THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WALB) - The chase for the title has finally ended for the Thomasville Bulldogs.
The boys soccer team returning home from the GHSA state championship game, with some new hardware.
Senior Goalkeeper, Marc Davis still at a loss for words over their victory.
“It’s a whole different feeling than anything else. I’ve never felt like, winning a game has never felt that way before. It’s definitely something to really remember and it’ll always be with me," said Davis.
However as time was winding down in regulation, Head Coach Keith Gwaltney was weary of their chances to break the tie.
“It just didn’t seem like it was meant to be. They were clogging up our shooting lanes, they were just in the right place at the right time for our shots. Nico went off the crossbar late, things just weren’t working out. I was like what’s going to happen here. We made it through regulation one to one. We got into overtime. We felt like we were the better conditioned team," said Gwaltney.
But their conditioning is something Nicholas Peralta believes was the difference marker all season.
“Once we realized that we can play with them and we are better than them we started taking it to them. Towards the end of the game, yes we were tired but we knew what we came here to do and we kept fighting," said Peralta.
Fighting through 95 minutes, which came down to the penalty kicks... do or die for the Bulldogs.
“When it came down to the penalty kicks, it was a whole lot of pressure, but you just had to fade it out and just focus on what you really wanted and what your real goal was and that was to win a state championship for me and my team," said Davis.
Freshman, Andrew Geyer with the only goal in regulation said Davis kept the title in reach.
“Marc made an unbelievable save, the one where leaped up, caught the ball, that header. I believe most keepers would’ve just stood at that. And then those two saves he made in the PK’s really sealed it for us," said Geyer.
The Bulldogs, already looking on to next season, hoping to keep this winning tradition alive.