ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Despite some protest, the first day of the Georgia High School Association soccer championships proceeded as planned on Thursday at Duluth, McEachern, Mercer, and Savannah Memorial Stadium.
On the first day of the championship, North Oconee Titans pulled one of the two upsets of the day in the 4A Girls division after they beat 10-time state champion Marist 3-2.
The favorite Marist started strong in the game as they lead 1-0, but the Titans played more focused in the remaining minutes of the game to pull the upset against Marist who has won three of the four 4A titles.
In the other championships, the favorites continued their dominance against their opponents.
In the 3A division, Westminster Wildcats beat Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans 3-2 to win its sixth state championships at Five Star Stadium on the campus of Mercer University in Macon.
The victory is sweet for the Wildcats since it came two years since they won their fifth consecutive titles in 2018.
In the 5A Girls, Blessed Trinity Titans overcome a goal disadvantage in the first half to beat St. Pius X Golden Bears 2-1 to win its sixth state championship.
Ella McGlynn gave the winning goal for her team with 26:20 left in the match.
In the 2A Girls, Lovett won its fourth state championship by blanking Bremen 3-0.
In 4A Boys, Southeast Whitfield dispatches East Hall 4-0.
In 3A Boys, Coahulla Creek beat the three-time defending champion Westminster 3-1 to pull the other upset of the day and win their first state championship.
Coming into the game, Westminster was picked by many to win their 15th state soccer championship but Coahulla Creek has other things in mind and spoils the supposed championship party of the former.
In 5A Boys, McIntosh played superbly down the stretch to beat defending champion Johnson-Gainesville 2-1.
The huge win is the eighth soccer championship for the school.
In 2A Boys, Pace Academy won its second state championship by beating Lovett 5-2.
The win is also sweet for Pace since they had not won a state title since 2006.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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