The boys soccer team at North Oconee High School turned in one of its best seasons in recent memory this year.

The Titans went 13-7-1 overall and reached deep into the playoffs. They also posted a 5-1 record in Region 8-AAAA, which resulted in a region championship.

Because of those efforts, several of North Oconee’s players received spots on this year’s all-region team for Region 8-AAAA.

Four Titans found themselves on the all-region first team this year.

Creed Sinclair, Drew Eggleston, Will French and Alec Thomas all earned first team nominations.

Micah Chavez represented North Oconee on the all-region second team list.

In addition to this year’s player awards, North Oconee boys head coach Alex Ventura won the Region 8-AAAA coach of the year award.

This year’s results were a big improvement on the Titans’ effort in 2021.

Last year, North Oconee went 7-7-1 overall with a 3-3 mark in region play. The Titans missed out on the Class AAAA state playoffs because of that region record.

They turned things around in a big way during the 2022 campaign, though.

North Oconee opened the season with a 2-3 record before posting three wins in a row. Across that stretch, the Titans defeated Brookwood High School, Elbert County High School and Chestatee High School, the last of which gave them a 1-0 start to region play.

After tying with Oconee County High School on Feb. 24, North Oconee dropped three-straight matches, including a region game against Flowery Branch High School.

But the Titans ended that skid March 15 and started up a lengthy winning streak.

They defeated East Hall High School that day, improving their region record to 2-1. They beat Cedar Shoals High School just two days later.

On March 25, North Oconee effectively won the Region 8-AAAA crown in a thrilling 2-0 victory over Jefferson High School.

The Titans then beat Heritage High School (Conyers) on March 29 before officially clinching the region title on March 31 with a 3-1 victory over Madison County High School.

North Oconee capped its regular season with a 3-1 win over non-region foe Habersham Central High School on April 8.

The team’s winning streak extended into the playoffs.

With the region title, North Oconee earned a No. 1 seed for the Class AAAA state tournament.

The Titans hosted Mays High School on April 14, earning a 6-0 victory in the first round. Their winning streak reached eight games in round two.

North Oconee edged out LaGrange High School to win its second-round match, 3-2, on April 21.

The Titans’ season came to an end with a 4-1 loss to Northwest Whitfield High School in the third round of the playoffs.

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