West Forsyth Runs It Back, Defeats Mill Creek For Second Consecutive GHSA Girls Soccer State Title
On Friday, the Georgia High School Association soccer state championship games continued and in girls 7A action, the defending state champs, the West Forsyth Wolverines faced a tough Mill Creek Hawks team that brought the fight to the Wolverines. A tight match throughout most of the contest, the first half would end scoreless, but about five minutes into the second half, the Hawks would strike for the first goal of the game to take a 1-0 lead.
Great backline defensive play by the Hawks would keep the defending champs from finding the back of the net until about 4:40 to go in the match when Abby Batts would strike for a West Forsyth goal to tie the game and eventually send it into overtime. And in the overtime period, the Wolverines would take the lead a minute and four seconds into the period to take a 2-1 lead, but the Hawks would respond and tie the game about four minutes later.
As the second half of overtime appeared to be coming with the game still tied, a crucial penalty called against Mill Creek just outside the box would set West Forsyth’s Michelle Moskau up for a free kick, which see made look all but too easy as she shot the ball over the Hawks wall and drilling it into the back of the net to give the Wolverines a 3-2 lead with :39 to go in the match and that would be the eventual final score as West Forsyth would win their second consecutive GHSA 7A state championship.
“I told the girls, ‘somebody’s going to be a hero tonight,” West Forsyth head coach Jason Galt said following the Wolverines win on Friday, “and tonight, Michelle Moskau was the hero,” Galt added as he reflected on the sophomore defender’s free kick that helped the Wolverines pick up their second straight state title. Galt would go on to admit that the tough play of Mill Creek gave him some concern as his team trailed throughout majority of the second half. “They gave us everything they had and listen, I was worried. They had us on the ropes, but you know what, we’re champions,” a relieved Galt said.