NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Twenty North Fulton and Forsyth County programs began their quests for state titles this week in the first round of the state playoffs and 15 teams advanced to the second round.
Class 7A boys
Lambert 2, Rockdale Co. 0 — Region 5 champions Lambert used two second-half goals April 24 to down Rockdale County and advance to the second round. Lambert’s shutout was its fourth in the last five games.
The Longhorns will host Collins Hill in the second round slated for May 2.
Milton 5, Grayson 0 — Hosting their first playoff game in three years, Milton scored three goals in the first half and shutout Grayson to move on to round two.
Gary Dinnall and Ryan Brinza scored goals and Michael Gagne netted a penalty kick to put the Eagles up by three at the half. Hunter Dinnall scored two goals in the second half to secure Milton’s shutout win.
The Eagles will take on Region 7 No. 4 seed Norcross at home May 2.
Forsyth Central 2, Archer 1 (PKs)— Forsyth Central advanced in dramatic fashion April 24 by downing Archer in penalty kicks. The Bulldogs won the PK shootout 6-5 to secure the win.
Central faces Region 7 champion Lakeside-Dekalb in the second round.
South Forsyth 3, South Gwinnett 0 — South Forsyth took down Region 8 champs South Gwinnett April 24 with a shutout win.
The War Eagles will go on the road against Meadowcreek May 2 in the second round.
Roswell 4, Lowndes 1 (OT) — Though Roswell needed overtime to down Lowndes, the Hornets netted three goals in the additional two periods to advance.
Max Wolverton netted a hat trick and CJ Ryan added a goal to power Roswell’s win over the Region 1 champs.
The Hornets are on the road in round two where they will face North Cobb.
Class 7A girls
Lambert 10, South Gwinnett 0 — Top-ranked Lambert kept its undefeated season alive with a blowout win over South Gwinnett April 24.
The Longhorns will host Peachtree Ride in the second round May 1.
West Forsyth 5, Grayson 1 — West Forsyth is on to the second round after dispatching Grayson in the first round of the playoffs April 23. West’s win earned the Wolverines some revenge after Grayson knocked them out of the playoffs last season.
The Wolverines face Region 6 champions North Gwinnett in the second round.
Milton 1, Archer 0 — Milton earned a dramatic win over Archer in the first round April 23 to punch its ticket to the second round.
The Eagles’ Catherine Watry scored with 15 minutes remaining in regulation, and Milton held on for the win.
Milton goes on the road next week against Parkview in a rematch of last year’s Class 7A state championship game.
Rockdale Co. 4, Forsyth Central 3 — Forsyth Central’s season concluded April 23 with a 4-3 loss to Region 8 champions Rockdale County.
The Bulldogs compiled an 8-8-2 record this season and went 4-6 in Region 5-AAAAAAA play.
Roswell 5, Tift Co. 0 — Roswell earned a lopsided win in south Georgia to open its 2019 playoff run. The Hornets scored three goals in the first half and kept Tift off the scoreboard for Roswell’s eighth shutout this season.
Evee Reeder led the offensive charge with two goals with Meghan Connelly, Mallie McKenzie and Taylor Oakley also finding the back of the net.
The Hornets will be on the road again in the second round where they face Region 2 champions East Coweta.
Class 6A boys
Chattahoochee 1, Osborne 0 — Chattahoochee used a solid defensive performance and a second half goal from Ryan Rigsbee to advance to the second round April 26.
Chattahoochee hit the crossbar four times throughout the game but finally broke through with Rigsbee took a corner and headed the ball into the back of the net for the game-winning goal.
The Cougars are on the road in the second round where they will face Gainesville.
Cambridge 2, Allatoona 1 (PKs) — Cambridge outlasted Allatoona in a thriller decided on penalty kicks to punch its ticket to the second round.
The Bears’ Nico Restrepo put Cambridge on top with a goal with 29 minutes remaining in the second half, but the Bucs tied the contest eight minutes later. Neither team found the back of the net in regulation or two overtime periods, sending the do-or-die contest to penalty kicks.
Restrepo and Christian Guzman converted for the Bears in the shootout while goalkeeper Nic Sides allowed a single goal, giving the Cambridge the 2-1 advantage on penalties to secure their trip to the second round.
The Bears will be at home in the second round taking on No. 4 seed Dacula.
Dalton 2, Northview 1 — Northview kept pace with top-ranked Dalton, but the Titans ultimately fell short of the upset April 26.
The Titans took the lead with a goal off a free kick midway through the first half, but Dalton responded with a quick goal and added another before the break.
Though Northview continued to battle in the second half, they failed to score and saw their season come to an end.
Class 6A girls
Johns Creek 1 Sprayberry 0 (PKs) — Upset-minded Sprayberry took top-ranked Johns Creek all the way to a penalty shootout, the Gladiators outlasted the Yellow Jackets 4-2 on penalty kicks to keep their state title hopes alive.
Though Johns Creek averaged nearly four goals per game in the regular season, they failed to find the back of the net in regulation or overtime. However, the Gladiators secure the dramatic win with game-clinching save from Sierra Fowler in the shootout.
Johns Creek will host Lanier in the second round of the playoffs May 1.
Harrison 2, Northview 0 — Though Northview ended a long absence from the playoffs April 25, the Titans were shut out by Region 6 champions Harrison.
The Titans compiled a 6-7-1 overall record this season.
Class 4A boys
Blessed Trinity 9, Pickens Co. 3 — Blessed Trinity put on an offensive showcase April 26 and advanced to the second round with a 9-3 win over Pickens County at home.
The Titans led 4-0 at the half and continued to find the back of the net after the break.
BT will go on the road to take on Region 8 champions St. Pius X in the second round.
Class 4A girls
Blessed Trinity 5, Northwest Whitfield 0 — Blessed Trinity advanced to the second round April 25 with a lopsided win over Northwest Whitfield to begin the state tournament.
The No. 3 seed Titans scored four goals in the first half and cruised to the win.
BT will go on the road against Region 5 champions LaGrange in the second round.
Class A-Private boys
Wesleyan 4, King’s Ridge 1 — King’s Ridge saw its season come to an end April 24 with a 4-1 loss to Area 8 champions Wesleyan on the road.
The Tigers compiled an 8-6-1 overall record this season.
Class A-Private girls
Wesleyan 5, Mount Pisgah 0 — Though Mount Pisgah captured its first area championship this season, the Patriots fell in the first round of the playoffs. Wesleyan opened a 3-0 lead in the first half and held the Patriots scoreless throughout the matchup.
Mount Pisgah compiled a 12-4-1 overall record this season.
Pinecrest Academy 3, Whitefield Academy 1 — Pinecrest Academy is on to the second round for the fifth straight year after downing Whitefield Academy April 23.
The Paladins take on Eagles Landing Christian Academy in the second round May 1.