061919_MNS_AOTW_Weyimi_Agbeyegbe Weyimi Agbeyegbe

Westminster’s Weyimi Agbeyegbe celebrates scoring a goal during a game this past season.

The Westminster boys’ soccer team concluded its stellar 2019 campaign with a 4-0 victory over Coahulla Creek May 17 in Powder Springs to secure the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class 3A state title. Leading the efforts was sophomore forward Weyimi Agbeyegbe, who had one goal and two assists in the win.

“It was a great win for us,” he said.

Agbeyegbe’s first-half goal set the tone for the contest.

“I got the ball in the middle of the field and saw that I had space,” he said. “There was an open spot for me and took a low shot because the ball moves quickly on the turf surface. It was a cool moment because I had never scored in a championship match before. After the goal I ran to the bench and celebrated with the team.”

Later in the contest, Agbeyegbe notched assists on goals by Michael Johnson and Charlie Ham to finish the day with three points.

The victory gave the Wildcats their third consecutive state title and 14th overall, finishing their 2019 campaign with an overall record of 21-1-1. Westminster outscored its opponents 21-1 in the postseason.

Agbeyegbe increased his production during his sophomore campaign in 2019. Last year he scored four goals and had one assist as a freshman. Agbeyegbe,who has attended Westminster since the first grade, had nine goals and three assists for the state champ.

“I gained more confidence this season,” he said. “Last season I was a freshman trying to do everything right by not overstepping my bounds and didn’t get to start consistently. This year I had more responsibilities and started to shoot more.”

Other highlights for Agbeyegbe this season included a three-goal effort for a hat trick returning from injury in Westminster’s 4-1 win over Tennessee state champion McCallie March 30.

“Weyimi grew into being a main player for us in the attack, which is a statement in itself as he had an All-South player and an All-American as forwards in front of him,” Westminster head coach Scott Snyder said. “He has done a great job in the last two years and is going to be a captain and leader for us for the next two years.”

Agbeyegbe plays club soccer for the Smyrna Soccer Academy, which will keep him active through the summer.

“I play different positions for Smyrna and Westminster which is good for me,” he said. “I attack defenders and shoot more with Smyrna which improves my one-on-one skills for my time with Westminster.”

Agbeyegbe, who was born in the United States, began playing soccer at age 4 through his father Kingsley and mother Kwavi, who share British and Nigerian nationalities.

“I have a connection to the sport through my parents,” he said. “I love the sport because you go on the field and nothing else matters. You have to work with your teammates and love the feeling of being on the field. I like assisting teammates by getting on the ball and setting up our forwards but I also enjoy scoring and getting the fans excited.”

Agbeyegbe lists English Premier League team Chelsea as his favorite club and Belgium international Eden Hazard as his favorite player.

Off the field Agbeyegbe will volunteer for the third consecutive year with Odyssey Atlanta, a summer program operated by Westminster for public school students from disadvantaged communities. He finished this year with a 3.7 grade point average and lists math as a favorite subject.

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