Milton sophomore Sanna Levine scored the game’s first goal with 28:03 to play and the top-ranked Eagles scored three more times in the final 17 to minutes to beat Northview 4-0 in the Class AAAAA girls soccer championship game on Saturday.
The Eagles’ first soccer title capped a perfect championship day for the north Fulton school, which earlier won titles in boys and girls lacrosse. It also gave Milton six state championships for the 2011-2012 school year, adding to the titles in boys basketball and boys and girls golf.
Northview (13-7-1) was able to keep high-scoring Milton (22-1) off the scoreboard for 52 minutes behind the outstanding play of goalkeeper Taylor Erickson and a defense that routinely kept five, six or more defenders back deep.
But Levine finally broke through, scoring from about 12 yards out off an assist from Kala Faulkner.
That was not good news for Northview, which had allowed just 16 goals all season and had shut out four consecutive playoff opponents, as Levine’s goal proved to be the Eagles’ spark.
Imani Walker made it 2-0 with 17:03 to play, Becca von Bereghy scored off an assist from Callie O’Connor with 8:36 left, and Anna Hilpertshauser completed the scoring with an unassisted goal with 3:30 remaining.
Milton came into the game averaging 4.2 goals per game and had been held to two goals or less just seven times, but one of those came in a 2-1 victory over Northview during the regular season.
Milton was able to find its chances early despite Northview’s defense. The Eagles had a golden opportunity when Walker was fouled in the penalty box with 11:21 to play in the first half, but Alexis Schuster’s penalty kick sailed high over the crossbar.
That was part of a four-minute spurt in which Milton had four shots, but Erickson made three good saves to keep the game tied.
Northview had only one scoring threat in the first half, but it was good one. Chrysa Zacharopoulos got loose and had a clean look from the left side of the net, but Milton’s Tori Stajduhar made a diving save. Zacharopoulos had two more shots in the second half, but one was saved by Stadjuhar and the other went high and to the right.