3 For 3, Westminster Lady Wildcast Win 3rd Consecutive State Title With 3-0 Win Over Pace
On Friday, the Georgia High School Association 2017 3A Girls State Championship Game took place as the defending champs, the Westminster Lady Wildcats faced the Pace Academy Lady Knights. A victory for Westminster would mark their third Championship win in a row while Pace was looking for their first since 2014 when they took home the 1A Title.
The game would get started by then five minutes in would be halted for an hour and a half due to severe lightning and thunderstorms. Once play resumed, the Lady Wildcats would control the ball throughout most of the first half with several attempts blocked by Pace goal keeper McKenzie Baker. As the half continued, a penalty on the Lady Knights would lead to a free kick for the Lady Wildcats in which #25 Sydney Simmons would make good but officials would waive the goal off due to what should have been an indirect kick actually being a direct kick and the first half would end scoreless.
In the second half, the Lady Wildcats quickly got things together and would score two minutes and twelve seconds into the half when #4 Maggie Graham would catch the ball off a Pace player kick connecting on the goal to give Westminster a 1-0 lead with 37:48 to go in the second half.
Continuing to control possession, the Lady Wildcats would strike again, this time #31 Tori Penn would take the long assist from her teammate and virtually walk in a goal to give the Lady Wildcats a 2-0 lead with 29:43 remaining in the game. Westminster would go on to score for a third time in the half when #8 Astrid Wheeler would position herself for a kick right down the center sending the ball sailing pass the finger tips of Pace’s Baker for the goal as Westminster would go up 3-0 and win the game by that score for their third consecutive GHSA State Championship.