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High school soccer: Chestatee boys program earns berth in state title game
War Eagles will face Marist/Northwest Whitfield winner for Class 4A championship
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For the first time in school history the Chestatee High boys’ soccer program is headed to the Class 4A state championship, after defeating Upson-Lee 2-0 on Tuesday in Thomaston. 

With the win, Chestatee will face Northwest Whitfield for the state championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium in Macon.

“I’m very excited for my players they have worked their butts off and earned this,” Chestatee head coach Michael Herrin said. “They took care of business.”

Austin Manzo scored the first goal for the War Eagles in the first half. 

With 15 minutes left in the second half Juan Carlos Vanegas gave Chestatee more breathing room when he scored a goal.

“I feel great we have worked hard these past four years,” Manzo said. “The hard work paid off.”

Vanegas, a junior, is glad that he was able to help his team make it to the state title game.

“It feels good,” Vanegas said. “It feels great to make history I am glad that I got to help for the benefit of the team.”