LEWISBURG -- Students in the Lewisburg Area School District have something to be thankful for a bit early this year. The boys soccer team are state champions for the second straight year.
When the Lewisburg Green Dragons scored a goal during Saturday's state soccer championship game against the Quaker Valley School District near Pittsburgh, little did they know how important that goal would be.
"We really wanted this year to go out with a bang, to go out on top our senior year," said senior Joey Bhangdia.
Shortly after they scored that goal, the Green Dragons would be crowned the AA state champions for the second year in a row.
"It was such a special moment," said senior Davis Baylor. "It was so exciting to run over towards our fans and hold up the trophy and just keep screaming."
"The buzz around school is crazy and the team is super excited," added senior Adam Cole. "It's just unreal and a great time to be a Green Dragon."
Some of the players were on both state championship teams. There were 11 seniors on this year's team.
"It's definitely a weird feeling thinking Saturday was our last time playing together," said Baylor.
The win was extra special for the seniors on this team because most of them have been playing together since they were about 5 or 6 years old.
"This senior class has been playing together a while which makes it even more special to do it with some of your best friends," said Cole.
"We've built such a friendship, not just on the soccer field but we're all friends off the soccer field. On the field, I think we have great chemistry together and I think that really helped us to achieve what we wanted to this season," Bhangdia said.
"We've been growing up dreaming of this moment our whole lives to win with this group of guys. It's definitely something special," Baylor added.
Some of the seniors are looking forward to playing soccer in college but say it probably won't compare to playing alongside their friends in Lewisburg.