(L to R) Maddie Rice, Ava Evans, Aida Lynn Thompson, Kennedy Williams, Kassey Dzenis, Anna Grace Moore, Lauryn Mitchell, Kiki Christensen, Nneoma Omelogu, and Silvana Davila are joined by Coach Brian Rogers and the Board of Commissioners.

The AFC Lightning 08 Girls soccer team was recognized by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners at a recent meeting for their success on and off the field. In addition to serving their community with service projects, these girls have represented Fayette County with tremendous success on the soccer field.

This summer, a group of the girls traveled to Illinois to participate in the nation’s elite youth soccer tournament where they faced off against the best players in the country. At the tournament, the AFC Lightning 08 team carried the flag for the State of Georgia in the Opening Ceremonies. After defeating teams from Ohio, Illinois, Nevada, and Oklahoma, they lost in the finals to a team representing Texas.

Upon their return to Georgia, they were greeted at McCurry Park by World Cup star Clint Mathis for their achievements.

The girls are looking forward to another great season and have already started off with a tournament win in August over some Georgia rivals. AFC Lightning is a Fayette County-based select soccer program that was established in 1984. Since its creation, many of its players have gone on to play college, professional, and even three have represented the United States in the World Cup (Kelly O’Hara, Clint Mathis, and Ricardo Clark).