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Local teams move to second round in state soccer playoffs
by Greg Oshust
May 07, 2013 04:15 PM | 1616 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Lovett midfielder Annie Boydston advances toward the goal during a game earlier this season. The Lions defeated Armuchee 8-0 last Thursday in the first round of the Class AA state girls’ soccer playoffs.
Special / LeeAnn Young
Lovett midfielder Annie Boydston advances toward the goal during a game earlier this season. The Lions defeated Armuchee 8-0 last Thursday in the first round of the Class AA state girls’ soccer playoffs.
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There are plenty of area teams remaining in the second round of the state soccer playoffs after they won their opening games last week.

In Class AAAAA, Riverwood won its first-round games in both the boys’ and girls’ playoffs. The Riverwood girls got things started with an 8-0 victory over Arabia Mountain last Tuesday, while the boys’ squad beat Clarkston 4-0 last Wednesday.

“This was a good start to the playoffs,” Riverwood girls’ coach Donald Macoy said. “The girls came out focused on this round and controlled the game early.”

The Riverwood boys play at Clarke Central in a second-round game today.

The Lady Raiders hosted Loganville Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

The North Atlanta girls’ season came to an end in the AAAAA playoffs with a 1-0 loss to Pope last Tuesday.

Marist won both their boys’ and girls’ games in the first round of the AAAA playoffs. The War Eagles defeated Cass 10-0 in the girls’ game last Tuesday, while beating River Ridge 1-0 in the boys’ contest May 1.

“River Ridge was a very well-organized, well-coached program, with a host of talented players right up the middle — starting with a very good goalie,” Marist boys’ coach Brendan Murphy said. “We were fortunate to score in the middle of the second half and hung on for the last 20 minutes. I was happy with how the boys worked in the game and I am looking forward to the challenge of playing Alexander next week.”

Both teams moved on to second-round games at home against Alexander. The boys’ contest is today, while the girls played Tuesday — results were not available at press time.

St. Pius X, Blessed Trinity and Woodward each advanced with first-round wins in both the AAA boys’ and girls’ playoffs.

On the girls’ side, last Thursday, St. Pius beat West Hall 10-0, Blessed Trinity was victorious over White County 9-1 and Woodward defeated Dawson County 1-0.

In the boys’ competition, St. Pius defeated Dawson County 5-0, while Woodward beat North Hall 2-1 and Blessed Trinity lost to East Hall 1-0 last Friday.

St. Pius hosts Cartersville and Woodward plays at North Oconee in second-round action Wednesday.

The second-round AAA girls’ games were played Tuesday, with results not available at press time. St. Pius hosted North Oconee, while Blessed Trinity played at Lakeview of Fort Oglethorpe and Woodward went on the road to take on Jackson County.

Westminster began the defense of its AA boys’ championship with a game against Coosa, while Lovett took on Murray County Friday. Results were not available as of press time.

Westminster and Lovett won their first-round games in the AA girls’ playoffs, with the Wildcats defeating Dade County 13-0 and the Lions beating Armuchee 8-0 in contests last Thursday.

In second-round games Tuesday, Westminster hosted Rabun County and Lovett played at Oglethorpe County. Results were not available at press time.

Atlanta International defeated Darlington 1-0 and Pace lost to Walker 1-0 in the Class A private school boys’ playoffs Friday.

AIS will play at Hebron Christian in second-round action today.

Pace got off to a good start in the Class A private schools girls’ playoffs with a 5-0 victory over Walker.

The Knights traveled to Holy Innocents’ — which had a first-round bye — for a second-round game Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

Whitefield also advanced to the second round after a 4-1 win over Galloway.

The Wolfpack played at Holy Innocents’ — which had a first-round bye — Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

The season came to an end for the Holy Spirit Prep boys’ and girls’ teams and Weber boys’ squad with quarterfinal losses in the GISA Class AAA playoffs.

Holy Spirit Prep lost to Augusta Prep, 1-0 in the boys’ game and 5-1 in the girls’ contest, while the Weber boys lost to Westminster of Augusta 2-0 April 27.
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