GHSA Soccer Playoffs
Soccer state tourney a 'sweet' ride so far
by Staff Reports
The GHSA soccer tournaments have been ‘Sweet’ so far for teams from East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate.
The goal is to avoid seasons turning sour on Tuesday and Wednesday when respective girls and boys tournaments resume with second-round action.
After coasting past Lovejoy 10-0, Newnan’s girls will have to bear down in order advance past Tuesday’s second-round game against Hillgrove (15-4-1). The Lady Cougars may have to carry on without top defender Anna Lawrence, who suffered a knee injury in the victory.
All three girls games on Tuesday begin at 5:30 p.m.
At 12-6, this year’s Lady Cougar lineup has been in flux all year long after just getting senior goalie Rebecca Whitlock back from an extended injury.
Hillgrove enters with wins in nine of its last 10 games, the last of which was a 3-0 shutout effort over Camden County (8-7-1) in the first round. The Lady Hawks built a 1-0 lead off a free kick from Necee Jennings before adding a pair of insurance goals.
East Coweta’s girls also face a much tougher second-round opponent following a 5-0 win over Luella last week. The Lady Indians will take on No. 1 state-ranked Harrison (16-1) in Cobb County.
The Lady Hoyas have allowed only one goal since March 19 while dominating a 10-0 first-round win over Valdosta that lasted less than 30 minutes.
“We know it is really going to be a challenge,” said East Coweta head girls coach Chris Luppens. “We just have to go over there and play our game.”
Despite finishing third in Area 4-AAAAA, the Northgate Lady Vikings knocked off 1-AAAAA champion Lee County 5-2.
The Lady Vikings (13-3) will again hit the road to face Area 2-AAAAA champion Lakeside-Evans (13-2), which held off Effingham County 3-2 to advance. It was Lakeside’s third consecutive one-goal victory.
Lily Barron scored four goals and Micayla Crenshaw added another for Northgate in its first-round victory.
Boys playoff action continues Wednesday.
Unbeaten East Coweta (17-0-1) hosts Area 4-AAAAAA runner-up Campbell (13-5) in Class AAAAAA while Newnan makes a long trek to Lowndes (15-4) after knocking off Luella 3-2 on the road in the first round.
In Class AAAAA, Northgate’s boys face No. 3 ranked Houston County (18-0-0) after rallying past Lee County 3-1 in last week’s first-round game.