Several Lake Oconee Academy varsity soccer players were named to the GHSA All-Region 8A Public team.
LOA striker John Clay Wofford, Jack Miller and Kyle Beasley, who were both midfielders, were all named to the All-Region First Team. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Logan Fedelem was named to the second team. Wofford also was named the Offensive Player of the Year, which isn’t surprising after he scored 33 goals this past season, and is LOA’s all-time leading scorer with 74.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this team and the way they battled through adversity this season,” said head coach Julie Brooker in a press release from Lake Oconee Academy. “Between COVID and injuries, we were really tested. The boys came together under the leadership of our seniors, specifically John Clay Wofford, goalkeeper Logan Fedelem and Jack Miller. Seniors Umar Sultan, Jackson Perry and Jacob Morse were the ultimate utility players and always put the team first.”
Brooker, who is leaving LOA to coach softball at Alexander High School in Douglasville, said the program is in great shape, despite her departure alongside eight seniors.
“ The talent and tenacity of John Clay lit the fire of competitiveness for all our players,” she added. “His counterparts Miller and junior Kyle Beasley facilitated beautiful play all season long. Rising seniors Beasley, Gavin Minster and Jarod Batson will be fun to watch next year. They are a gifted group of soccer players. Being a part of this Titan squad these past four years has been one of the greatest coaching experiences of my career. The foundation has been laid and the future is bright.”
In addition to the All-Region selection, LOA had its own team awards given out. Wofford won the Most Valuable Player award, Beasley was honored with the Best Offensive player award, Fedelem was credited as the team’s Best Defensive Player. Also, freshman Troy Thurmond won the Coach’s Award and Sulton brought home the Iron Titan trophy.
LOA finished the season with a 5-2 loss to the Academy for Classical Education (ACE) in the Final Four round of the GHSA Class A-Public state playoffs. The Titans boasted a 14-4 overall record after finishing as the No. 2 seed behind Towns County in region play.