St. Pius boys soccer finishes No. 1 in a national poll

The St. Pius boys, which won the Class AAA state championship in soccer last month, had another accomplishment.

The team finished as No. 1 in the nation in the Powerade Fab 50 by  ESPN Rise for high schools.

St. Pius had a 20-1 record and won the state championship for the second time in three years. Tyler Alexander tallied 18 goals to lead the Golden Lions, while goaltender Andrew Wolverton recorded 13 shutouts. Other top scorers were Drew Morgan with 13 goals and Alex Kowalski with 11.  St. Pius held on for a thrilling 5-4 win over Woodward Academy in the finals.

St. Pius coach David O’Shea said, “The team thoroughly deserves the award based on the hard work and effort that they have put in throughout the season.  They work hard for each other and display a real sense of team unity both on and off the field.  As well as their obvious talent, it is their drive and character that has propelled them to such a magnificent accolade.”

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Land O' Lakes Golden Lion

June 16th, 2011
1:13 pm

Domini Sumus, We are No. 1!

some sense

June 16th, 2011
4:25 pm

God bless the St. Pius X Golden Lions.

ECB

June 17th, 2011
1:04 pm

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June 18th, 2011
10:37 am

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AlphaRob

June 19th, 2011
6:03 pm

A lot of thanks should go to Coach Mangrum who helped started the program to what it has become over 30 years ago….

Laube

June 19th, 2011
10:59 pm

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NC

June 20th, 2011
9:08 am

Congrats St Pius. I do have a question regarding the final rankings. Do they take into account schools who play men’s soccer in the Fall? I played in North Carolina and we finished in the top 10 three consecutive years, but we played in the Fall. Or is this St Pius a private school and thus a private school ranking? Either way, congrats.

piodol

June 20th, 2011
1:17 pm

Congrats to St. Pius but NC has it right. The vast majority of the country plays soccer in the fall; St. Pius cannot compete with the best. Could be worse – Florida plays in the winter when nobody cares. Maybe look into a lawsuit as Michigan HS girls did a few years ago, and won – complain about scholarship discrimination if the sport if not played in its traditional season.

Vegasjs

June 22nd, 2011
10:21 am

St Pius would lose big to Chattahoochee

NoLion

June 23rd, 2011
9:03 am

Vegasjs, your one jealous person, and you need to seek help… get a life…

Congratulations to ST.PIUS X on their recognition… Well deserved….

WarEagle

June 24th, 2011
12:19 am

Congrats to St. Pius — great school, great program.

Vegasjs

June 28th, 2011
3:55 pm

I don’t have a dog in the fight – just saw both teams play, no comparison, Hooch would dominate.

Jon

July 1st, 2011
2:16 pm

Look at St.Pius X schedule and all the top teams all over GA they beat with only 3 seniors…This SPX Team is the best!!!