Vidalia boys soccer embracing challenges of first Final Four appearance


As the Vidalia boys soccer team prepared for its Final Four match against Union County, players looked back on the journey they took to get here.

“We’ve fallen short cause we just didn’t have the chemistry,” senior right back Grady Blount said, when asked about past seasons. “This year we’ve been playing with each other all our lives and we have the chemistry because we build each other up. Our motto this year is ‘Fill the bucket up.’ Fill the bucket up with positivity and no negative comments.”

The slogan seemed to resonate in practice Monday afternoon. Good plays and bad plays alike were met with words of encouragement. “We are all brothers, it’s crazy,” senior right winger Tyler Dean explained. “I’ve gone to know these brother in the past four years more than anyone else — it’s a bond that’s unbreakable.”

The tight group has made quick work of opponents in the GHSA Class AA playoffs. Vidalia has given up just one goal in the postseason while scoring 17 on the way to the program’s first Final Four appearance.

“They come out here like this is what we are here for this is what we are suppossed to be doing,” head coach Josh Harrell added. “They’ve been working their whole lives to get to this point and opportunity. They’ve been humble, they’ve been focused, and they’ve been positive.”

Vidalia will look to extend its season and earn a state title berth Tuesday evening at home when they take on Union County at 5:00 p.m.

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