The Vidalia girls soccer team struck early and never trailed in a 2-1 win over Model in the GHSA 2A Final Four Monday evening.
Senior captain Logan Reid scored on a header just seven minutes into the game and sophomore Ella Owen netted her 90th goal of the season to ensure a spot for the Indians in the 2A state championship.
“It was actually really funny in our pregame warmups I was 4/4 on headers from the corner so everyone was telling me I had to get one in the game,” Reid said. “Getting that goal early in the match gave our girls a sense of confidence and that’s all I can hope to do as a captain — inspire my girls.”
The Indians went into halftime with a 2-0 lead but Model made the game interesting with a goal in the 53rd minute. Coach William Harn credits his team’s ability to possess the ball in the second half as a difference-maker.
“Model continued to pressure. We were able to work the ball through the midfield and keep their defense shifting,” Harn explained. “Our girls had to really play hard late when Model scored late. I was pleased with the effort and confidence.”
In a historic season of many firsts, Vidalia will be in a situation they’ve never experienced before — a state title game.
“I’m so blessed to be a part of the group leading [the team],” Reid said. “Hopefully we can go out and get a win for the program and for our team.”
Vidalia will face the winner of St. Vincent’s and Bremen in the state championship. The game will be played Friday in Macon.