The Westminster boys and Augusta Prep girls soccer teams are looking to win their fifth straight state championships this weekend at Mercer University in Macon.
Both programs have built a championship culture, but both teams agree each season is its own journey.
Westminster is playing with some added incentive knowing it’s the final season for longtime head coach Mike Freace.
“Massively excited,” senior defender, Ben Oldham, said. “It’s always fantastic to win, but especially when it’s coach’s last year. To go out on that high note would be great.”
“Obviously, I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be special, but honestly, there are things that are more important than that,” Freace said. “I’d feel good for these guys since it is one of their goals, but at the same time the ability to spend time together and grow together as brothers is really our number one goal.”
The Wildcats face Heritage in the semifinals at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.
Meanwhile, it’s been a different kind of run for Augusta Prep with more 8th graders than seniors in the starting lineup, but head coach Tom Norton believes his team is primed to capture a fifth straight title.
“It comes down to experience, guts, and the ability to fight and compete, Norton said. “These girls have all done it, and I suspect they will do it again this weekend. I don’t think the environment will be too big for them, and like I said, just show up mentally prepared and compete every minute when we’re down there.”
The Cavaliers play Trinity Christian (Sharpsburg) in the semifinals at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.
The GISA championship games begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.