Friday night, the Athens-area soccer scene will prove why it’s a state powerhouse. 

North Oconee’s girls, a Class 4A school ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history, hosts Class A Private No. 2 Athens Academy in one of Georgia’s most highly anticipated showdowns. 

Having two top-ranked soccer programs has become normal for the Athens area, as witnessed by this season’s wealth of ranked programs. 

Nine boys and girls teams are in the top 10 of the Eurosport Scoreboard rankings, the main site in the country for all things prep soccer.

Commerce’s girls top the Class A Public charts while Oconee County’s girls and Athens Academy’s boys are ranked second in Class 3A and A Private, respectively.