St. Pius X Girls Reach State Soccer Semifinals
Published: May 7, 2009
St. Pius X’s speedy junior forward Alexa Newfield, right, scored two first-half goals to help her team to a 9-0 defeat of West Forsyth High School during the second round of the state soccer finals. Newfield has tallied 35 goals and 10 assists this season. (Photos by Michael Alexander)
ATLANTA—The Lady Golden Lions soccer team of St. Pius X High School defeated West Forsyth High School, Cumming, in an April 28 match and Woodward Academy on May 1 to reach the state semifinals.
With superior speed and foot skill, seven different St. Pius players scored to complete a 9-0 shutout of West Forsyth in the second round match.
This year’s quarterfinal match against Woodward Academy was similar to last year’s semifinal match between the two teams. Once again the game was decided by one point, except this year St. Pius won in regulation and not in a tiebreaker.
St. Pius and Woodward left it all on the field as the two teams tested one another in a highly intense match, which was both mentally and physically draining. During the first half of the match St. Pius attempted a variety of shots, ranging from 15 to 25 yards out from the goal. They also had two corner kicks and two penalty kicks. In some cases the shots veered high or wide, but in at least five cases it was the play of Woodward goalkeeper Connie Organ who provided some sensational saves. The teams went to halftime scoreless.
Woodward Academy players display their anguish as St. Pius’ Christine Christy (facing camera) embraces Jocelyn Baker after Baker scores the winning goal in the 1-0 defeat of Woodward Academy during state soccer quarterfinals May 1. Christy provided the assist on the play.
During the intermission St. Pius head coach Sara Geiger implored her players to move to the open space and have confidence in their decisions and passes. Her words paid off with 9:51 left in the second half when senior forward Christine Christy passed to her classmate and midfielder, Jocelyn Baker, who kicked it past the hands of Woodward’s Organ for the only goal and a 1-0 victory.
If they win the semifinal match against Creekview High School, Canton, the St. Pius team will host the state championship match Friday, May 8, against the winner of the Spaulding High School, Griffin, and North Hall High School, Gainesville, match.