ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Eight more teams were crowned as champions as the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state soccer championships concluded Friday at four locations throughout the state – McEachern, Duluth, Savannah Memorial Stadium, and Five Star Stadium at Mercer in Macon.
Among the newly crowned champions, the South Forsyth is one of the proudest since they were able to pull an upset against the two-time champions Lambert 2-1 in a thrilling double-overtime game.
Dino Stavros was the hero in the game as he scored the winning goal for the South Forsyth Eagles who won its first-ever state championship.
Before losing to the Eagles, Lambert had won the past two state championships in 7A to go with a 4A title in 2012.
In the 6A Girls, Johns Creek won its first-ever state championship after beating Cambridge 2-0.
Johns Creek head coach Mary Byrne in an interview after their win is very happy and proud of the performance of her team especially to the goal scorers senior Lana Whittfield and Junior Reagan Lundstedt.
“They were beautiful goals,” Byre said.
In 7A Girls, West Forsyth blanked Lambert 1-0 to win its first-ever state championship.
Junior forward Tori DellaPeruta gave the winning goal for the Wolverines over the Longhorns who were trying to win their second state championship since 2017.
In A Public Girls, Atlanta Classical Academy demolished Armuchee 4-0 to win its first-ever state championship.
Sophomore Kristen Bunting was the woman of the hour for the team as she scored a hat-trick in the game.
In A Private Girls, Holy Innocents’ captured its second state championship after beating Pinecrest Academy 3-1 in overtime.
In 6A Boys, Despite an early goal disadvantage, Dalton rallied to beat Johns Creek 3-2 to successfully defend their 2019 state championship.
In A Public Boys, Georgia Military survived the onslaught from Classical Education in double overtime to win its second straight state championships 2-0.
Ethan Tolentino was the man of the hour for George Military as he scored the team’s two winning goals.
In Private Boys, Wesleyan Wolves successfully defended its 2019 state championship by beating Atlanta 3-1.
The win is sweet for the Wolves since they were able to over a 2-0 lead from Atlanta and capture the championship again this year.