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May 17, 2014

Cats keep state soccer title

— KENNESAW — Behind their fans’ frenzied chanting in the closing seconds, Dalton High School’s boys soccer team earned a 2-0 victory Saturday against Johnson-Gainesville, with the Catamounts capturing their second consecutive state championship.

“It feels great,” Dalton coach Matt Cheaves said. “It feels like a lot of stress is gone.”

Dalton (22-0-1) hasn’t lost since 2012, meaning the Catamounts have gone undefeated two straight years in a span lasting 45 matches. Dalton won last year’s state championship 5-0 against Southeast Whitfield at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. This one came at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University.

The No. 1-ranked team in eurosportscoreboard.com’s Class 4A coaches poll didn’t disappoint its hundreds of fans who traveled here, and reaffirmed Dalton’s dominance as the best in the state.

“Back-to-back champions,” junior midfielder Eder Mora said. “It feels great to be No. 1.”

Dalton scored once in the first half, right before halftime, and once early in the second half. This is the Catamounts’ third state title in boys soccer — the first came in 2003 when Dalton shared the crown with Heritage-Rockdale — and it came at the expense of the No. 2-ranked team in the state. Johnson (21-2) was the only team last season to stay within one goal of Dalton, in the second round of the state playoffs.

Dalton won the Region 7 championship for a second consecutive season. The Cats will move up to Class 5A in the 2014-2015 school year.

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