St. Pius state champions for a fourth consecutive time

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Junior midfielder Caroline Orman had gone a few games without scoring a goal, according to Coach Sara Schmitt.

“We’ve been waiting and waiting,” Schmitt said. “She hit the crossbar—[in the semifinals] she literally hit the crossbar four times. We felt like this was going to be the game and it was.”

Orman scored two goals, leading the St. Pius X Lady Golden Lions to a 2-0 win over rival Marist in the Class AAAA title game on May 14 at Mercer University in Macon.

“She was in the right place at the right time and she put the ball where it needed to go,” Schmitt said of Orman.

It was the second consecutive year St. Pius defeated Marist in the title game. The championship was the fourth consecutive for St. Pius, the seventh in eight years and the 10th overall.

“These girls have really worked hard since January,” Schmitt said. “Everybody thinks about the game today, but they forget that [the team] has been practicing since January. It’s just dedication and their hard work. If you’d asked me in January I don’t know if we would’ve been here. But they slowly stepped up every game and got better and better. Playing our best in the state championship game—that’s what we needed to do.”

Orman scored her first goal in the first half to give St. Pius a 1-0 lead. She scored her second goal in the second half at the 15:38 mark.
St. Pius defenders and goalie Emory Wegener also had a big game. Wegener made several saves to keep Marist out of the net.

St. Pius girls soccer
St. Pius girls soccer

“Having [Wegener] in the net you feel more confident,” Schmitt said. “She’s only a sophomore and she continues to get better and better every year and having that kind of confidence in the net helps the defenders feel that confident and I think it carries into the rest of the team.”

The Lady Golden Lions’ senior class will graduate in May with four state titles under their belts. Schmitt said the senior class has made many sacrifices for the program to succeed.

“They’re a very diverse group of girls, they’re all very different and they all bought in,” she said. “Even if they didn’t play all the time they completely supported the mission, which was as a team to win another state championship. That’s a lot to say about a group of girls and you really respect that and their sacrifice for the team.”

St. Pius finished the season with a 19-4-2 record. Marist finished with a 21-2-1 record.


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