GHSA Boys Soccer Playoffs
Newnan succumbs to defending champs
by Staff Reports
SUWANEE – There was no more magic left in the bag for Newnan’s boys soccer team on Saturday.
Following two consecutive Class AAAAAA state playoff victories on the road, including last week’s sudden-death thriller at Lowndes, the Cougars ran into a dominating Collins Hill lineup hoping to reach a championship game for the sixth consecutive season.
The Eagles, last year’s Class AAAAA champions, scored six unanswered goals and never looked back en route to a 6-1 victory that ended Newnan’s 2013 season at 11-10 overall.
East Coweta’s undefeated and No. 2 state-ranked boys lineup was also in action on Saturday night at home against Lambert. A score was unavailable at press deadline. A game story will appear online at www.times-herald.com.
Collins Hill blanked the Cougars until the final 10 minutes of play before Conner Cox finally was able to get his team on the scoreboard.
Cox scored twice in last week’s second-round 3-2 win over Lowndes to give Newnan an early two-goal lead. Fellow senior Nick Pelerose had the game-winner in overtime. It came after the Cougars advanced past Luella 3-2 in their playoff opener after finishing as the No. 3 seed out of Area 3-AAAAAA.
The Cougar striker, however, was held in check by a tough Eagles defense during a noon start-time on Saturday due to this year’s Newnan High prom. The team attempted just five shots with three coming on goal.
Collins Hill (16-5-0) moves on to the semifinals next Wednesday to take on the Centennial-Harrison winner.
The Eagles opened the scoring in the fifth minute of play while taking 11 of their 21 shots in the first half before heading into the break with a 4-0 advantage.
Newnan got its only shot on goal of the first half at the 9:30 mark, but Collins Hill goal keeper Jackson Taylor made the save to keep the Cougars off the scoreboard.
The Eagles added goals in the 48th and 56th minutes of play to complete the scoring and a 6-0 lead.