Middle School Soccer
Madras sweeps CCMSAL soccer championships
Madras Middle School soccer teams capped off successful seasons in the Coweta County Middle School Athletic League, sweeping boys and girls championships on Monday at East Coweta Middle School.
The Eagles won their third consecutive boys crown with a 2-1 overtime victory over Arnall, while the girls capped off an undefeated season with a 4-2 win over Lee, last year’s champions.
The girls final was a rematch between evenly matched teams that tied during the regular season. But the Lady Eagles, coached by Isaac Strickland, picked the right time to get hot in the rematch and never trailed in the match.
It began with Madras taking a 1-0 lead at end of the first half on a set play the squad had been working on leading up to the title match where they were able to free up three players in the box.
It worked to perfection as midfielder Maddie Cramer took a pass from defensive teammate Ryann Smith. Cramer then played the ball off her stomach in front of the net and booted it home for an early advantage.
Lee’s girls responded early in the second half before Madras’ leading scorer, midfielder, Caroline Peters, caught fire with a pair of goals to reclaim the lead for good.
Peters gave Madras a 2-1 lead on a penalty kick and scored again a few minutes later for a 3-1 lead.
Cramer then added her second goal of the championship match to round out Madras’ scoring on an assist by Alyssa Brauchler.
Lee added its final goal a few minutes later on a free kick with about six minutes left in the match.
Along with Cramer and Peters, Olivia Sims helped control play in the middle of the field while Adriana Sanchez, Elizabeth Woodham and Mollie Avett rotated into the game and helped pace the team to the win.
Along with Smith, Maddie Amundson, Katie Sturdevant and Samantha Hudson kept the pressure on the Lee squad from the back line.
In the boys title game, the Eagles capped off a 10-2 season under coach Padraic McNeirney, as Omar Bringas and Ben Crowe factored in both goals, with Crowe setting up Bringas each time.
The first by Bringas gave Madras a 1-0 halftime lead. From there, Arnall’s defense held the Eagles scoreless until he netted the eventual game-winner two minutes into the second five-minute overtime period.
Madras goalkeeper Roswell Sutherland stopped eight Arnall shots in en route to the victory.
Nick Faulker helped pace the Madras’ offense with steady play in the first half, but left the contest with a concussion.
In addition to the Bringas and Crowe, Matt Pickford also had scoring opportunities.
Defensively, Matthew Keller, Brian Chae, Edgar Torres and Will Queen helped limit Arnall’s scoring chances.
Madras went into the tournament as the No. 1 seed, despite losing two consecutive games to close the regular season.