Westminster and St. Pius sweep titles

Sonny Kennedy

With the GHSA soccer finals taking place at two neutral sites this year for the first time, the University of West Georgia and Kennesaw State University saw plenty of championship action Friday and Saturday. Perhaps the biggest upset of the weekend came Saturday when Berkmar defeated Collins Hill 2-0 for the boys Class AAAAAA title for the Patriots’ first-ever soccer state title. Kofi Twumasi found the back of the net early in the second half to give Berkmar a 1-0 lead and Awey Houry would beat Collins Hill goalkeeper Jackson Taylor with 15 minutes remaining to clinch the title. The Eagles were making a sixth straight appearance in the finals, but could not add a fourth title to the trophy case. … The Parkview girls won the program’s eighth state title thanks to a 2-1 victory over Harrison. The Panthers needed penalty kicks but converted on four of them with Megan Wiley making a save to earn the victory. Parkview’s Emma Carlson and Harrison’s Monica Herrera scored during regulation. … The McIntosh Chiefs are in serious consideration for a national title after shutting out Houston County 2-0 for the Class AAAAA boys title the 21st shutout of the season for McIntosh, which finished 23-0. This season, McIntosh outscored its opponents 137-2 as only Lakeside-DeKalb and Mundy’s Mill dirtied up the scorer’s sheet against McIntosh this season. … The Whitewater girls reached the state finals for the fifth straight year, but for the fifth straight year the Wildcats fell as Northgate blasted them 4-1 to win the Class AAAAA girls title. Micayla Crenshaw netted a pair of goals for Northgate. … Dalton finished the season 22-0 after taking out Southeast Whitfield 5-0 in the boys Class AAAA finals. Salvador Rodriguez, Daniel Palacios, Eder Mora and Ramiro Huitanda all scored goals for the Catamounts. … Marist took out the Columbus girls 5-0 in the Class AAAA championship game. Katie MacGinnitie led the War Eagles with a pair of goals. Caroline Strom, Emily Gale and Meredith Selvey also tallied goals. … St. Pius X swept the Class AAA championships as the boys beat Woodward Academy 2-0 while the girls won 1-0 over Blessed Trinity. For the boys, it was the third state title in five years as David O’Shea’s team was given an early lead by Tyler Alexander. Amanda Vocelka netted the game’s only goal in the girls final to help St. Pius X take its fourth title in five seasons. … Westminster pulled off the sweep in Class AA as the girls held off Greater Atlanta Christian 3-2 while the boys won 1-0. Kathryn Murray, Liza Linginfelter and Carolina Beadles put Westminster up 3-0 in the first half before GAC tried to mount a comeback. Rachel Garcia and Taylor Wagon scored in the second half, but GAC could get no closer. For the boys, Harrison Butker scored off a corner kick in the second half to take out Matt Rice’s Calhoun Yellow Jackets. Westminster has won six titles since 2001. … In Class A, Paideia won both the boys and girls titles, the boys winning 5-4 after PKs over Hebron Christian and the girls winning 3-2 over Fellowship Christian in overtime. Alex Murdoch and Shivani Bealle each scored in regulation for the Paideia girls, then Bealle scored again in overtime to take out Fellowship Christian. The boys prevailed 4-1 in the PK session. Malcolm Singleton scored with less than 90 seconds remaining in the second half to extend the game.

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