Wednesday, June 4, 2003
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Clayton News Daily
By Doug Gorman
The Union Grove Wolverines came just one victory short of playing for the Class AA/A state title.
Decatur took care of those hopes with an 8-0 victory in the state semifinals.
Still, it was a banner year for the Wolverines, who placed four of their players on the Southern Crescent first-team All-Area soccer honor roll after posting a 16-3-1 record.
Head coach Mark Matthews also earned a spot on the team as the Southern Crescent Coach of the Year.
Union Grove joined two other Henry County schools in the soccer state tournament, including Stockbridge and Henry County.
Stockbridge's Robert Adamson was named the Southern Crescent Player of the Year after scoring 39 goals and getting 21 assists.
The Tigers 9-6 season ended in a loss to Benedictine in the first round of the Class AAAAA tournament.
Adamson's teammate Josh Rosendahl also put up some big numbers, scoring 23 goals.
The All-Southern Crescent team was full of players who scored at least 15 goals or more, including Union Grove's Eston Thomas who scored 22 times for the Wolverines.
Although no team from Clayton County made the playoffs, Brad Martin scored 18 goals and added 6 assists for the Cardinals.
Two talented goal keepers made first-team all-honors, including Kris Goodall who posted nine shutouts.
Union Grove's Aaron Simpkins made 191 saves en route to his teams run at the state title.