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ESPN Names SPX Soccer Team National Champions
June 14th, 2011

Congratulations to the St. Pius X Catholic High School Boys’ Soccer Team who has been named the POWERADE FAB 50 national champions.  The Golden Lions became the first team in Georgia to complete the season on top of the POWERADE FAB 50 which is compiled by ESPN Rise for High Schools.  

St. Pius X ended the season 20-0-1 and captured the AAA state championship for the second time in three seasons.  Sophomore Tyler Alexander (Tucker) tallied 18 goals this season to lead the Golden Lions, while senior goaltender Andrew Wolverton (Snellville) recorded 13 shutouts during the season.  Junior Drew Morgan (Atlanta) added 13 goals and sophomore Alex Kowalski (Smyrna) chipped in 11 for St. Pius X.  The Golden Lions started seven underclassmen in the state title game, a 5-4 decision over Region 5 rival, Woodward Academy.

First-year head coach David O’Shea said, “The team thoroughly deserves the award based on the hard work and effort that they have put in throughout the season.  They work hard for each other and display a real sense of team unity both on and off the field.  As well as their obvious talent, it is their drive and character that has propelled them to such a magnificent accolade.”

The boys’ program becomes the second soccer program at St. Pius X to be recognized as national champions in the previous three years.  The girls’ soccer program was named national champions by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2009.

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