Last Saturday, it was Emeterio Arce's goal that made the difference as Galax defeated Radford in penalty kicks to grab their third state title in four years. Now soccer state 'ships weren't anything new for the Maroon Tide. Actually what made this year special was the class of 2017 and its leaders who had been there from the beginning. They were fortunate to go out on top and leave quite a legacy.
"For me personally it's special cause I was a senior on the team and I had to step up and we had to do it on our own," 2017 Galax soccer champ Angel Solis said.
This opportunity was one these seniors have been waiting for ever since they were little kids.
"For me it was a dream come true," '17 Galax soccer champ Ricardo Sanchez said. "Since I was a kid, my cousins and brothers would always talk about soccer. That motivated me to try and get where they were."
"For me it was a very big emotion because I knew it was the last opportunity to win a state championship," '17 Galax soccer champ Josehl Urbina said. "When we won, it was a great joy."
Four years ago, an influx of talent mixed with a family-centered atmosphere that put Galax on the radar for boys soccer. Now a, dare I say, dynasty has been built for all Virginia high schools to look up to as the Maroon Tide's program sets the standard for success in 1A soccer.
"I think it just shows consistency," Maroon Tide coach Troy Barkley said. "It's not just one group of kids coming through. We've done it with two different groups now. You can just see winning and being champions is part of the culture now."
The foundation has been laid and the dynasty now built upon it. Folks beware of Galax boys soccer. The tide's future is bright.
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