DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - For the first time in Clarkston High School history, the boy's soccer team is headed to the state championship -- and that isn't even the most remarkable thing about them.
This team is truly multicultural: The 24 players represent 17 different countries.
But the road to the big game hasn't been easy, and now, they are asking for your help.
Channel 2’s Wendy Corona visited Clarkston High School Wednesday and met a few of the players who said they are grateful for the opportunity and ready to make history at the game, which they'll play in Macon against Peachtree City's McIntosh High.
The boys have fought hard to even get the chance to play the championship game.
In their win over Carrollton High School Tuesday night at Hallford Stadium, they did it with one less player due to a red card ejection -- and also with no audience. They were all ejected from the stadium, enough to shake most, but not the Clarkston Angoras.
“We fight to the end and we did that because of our wonderful fans that was there cheering for us,” player Lionel Touroude said.
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While the crowd exited, one player having been in a similar disadvantage before, took a minute to encourage the team.
“That motivated them to play more and better," player Eli Tshiamala said. "He told us we have to keep our head up and stay in the game."
And they did, winning a place at the state final in Macon on Friday.
Coach Andrew Goodman's team says he knows his team's time has come. The year may have started meager, but the team has a chance to end with a state championship.
“We trying to get it and we gonna get it by the grace of God,” Tshiamala said.
If you could help the Angoras, Clarkston High School's principal would love to hear from you.
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