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BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Judah Goodridge

Photo by Brian Paglia
Former Dutchtown soccer player Judah Goodridge scored 23 goals this past season for the Bulldogs.

Photo by Brian Paglia Former Dutchtown soccer player Judah Goodridge scored 23 goals this past season for the Bulldogs.

Judah Goodridge may not have gone on a goal-scoring spree this season like he did two years ago as a sophomore, but he still came out on top in the Southern Crescent.

The senior striker from Dutchtown finished with 23 goals. That might have seemed like a big drop since his sophomore season, when he eclipsed the 30-goal mark, but he still proved to be one of Henry County’s toughest scoring threats to defend.

But Goodridge didn’t set out this season to reach a specific number of goals.

“I just wanted to get the ball to my feet to be able to score,” Goodridge said, “and help our team win every game we could.”

The Bulldogs did a lot of winning during Goodridge’s four seasons. They went 10-5 this season and reached the Class AAAA second round for the third straight year.

“Our expectations were really high,” Goodridge said. “We thought we could win it all this season and get the [state championship] ring.”

Goodridge will leave Dutchtown without that state championship ring. But he said he’ll leave grateful for his time in the Bulldogs program.

“It’s been very meaningful,” Goodridge said. “It’s a great program.”

Five others

• Kenny Hern, Union Grove: Senior goalkeeper allowed 1.14 GA and had four shutouts for top team in Region 3A-AAAA. Named first team All-Region 3-AAAA and All-Henry County. Signed with Piedmont College.

• Jacob Law, Ola: Senior striker finished with team-leading 17 goals and 13 assists. Holds program record for career goals (43) and assists (49). Signed with Southern Polytechnic State.

• Rafael Martinez, Forest Park: Senior midfielder/forward was team captain for Clayton County’s top team that finished 15-3 and lost in Class AAAA second round. Scored nine goals. Named first team All-Region 4-AAAA.

• Greg White, Woodland: Fourth-straight year the senior forward led Wolfpack in goals scored. Finished with 14 goals, 13 assists and was named first team All-Region 3-AAAA. Signed with Presbyterian.

• Mauro Ayala, Forest Park: Top scoring threat for the Panthers finished with 22 goals. Season highlight was hat-trick against Mt. Zion. Named to All-Region 4-AAAA team.