On a night of firsts, it was senior captain Carlos Welch who volleyed in a 26-yard goal to give Dougherty a 1-0 win over Appling County in round 1 of the Class 3A GHSA state soccer tournament.
Dougherty hosted the first ever soccer game on Hugh Mills Stadium's new turf. It wasn't pretty, but the scrappy Trojans defense kept the Pirates out of the net in front of the home crowd.
The Region 1-AAA champs will host 2-seed Savannah Arts next Wednesday, May 2nd in Albany in the second round.
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