Lake Oconee Academy avenged an early-season loss and defeated Social Circle 4-2 on Senior Night to secure the No. 2 spot in the region standings.
Titans head coach Julie Brooker could not have been more proud of her team.
“Honestly, we were so close to playing for the region title if we had won the first go-round against Social Circle,” she said. “So, this was kind of like our redeeming game, I guess you could say. Yeah, I feel like we showed up and showed out. It was exciting.”
The Titans jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first due to the play of senior John Clay Wofford, who scored both goals. He added two more scores in the final 40 minutes to push his total to 66 career goals, which is a school record. Despite a late push by the Redskins, Wofford’s relentless effort on offense secured the victory for Lake Oconee Academy.
Brooker said that Wofford was excited as he came off the field when the final second ticked off the clock.
“He played completely inspired last night,” she said. “He gets a lot of attention and rightfully so. He’s been our leading scorer and a huge part of the team. But, these last few games, he’s playing the best soccer he’s ever played. So, that’s exciting to see a guy going out at his peak.”
Brooker added that it wasn’t just Wofford that played well, but she recognized all of the seniors, who all had contributed to the team’s success throughout the season.
“Another senior I am super proud of is Jack (Miller),” Brooker said. “He tends to be a quiet player in the sense that he doesn’t get a lot of notoriety. But, he is absolutely essential to our success. He’s just a great team player and likes to distribute the ball. He’s got great field vision and we would not be where we are without him.”
Brooker then mentioned senior Logan Fedelem, who is the Titans’ goalkeeper.
“He has continued to progress over the years and his leadership has certainly been key,” she said. “Our other guys, who have been more like role players. Umar Sulton, Jackson Perry and Briggs Vining...But all of those guys, they were specifically role players up through their junior year. And just the fact that they stuck with soccer, and to see what contributors they are now, we wouldn’t be where we are right now without them.”
The other two seniors who Brooker mentioned are Spencer Bradley and Jacob Morse.
This group of eight seniors will lead the team into the state playoffs with a 10-3 overall record. Two years ago, when the LOA class of 2021 were sophomores, the Titans lost a close game in the state championship to Georgia Military. “We finished as the No. 2 seed in our region, so I know these guys are ready to play,” she said.