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Fellowship, BT girls fall in soccer state finals
by Chase Wallace
cwallace@neighbornewspapers.com
May 22, 2013 03:30 PM | 1484 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special / Your Spirit Photography -- Fellowship Christian junior goalkeeper Anna Soderlund makes a diving save in the Class A state championship game, played Saturday afternoon at Kennesaw State University. The Lady Paladins lost the match in overtime to Paideia, 3-2.
Special / Your Spirit Photography -- Fellowship Christian junior goalkeeper Anna Soderlund makes a diving save in the Class A state championship game, played Saturday afternoon at Kennesaw State University. The Lady Paladins lost the match in overtime to Paideia, 3-2.
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Playing on the big stage at Kennesaw State University, the girls of Fellowship Christian and Blessed Trinity battled to the bitter end in their GHSA State Championship matches last weekend. But the opposing teams of Paideia and St. Pius X had the last laugh, topping the Roswell private schools by a single goal to win Class A and Class AAA state championships.

Making their second straight appearance in the Class A championship match, Fellowship Christian dropped their finals match 3-2 against Paideia.

The Lady Paladins struck first with a goal from freshman Megan Hudgens that sent Fellowship into halftime with a 1-0 lead. A quick second half goal from Paideia knotted the match 1-1 before freshman Alexandra Lear gave the Lady Paladins a 2-1 advantage with 20 minutes to play.

“Paideia was a phenomenal team and we knew that coming in,” said Fellowship head coach Trip Hughes. “We played extremely well the entire game, but they got their equalizer late and another early in the overtime period.

“It was everything you would expect from a state finals match, and even though we lost it was an amazing experience for our girls.”

Playing in the AAA state championship, Blessed Trinity held St. Pius scoreless for 74 minutes before Amanda Vocelka netted the games only goal and gave Pius a 1-0 victory.

It was the fourth straight appearance in a state championship for BT’s senior class, but also a third straight defeat in the final game.

“It’s such a tremendous accomplishment to get to this point four years in a row,” said BT girls coach Gil Jean-Baptiste after the loss. “There are a hundred teams around that state that wish they could be in this game and we got here four times in a row, nobody can take away from these girls.”

In a rematch of a 2-0 loss to St. Pius X earlier in the season, Jean-Baptise said his girls executed their game plan perfectly through the early stages, keeping the net clean in the first half and using their depth and fresh legs to create scoring opportunities in the second half.

“We had the four clearest chances of the game but just didn’t finish ours and they finished their one,” he said. “It’s disappointing to lose of course, but we’re also experienced enough to know that you have to finish those goals in a state final.”

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