WolfPack Varsity Boys Soccer Wins First-Ever Region Title
From the Marietta Daily Journal article on April 18, 2017
In four years, Whitefield Academy’s boys soccer program went from not having a team at all to claiming the first area championship in team history.
The WolfPack, ranked No. 3 in Class A, could not have asked for a better ending to their regular season than a 3-0 upset victory over top-ranked Walker to claim the Area 5A championship Tuesday.
“It was a great feeling. This was a game where either team could have come out on top,” Whitefield coach Steve Hellier said. “It was a well-fought game. I’m so proud of these guys. After four years, the seniors on the team now were freshmen on our first team back. For them to win the area championship, it’s just awesome.”
It marked Whitefield’s fifth shutout against area competition and eighth overall.
Of the three goals Whitefield scored, two of them came on low-percentage shots.
The WolfPack (14-3-1, 8-0) took a 2-0 lead 12 minutes into the game when William Hellier’s corner kick hooked and found the right corner of the net. They did not score again until Stephen Hellier chipped the ball perfectly from 20 yards away with 1:30 left in the game, putting the ball just out of the reach of Walker goalkeeper Colby Turner and into the top of the net.
Whitefield’s first goal came 2 minutes into the game, when Josh Orr took a feed from William Hellier and broke loose to win a 1-on-1 matchup with Turner for the goal.
Meanwhile, Walker (14-3, 7-1) had at least 15 good looks at goal, with five of them — including a penalty kick — either hitting the goalpost or crossbar. River Smith led with eight shots, with many just missing the goal.
“Whitefield deserved to win that game,” Walker coach Gary Blohm said. “We’ll just go back and figure out what we need to learn from the mistakes that we made.”
Walker possessed the ball the majority of the second half and had five great shots in the final 10 minutes that missed their mark. Thomas Rath had an open look that was cleared by defender Jakob Burkett and took another later on that bounced off the post. Alex Hardie nearly scored off a corner kick, but his shot bounced off the post.
“We dropped back another player, so we had five in the back,” Burkett said. “We just really locked it down back there and held as a team.”
The penalty kick miss by Walker with roughly 3 minutes left in the game dampened its hopes.