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The Pinecrest Academy girls made history May 7 by downing Athens Academy 4-0 to earn the program's first trip to the state finals. 

NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The third round of the boys and girls soccer playoffs concluded May 8 with six North Fulton and Forsyth County teams advancing to the next round. Five local squads earned berths in the semifinals while the Pinecrest Academy girls secured a state championship berth.

The semifinals will take place May 13-14 with the state finals set for May 16-18.

Class 7A boys

Milton 1, Roswell 0: Milton earned some revenge over its bitter rivals Roswell and earned the program’s second trip to the semifinals in four years May 8 with a narrow win in the third round.

Milton’s Luc Racheneur scored eight minutes into the contest for what proved to be the game-winning goal.

The Hornets were shut out for the first time this season in the loss. Roswell beat the Eagles 3-1 in the regular season finale.

Milton will go on the road May 14 to battle Lakeside-Dekalb with a berth in the state finals at stake.

Lambert 5, Hillgrove 0: Lambert completed its third shutout win of the playoffs and advanced to the semifinals with a lopsided win over Hillgrove May 8.

The Longhorns led 1-0 at the half before putting four shots in the back of the net in the second half with Hayden Fontana scoring three goals in the contest.

The defending champion Longhorns host Meadowcreek May 14 in the semifinals.

Class 7A girls

Brookwood 2, Roswell 1 (OT): Roswell’s playoff run ended in the quarterfinals for the second straight year with the Hornets falling to Brookwood in an overtime thriller.

Brookwood tied the contest late in the second half and scored the lone goal in overtime to secure the win.

Roswell went 14-6 overall this season and was the only No. 3 seed to reach the quarterfinals.

Class 6A boys

Cambridge 2, Lakeside-Evans 1: Cambridge earned its second straight trip to the semifinals May 8 by downing Region 3 champions Lakeside-Evans.

Christian Guzman opened the scoring with a converted penalty kick late in the first half and the Bears added another goal before the half to take a 2-0 lead.

Lakeside-Evans cut the margin to one goal in the second half, but the Bears held on to secure the win.

Cambridge will take on Gainesville in the semifinals for the second straight year. The Bears won last season’s matchup 3-0 to earn their first state finals berth.

Class 6A girls

Johns Creek 4, Lakeside-Evans 0: Johns Creek earned its third straight trip to the semifinals May 7 with a convincing win over Lakeside-Evans at home.

The Gladiators jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half and earned their third shutout of the playoffs to advance.

Johns Creek will go on the road against Harrison in the semifinals. Harrison downed Johns Creek for the 2017 state championship

Class 4A boys

Upson-Lee 3, Blessed Trinity 0: Blessed Trinity’s playoff run and season ended May 8 with the Titans falling to Region 2 champions Upson-Lee on the road. The Knights beat BT in the third round of the 2018 playoffs.

The Knights led 2-0 at the half and kept BT scoreless throughout the contest.

The Titans compiled a 12-8-1 overall record this season.

Class 4A girls

Blessed Trinity 5, Eastside 1: Blessed Trinity earned its second straight trip to the semifinals with a lopsided win May 7 against Eastside.

The Titans have outscored their opponents 16-2 in the playoffs.

Blessed Trinity faces St. Pius X in a rematch of last year’s semifinal matchup between the programs. St. Pius downed BT 4-3 in penalty kicks. St. Pius also beat the Titans in the quarterfinals of the 2017 playoffs.

Class A-Private girls

Pinecrest Academy 4, Athens Academy 0: Pinecrest made history May 7 by downing Athens Academy to earn the program’s first state finals berth.

After a scoreless first half, Pinecrest’s offense exploded for four goals in 15 minutes.

Allie Doerr and Ivey Crain scored in a two-minute span, Sofia Alvarez Del Pino netted a goal and Doerr found the back of the net again midway through the period to secure the historic win.

The victory also earned Pinecrest revenge after Athens Academy downed Pinecrest in the 2018 semifinals.

Pinecrest Academy will face area rivals Wesleyan at 5 p.m. May 16 at McEachern High for the Class-A Private championship. The two teams split their regular season series. Wesleyan won the March 14 matchup 2-1 and Pinecrest beat the Wolves 1-0 in overtime on April 9.   

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