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Columbus ready for state championship

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The Columbus Lady Blue Devils are back in the GHSA AAAA soccer state championship game, where they will face Marist on Friday.

Columbus has ran roughshod through the postseason thus far, not allowing a goal in four games, thanks in large part to the stellar play of junior keeper Anna Scogin.

"My defense is amazing," Scogin said. "I love all four of them. They're crazy good. Having those girls out there and knowing that I can trust them completely, and they have my back as much as I have theirs, it means a lot."

Columbus head coach Rusty Oliver says Scogin is a hard-worker and takes pride in ending a game with a clean sheet.

"She's had some amazing saves for us this year, at times that I thought we were surely going to give up goals," Oliver said. "She's either come out off her line when she needed to, or just made amazing saves."

The Lady Blue Devils have used the play of Scogin and the defense as motivation, as well as the sting of last year's 2-1 state championship loss to Altoona.

"I think the fact that we went to the finals last year, and only came as runner up really inspired us to keep working and this year really come to win it," said junior Kyla Wright.

No matter what, the team is cherishing each moment they have left in the 2013 season.

"I love being out with my girls, out with my team," Scogin said. "It's just, it's something that you can't replace, and you just can't, you can't do it again. Because I'll never be with this group of girls again."

The AAAA state championship is Friday night at 7:00 p.m. ET on the campus of the University of West Georgia.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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