The boys soccer team finished the season with a run to the state quarterfinals, narrowly losing to state finalist and eventual runner-up Chestatee High School (19-2-0).
The War Eagles finished with a 16-4-1 record for the season, with notable victories against St. Pius, Lovett, Alexander, Chamblee, Riverwood, Starrs Mill, Marist, and Whitewater. Woodward held the No. 1 state ranking for two consecutive weeks and was never ranked below 4th in 4A state rankings for the entire season. Six players made the All-Region team: Charles Borchers, Arik Duncan, Tej Munshi, Will Gamson, Nick Mair, and Jide Awoju. The War Eagles were recognized for post season honors, which included five players (Borchers, Duncan, Munshi, Mair, and Awoju) being selected for the State First-Team DiVarsity All-Star Game Roster. For the team’s successes, Coach Matt Holmes was selected as the State First-Team Di-Varsity All-Star Game Head Coach. The team, with no seniors on the roster, was led by a talented group of juniors and sophomores, which signals a bright future for the soccer program.
2017-18 WA Varsity Boys Soccer Team
Matt Holmes, Head Coach
Matt Holmes enjoyed a professional career with the Birmingham City, Kettering Town, and Belper Town Football Clubs. He represented the youth regional and national levels with Nottinghamshire FA and English Schools Football Associations as well as the British Universities & Colleges of Sport. Matt has served as Men’s Assistant at MU, UAH, Director of Coaching for the Huntsville FC, as Academy Director of the Atlanta Spurs, and with the Atlanta Silverbacks Elite Youth and W-League. Matt coached at GSA in the ECNL program leading the 99’s as high as 20th in the ECNL National Rankings, 2012 & 2014 top four finishes in S. East conference, 2015 runner-up in S. East conference, won the ECNL National Event in FL record 3-0, and qualified for the ECNL National Championships three consecutive years. He serves as the Managing Director for Chiefs FC and ODP 05 Girls Head Coach. Matt is a five time High School State Coach of the Year, received one NSCAA Coach of the Year Award and one NFHS National Coach of the Year Award. In a 10-year high school coaching career, he has led teams to a decorated three state championships, four state finals/runner-ups, one final four, and eight region championships. Matt has guided more than 50 players into collegiate, national, and professional programs. His extensive background has garnered two publications in World Class Coaching, the world’s leading magazine for soccer coaches.