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St. Pius X Golden Lions
Soccer Teams Sweep AAA State Championships
May 20th, 2013
St. Pius X captured the fifth and sixth state titles of the 2012-13 school year as both Golden Lion soccer teams took the AAA crown last weekend. It marked the fourth time since 2001 that the squads swept their respective classification championship.
Boys’ soccer did not yield a goal in the post-season as the Golden Lions (19-0-2) captured the AAA championship with a 2-0 win over Woodward. St. Pius X used a first half goal by Tyler Alexander and a tally by J. D. Manzo with just over twenty minutes in regulation to down its Region 6-AAA rival. Ryan Beck kept the War Eagles off the board, as the Golden Lions recorded its 16th shutout of the season.
St. Pius X advanced to the title game by defeating Oconee County on Wednesday. After a scoreless first half, Alexander found the back of the net early in the second half. Manzo added a score late in the second half to seal the 2-0 victory. The championship was the eighth in school history and the third in the last five years for the boys’ soccer squad.
Girls' soccer took its fourth title in five years with a 1-0 win over Region 6-AAA foe Blessed Trinity. The Golden Lions (19-1-3) lone score came from junior Amanda Vocelka with just over six minutes to go in regulation. Hannah Smith kept the clean sheet in net for the ladies. The championship was also the seventh crown in school history, all since 1998.
Earlier in the week the ladies traveled to Buford and won 7-3. After falling behind early, Tiffany Rodriguez and Melissa Pagoaga scored a goal apiece, while Vocelka scored two goals to give the Golden Lions a 4-1 lead at the break. The Lady Wolves cut the score to 4-3 with just over 18 minutes remaining before St. Pius X erupted for three goals to provide the final margin.