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Georgia Storm Girls – Champions Again

Georgia Storm G13 consists of players from Carroll, Haralson and Douglas counties. Front Row L to R: Baylor Weaver, Kenley Saunders, Piper Ebensberger, Amelia Austin, Sophia Arnold Back Row L to R: Ava Derbecker, Grace Abney, Coach Drew Ebensberger, Alexa Sierra, Finley Jones, Sydney Rice, Adair Gill, Zoe Sierra, Lyvia Dunbar

The Georgia Storm G13 girls’ soccer team traveled to Destin, FL this past weekend and competed in the Destin Soccer Shootout super-regional tournament against other Georgia and Florida teams. The girls went undefeated Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, bringing home another championship comparable to their Panama City Beach tournament win last November. 

Starting the tournament with a blowout win, Georgia Storm upped their first opponents 5-1 with another winning match of 3-0 to follow, sending them immediately to the semifinals. 

The semi-final and final games were against equally matched teams, including a come-from-behind, overtime win against an in-state rival. The matchup is typically very physical and difficult for the Storm G13 with younger girls playing up in age group, but the girls pushed through the bumps and bruises to advance to the final. With the game tied at 2-2, the Storm team was able to find a blistering shot from outside the penalty after a direct kick. The girls would hold their 3-2 lead until the end of the 5-minute overtime period and advance to the final match, including multiple great saves by the Storm’s goalkeeper. 

Closing out the tournament, Georgia Storm played against Emerald Coast Rush (ECR) from Niceville, FL. The ECR program is one of the largest regional soccer clubs in the world and produces strong teams. While the game remained scoreless for most of the first half, the Storm finally put up the first goal and gained momentum. With a pair of breakaway goals and multiple attacks on the ECR defense, the Storm would secure its 3-0 lead. ECR continued to try and counter-attack until the end, but the Storm defense was too quick and moved to cover each other well in the backfield, securing its win and the championship.

The Georgia Storm will be conducting try-outs for all ages for the 2024/2025 season, beginning May 20, 2024. Additional information may be found on the club website listed below.  

Georgia Storm is a regional soccer club partnering with Carrollton, Douglasville, Paulding and Villa Rica recreation departments to form competitive youth soccer leagues. Whether a player is looking for traditional recreational, developmental academy, or premiere level opportunities, Georgia Storm is the most comprehensive club system for western Georgia and eastern Alabama, including a professional men’s team. Learn more by going to www.georgiastorm.com or follow Georgia Storm on social media.