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State soccer playoffs move on to semifinal round
by Greg Oshust
May 14, 2013 03:42 PM | 1311 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Julia Wright of Holy Innocents’ (9) battles for control of the ball with Whitefield’s Cara Grace Hildebrand during a second-round Class A state girls’ soccer playoff game last Tuesday.
Staff / Nathan Self
Julia Wright of Holy Innocents’ (9) battles for control of the ball with Whitefield’s Cara Grace Hildebrand during a second-round Class A state girls’ soccer playoff game last Tuesday.
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Two-time defending Class AA boys’ champion Westminster is among the many area teams who have qualified for the semifinals of the state soccer playoffs.

Westminster’s bid for a third straight title remained alive after beating Oglethorpe County 8-0 in a second-round game last Wednesday and Toombs County by the same score in the quarterfinals last Saturday.

The Wildcats (15-6) will now go on the road to play archrival Lovett in the AA semifinals today. The winner will travel to play either Greater Atlanta Christian or Calhoun in the championship game Saturday.

Lovett (9-6-3) advanced to its semifinal showdown with Westminster with a 3-2 win over Benedictine in the quarterfinals last Saturday. The Lions beat Riverside Military 2-1 in a second-round contest last Wednesday.

Westminster and Lovett also advanced to a final four battle against each other in the AA girls’ playoffs.

Lovett (11-8-1) beat Oglethorpe County 5-1 in the second-round last Tuesday and shut out St. Vincents 3-0 in the quarterfinals last Saturday.

Westminster (12-5) continued its streak of shutouts in the postseason with a 10-0 victory over Rabun County in the second round last Wednesday and a 7-0 win over Dublin in the quarterfinals last Friday. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 30-0 in their first three state playoff games.

The winner faces either Greater Atlanta Christian or Wesleyan in the AA girls’ finals Saturday.

St. Pius X (17-0-2) earned a spot in the AAA boys’ semifinals after a 3-0 victory over Cartersville in the second round and a 10-0 win over Chapel Hill in the quarterfinals last Saturday.

The Golden Lions play at Oconee County in a semifinal game Wednesday, with the winner to host either defending AAA boys’ champion Woodward or East Hall in the finals Saturday.

Woodward (12-6-1) earned its spot in the AAA semifinals with a 2-0 victory over North Oconee in the second round last Wednesday and a 2-1 win over Islands in the quarterfinals last Saturday.

St. Pius (17-1-3) advanced to the AAA girls’ semifinals as well, beating North Oconee 4-0 in the second round last Tuesday and Chapel Hill 5-1 in the semifinals last Friday.

The Golden Lions played at Buford in the AAA semifinals, with the winner to play either Blessed Trinity or Woodward in the finals Friday. Results were not available at press time.

Blessed Trinity (16-2-1) defeated Lakeview of Fort Oglethorpe 4-0 in the second round last Tuesday and Central Carroll 6-0 in the quarterfinals last Friday.

Woodward (10-10) beat Jackson County in the second round last Tuesday and Pike County 1-0 in the quarterfinals last Friday.

In the AAAA girls’ playoffs, Marist (20-0-1) continued its dominant run with a pair of 9-0 victories over Alexander in the second round last Tuesday and Locust Grove in the quarterfinals last Friday.

The War Eagles — who outscored their opponents 28-0 in their first three state playoff games — hosted Heritage of Catoosa in the semifinals Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

The winner will face either Columbus or Veterans in the AAAA girls’ finals Friday.

The Marist boys (8-10-2) saw their postseason run come to an end with a 3-2 loss to Alexander in the second round of the AAAA boys’ playoffs last Wednesday.

Riverwood (16-5) was eliminated in the AAAAA girls’ playoffs after a 2-0 quarterfinal loss to Starr’s Mill last Friday. The Raiders defeated Loganville 2-0 in the second round last Tuesday.

The Riverwood boys (13-6-1) also saw their season come to an end with a 3-0 loss to Clarke Central in a AAAAA boys’ second-round contest last Wednesday.

Holy Innocents’ was eliminated in the quarterfinals in both the Class A private school boys’ and girls’ playoffs.

Both teams were eliminated by Paideia, with the boys (10-5-1) — which defeated Walker 5-0 in the second round last Wednesday losing 6-1 last Saturday and the girls (14-6) — which beat Whitefield 6-0 in a second-round game last Tuesday — falling 3-1 last Friday.

In other Class A private school boys’ action, Atlanta International lost 1-0 to Hebron Christian in the second round last Wednesday.

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