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St. Pius X boys’ soccer player Joe Murphy (4) handles the ball in a game against North Oconee March 15. / Special-St. Pius X Athletics

With spring officially arriving March 20, the spring soccer campaigns of local programs have reached the midway portion of their schedules.

The St. Pius X boys’ team has won seven contests through March 20 including a 4-0 home victory over Union Grove March 9. Top contributors for the Golden Lions have been Javier Aponte with a team-high goals and four assists along with Brandon McLaughlin and Francesco Di Pietro who each have four goals of their own. “The season has gone pretty well overall,” St. Pius X boys’ coach Michael Wentzler said.

St. Pius X also sees its girls’ team in strong form with a 6-2-2 mark. The Golden Lions picked up a 3-0 road win against North Oconee March 15, led by two goals from Renee Lyles and a shutout by goalkeeper Eve Beyer, her fourth of the season. Both St. Pius X teams visit Marist March 29.

The Marist teams swept Denmark at home March 19. with girls’ team earning a 7-0 home win and the boys’ squad victorious 2-0.

Pace’s girls’ team won five of its first six contests and an undefeated mark in Region 5AAA play, including a 16-0 win over Stone Mountain March 12. Through seven games, Megan Hardesty and Kiara Andra-Thomas lad the Knights with six goals each, while Devan Johnson had three goals. The defense has been led by Kayla Ross and goalkeeper Marielle Frooman while midfielders Maddie Janki, Regan Bates and Hannah Ganser have also been major contributors.

“We’re off to a decent start,” Pace head coach Liz Tutt said. “We have a well-rounded team with a mix of freshmen and seniors that have been awesome. All in all this is an amazing group of players.”

The Knights visit Walker March 26. Pace’s boys’ team visits Wesleyan April 2.

Lovett’s boys’ team earned an 11-1 home win over Atlanta Classical Academy March 12. Brooks Mauldin and Lucas Hyman each scored three goals for hat tricks while George Matthews, Gray Kelly and J.J. Mutombo also found the back of the net for the Lions. The winning ways continued March 14 with a 3-0 victory at Stratford Academy. Matias Gowens, Mauldin and Hyman each scored a goal, while the defense, led by defender Cyrus Walls and goalkeeper Aaron Powell, posted a shutout.

“We have missed numerous matches due to weather, but we are progressing the best we can,” Lions head coach Jimmy Jewell said.

Lovett’s girls’ team hosts Stone Mountain March 28, and the boys’ squad visits the Pirates the same day.

Wesleyan’s boys’ team won its Region 8A game at Hebron Christian 3-0 March 12 as Liam Coxhead scored two goals and Jonathan Lopez had one. Aiden Kresel posted the shutout at goalkeeper. The Wolves’ girls’ team was also successful that evening against Hebron with an 8-0 victory as Lucy Mitchell posted five goals, Isabelle Moratti notched two scores and Ashley Cowart had one goal. Both Wesleyan teams host Hebron Christian March 28.

Holy Innocents’ girls team won at Weber 11-1 March 14, led by Caroline Belisle’s three goals for a hat trick. Emily Grasing had two goals while Mary Lu Hudgins, Hailey Zarrillo, Setareh Khani, Ann Riley Huber, Rachel Utz and Shea Fleming each had a score. The win was Golden Bears head coach Clayton Schmitt’s 50th victory with the program.

Holy Innocents’ boys team also won at Weber the same day by the score of 3-0. Blake Dobbs had two goals while Brandt Olsen notched the other score in the victory. Both Golden Bear teams host Paideia March 28.

Other March 28 contests include Riverwood’s teams visiting Lithia Springs, North Springs’ squads visiting Banneker, Whitefield’s teams taking on Mount Bethel Christian, Westminster’s boys hosting Enterprise and its girls’ team hosting Norman North. The following day, North Atlanta’s teams visit Dunwoody and Mount Vernon Presbyterian’s teams host Atlanta International. Woodward’s teams host Lovett April 2, Holy Spirit Prep’s boys’ team hosts Whitefield and its girls’ team welcomes in Atlanta Girls’ April 2.

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