Academy 5-1 and Pope 6-1 this postseason. In Class AAAAAAA, the undefeated Lambert girls (23-0) will try for their second soccer title after winning Class AAAAAAA two years ago. The Longhorns are ranked as one of the best teams in the country and have outscored their opponents 107-3 this season. On the other side of the pitch, North Gwinnett is looking for its second all-time girls soccer state title and first since 2010. The Bulldogs will be riding momentum from their 2(4)-2(3) victory over Parkview in PK’s in the semis. On the boys side, Lambert will try to defend its 2018 title after scoring a PK victory over Meadowcreek (2-1) in the semifinals. Lambert also won the AAAA championship in 2012 before last year’s. Across the pitch, Lakeside-DeKalb will be going for its eighth boys soccer state title. The Vikings’ most recent championship was the AAAA championship in 2008 and they earned this year's title berth with a 2-1 victory over Milton in the semifinals. Photos courtesy of the GHSA
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