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Area teams ready to kick off soccer playoffs
by Greg Oshust
April 30, 2013 03:45 PM | 1070 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Riverwood’s Alexis deGroot (11) battles for control of the ball with Sprayberry’s Taylor Hill (7) during a game earlier in the season.
Staff / Nathan Self
Riverwood’s Alexis deGroot (11) battles for control of the ball with Sprayberry’s Taylor Hill (7) during a game earlier in the season.
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Several local teams begin their quests for championships as the state soccer playoffs get under way this week.

In the Class AAAAA girls’ competition, Riverwood (14-4) is looking to make a deep run after winning the 7AAAAA title with a perfect 10-0 area record.

The Raiders hosted Arabia Mountain Tuesday. Results were not available as of press time.

“We really seemed to start clicking midseason,” Riverwood girls’ coach Donald Macoy said. “We had a little luck along the way and that built a lot of confidence for the girls. In the playoffs, anything can happen. I think we can match up well with anybody, but we need to show up to play.”

North Atlanta (10-7) is the other local team in the AAAAA girls’ playoffs as the third seed from 6AAAAA.

The Warriors played at Pope Tuesday. Results were not available as of press time.

Riverwood (12-5-1) was the lone local squad in the AAAAA boys’ playoffs. The Raiders — the second seed from 7AAAAA — host Clarkston in a first-round contest Wednesday.

Top-ranked Marist (17-0-1) — the top seed from 6AAAA — began its quest for the AAAA girls’ title as it hosted Cass Tuesday. Results were not available as of press time.

Marist (7-9-2) is also the top seed from 6AAAA in the AAAA boys’ playoffs and will host River Ridge Wednesday.

St. Pius X enters the state playoffs as the top-ranked team in AAA and the top seed from 6AAA in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions.

The Golden Lion girls (14-1-3) will host West Hall Thursday, while the boys’ squad (14-0-2) plays at home against Dawson County Friday.

In the AA boys’ playoffs, Westminster (12-6) — the third-ranked team in AA and the second seed from 6AA — begins its quest for a third straight state title at home against Coosa Friday.

“We are looking forward to entering the playoffs and continue to build off a strong finish to the regular season,” Westminster boys’ coach Scott Snyder said. “While we have had great success in the last two years, this year’s group only returns one starter from both of those teams and four starters overall from last year.

“With so many new players this spring, we are treating this year the way we should be — as a unique opportunity to create our own story.”

Lovett (6-6-3) — the third seed from 6AA — goes on the road to take on Murray County Friday.

Westminster (11-5) and Lovett (8-8-1) will also be represented in the AA girls’ tournament.

Both teams will play their first-round games Thursday, with the Wildcats — the second seed from 6AA — hosting Dade County. The Lions — the third seed from 6AA — go on the road to take on Armuchee.

Top-ranked Atlanta International (15-3) begins another quest for the Class A boys’ title after last year’s runner-up finish when the second seed from 5A hosts Darlington Friday.

Pace (8-6-1) — the third seed from 5A — plays at Walker in a first-round Class A boys’ game Friday. The winner will face fifth-ranked Holy Innocents’ (9-4-1), which has a first-round bye as the top seed from 6A, next Wednesday.

In the Class A girls’ tournament, Pace (9-6) — the second seed from 5A — hosted Walker, while Galloway (6-6) — the third seed from 5A — plays at Whitefield. Both games are on Thursday.

The winner faces Holy Innocents’ (13-5), which has a first-round bye as the top seed from 6A, Tuesday.

Holy Spirit Prep began its quest for a return trip to the GISA Class AAA boys’ finals with a 9-1 victory over Tiftarea in a first-round game last Tuesday.

However, the Cougars' quest for the title came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Augusta Prep in the quarterfinals last weekend.

Weber also advanced with a 5-1 win over Calvary Christian last Tuesday, but lost to Westminster of August in the quarterfinals last Thursday.

The Holy Spirit Prep girls beat Tiftarea 1-0 in the first round of the GISA AAA girls’ playoffs, but lost to Augusta Prep 5-1 in the quarterfinals last weekend.

Atlanta Girls’ School lost to Brookwood 6-4 in its first-round AAA girls' game last Tuesday.
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