GHSA soccer state championship updates from Thursday

Credit: GHSA Twitter

Credit: GHSA Twitter

The GHSA soccer state championships take place from Tuesday to Friday at McEachern in Powder Springs, Duluth High School in Duluth and Mercer University in Macon.

Follow the links to see the recaps from Tuesday and Wednesday or see the Thursday results below.

Class 4A

Girls -- Westminster 2, North Oconee 1

A pair of goals from two of its seniors in the final match of their storied high school careers lifted Westminster past North Oconee and to the program’s 16th state championship and eighth straight title. Kiera Staude scored with 21:38 left in the first half and Allie Ross pushed the lead with 34:40 left in the match. North Oconee found scoring from junior forward Grace Maddox but could not overcome the deficit. Westminster won its first title in 1996 and then another in 1998. The Wildcats won five-straight titles from 2002-2006 and then captured the 2013 title, two seasons before the ongoing streak began. North Oconee won its first and only state championship in 2021.

Boys -- Johnson-Gainesville 4, Westminster 2

Defending-champion Johnson-Gainesville enjoyed an early 2-0 lead and weathered a game-tying run from 14-time champion Westminster to secure the program’s third state title after winning championships in 2018 and last season. Junior forward Edgar Vazquez scored the go-ahead goal with 14:23 left in regulation and senior midfielder Jorge Sandoval notched the final goal as time expired. Vazquez scored with 36:18 left in the first half to put Johnson up 1-0. Sophomore forward Daniel Trujillo extended the lead with a goal at 23:58 for Johnson. Westminster found momentum from a goal from junior midfielder Campbell Henn with 22:20 left in the first half. Early in the second half, Westminster senior defender Noah Cooney scored to tie the match. Westminster won its 14 championships from 1966 to 2019, but have fallen short each season since.

Class 5A

Girls -- Chamblee 9, Greenbrier 0

Each team entered the 5A championship match wanting its first state championship and Chamblee’s offensive onslaught overwhelmed Greenbrier as the Bulldogs enjoyed a stress-free waltz into the history books. Junior forward Solai Washington scored four goals to lead the Bulldogs. Washington scored with 5:24 left in the first half and then completed the second-half hattrick with goals with 29:52, 9:32 and 7:39 left in the match. Junior Kara Croone (30:30 1st), junior Ansley Harrison (23:57 1st), sophomore Alessandra Washington (14:53 1st) and senior Cameron Pfau (26:28, 18:36 2nd) added goals.

Boys -- Dalton 2, Midtown 0

After going scoreless in regulation, two overtime goals from sophomore forward Luis Favela lifted Dalton past Midtown and to the program’s seventh state championship. Dalton won its first championship in 2003 and since 2013, the Catamounts won state championships in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019 and 2021. Midtown was trying for the team’s first-ever state title after an unprecedented run through the playoff bracket with victories over Kell 3-1, Clarke Central 5-0, McIntosh 2-0 and Centennial 1-0 in the semifinals.