Saturday soccer championship recaps

First Presbyterian Day's girls won the Class A title. Credit: Seth Ellerbee

On Day 2 of the GHSA soccer state championships, both Mercer’s Five Star Stadium and McEachern’s Cantrell Stadium host four title games across four classifications — AAAAAAA, AAAAAA, AAAA and A. Read about all six of Friday’s championship games in Saturday’s recap post.



Girls Class AAAAAA
Alpharetta 3, Glynn Academy 2

Alpharetta won its first-ever girls state soccer championship after defeating Glynn Academy in the Class AAAAAA title game at McEachern.

Just nine minutes in, Alpharetta took a 1-0 lead on a Mary Wygle goal with on an assist from Ellie Fuller. Glynn answered just over a minute later on a goal after several sloppy attempts to clear the ball from the box. At the 16-minute mark, Abby Schwartz converted a penalty kick after Jenna Horton drew a foul in the box, giving Alpharetta a 2-1 lead.

With five minutes left in the half, an Alpharetta defender fell in the box following a Glynn cross, and the following goal tied the game at 2-2.

In the second half, Alpharetta’s Horton scored just seven minutes in on a goal just under the cross bar. The Lady Raiders’ defense weathered the next 33 minutes without a goal, giving them the 3-2 victory.

Boys Class AAAAAA
Chattahoochee 2, Cambridge 1 (OT)

It took two periods of extra time, but in the end, a goal by Ryan Kapper in the first overtime period gave Chattahoochee the Class AAAAAA boys soccer title for the second year in a row.

The game went scoreless through the first half before Chattahoochee took a 1-0 lead from a Sammy Viada goal with eight minutes left in the second half. Cambridge would not go quietly, however, and a Ryan Walker goal with :28 left in regulation tied the game at 1-1.

The Chattahoochee defense weathered another five-minute overtime period, securing the title. Chattahoochee took the Class AAAA title in 2011, its first before taking last year’s AAAAAA title.

Girls Class AAAAAAA
Parkview 2, Milton 0

Parkview won its ninth girls soccer title after moving past Milton 2-0 in the Class AAAAAAA title game at McEachern. The Lady Panthers tied for titles in Class AAAA in 1999 with Pope, in Class AAAAA in 2003 with Brookwood and in 2007 with Grayson. The victory marks the first title for Parkview since the 2013 season.

Through the first half, neither team could capitalize offensively. Parkview had the advantage in possession and shots in the first half but Alexandra Bicknell stood strong in the net. Milton’s Payton Aussin gave Parkview a scare with a shot on goal midway through the period, but a solid stand from the Panthers keeper denied the attempt.

Parkview struck first just over three minutes into the second half on a Nieva Gaithersburg goal. Parkview stretched the lead to a comfortable 2-0 with a goal by Tesfanesh McDonald in the 68th minute.

Boys Class AAAAAAA
Lambert 3, South Forsyth 2

Lambert won its second-ever state title with a 3-2 victory over South Forsyth in the Class AAAAAAA title game at McEachern. The Longhorns’ last state title came in 2012 in Class AAAA.

Lambert’s Logan Racine struck first on a header into the left side of the net at the 32:37 mark of the first half. South would answer 29 minutes later on a goal from Patrick Kelly on a 30-yard strike.

Lambert struck first in the second half on a short shot by Noah Sivinski that was assisted by Kyler Darsey with 31:18 left in the second half. With five minutes left in regulation, Darsey found another teammate, this time Hayden Fontana, who converted a goal to the right side of the net. South Forsyth got a consolation goal from Diego Cruz but the game was out of reach.


Girls Class A
First Presbyterian 2, Athens Academy 0

First Presbyterian won its third state title and first since 2012 as it defeated Athens Academy in the Class A title game at Mercer in Macon.

FPD took a 1-0 lead on a goal from sophomore midfielder Maggie Davis 26 minutes into the game. Davis got the ball in the right side of the box and struck a low shot to the bottom left side of the net.

Just over five minutes into the second half, FPD applied even more pressure on a header goal by junior midfielder Jansyn Samples, giving the Lady Vikings a commanding 2-0 lead.

First Presbyterian won back-to-back Class A titles in 2011 and 2012.

Boys Class A
Paideia 2, Atlanta International 0

Paideia won its fourth boys state soccer title with a 2-0 victory over Atlanta International in the Class A title game at Mercer.

The game went back and forth as both squads searched for a rhythm, and at the 25-minute mark, Paideia struck first on a goal by sophomore midfielder Lorenzo Socchi. The game would remain 1-0 at the half.

Following the break, it took less than 30 minutes for Paideia to extend the lead on a goal by Jack Reilly off a rebound inside the box. The goal pushed the lead to 2-0 and put the game seemingly out of reach. Frustrations down the stretch led to several yellow cards against Atlanta International, putting the game further out of reach.

Paideia won its three other titles in 2013-14 and 2016.

Girls Class AAAA
Marist 2, St. Pius 1

Marist won its 10th girls soccer title as the Lady War Eagles defeated St. Pius in Macon after losing to the Lady Golden Lions for the third year in a row in last year’s state title game. Marist shared two titles over the years, in 1995 with Pace Academy and in 2001 with St. Pius.

St. Pius took the lead with just under seven minutes in the game as senior Emory Wegener snuck the ball past the Marist goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation. The would stay 1-0 at the half.

Marist erased the deficit just two minutes into the second half on a goal by sophomore midfielder Liz Geeslin, and then the Lady War Eagles commanded the pace of the game for the rest of the half, keeping the St. Pius defense on its toes.

The effort paid off, and with seven minutes left, Caroline Ross, a junior forward, scored to break the stalemate and give Marist the lead. Smart play down the stretch put the game away for the Lady War Eagles.

Boys Class AAAA
Northwest Whitfield 3, Chestatee 2

In a game that was scoreless at the break, Northwest Whitfield used two goals within the final 3:30 to overtake Chestatee and win its first-ever state title in the final game of the day at Mercer.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead early on a 30-yard strike from Anthony Ramirez at the 34:33 mark of the second half before two Chestatee goals allowed the War Eagles a 2-1 lead. At the 21:24 mark, Austin Manzo scored off a through ball when, as the goalie went low, Manzo chipped the ball over the keeper into the back of the net.

At 6:25, Uriel Rocha scored on a pass from Mateus Jennings for a strange goal. Following a loose ball that rolled toward the goal line, Rocha laid on his chest just outside the goal, seemingly pushing the ball over the plane with his head for an interesting header, to say the least.

From then, it was all Northwest Whitfield’s game. Sergio Soria scored with a blast to the near post with 3:30 left in the game, and just a minute and a half later, Soria assisted Fabian Navarro with the go-ahead strike to give the Bruins the 3-2 lead and the game.

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