On Wednesday of this week, two girls’ soccer squads were set to play their first-round matchups in the state playoffs.
North Paulding will host Riverwood in Dallas. The Wolfpack have had another stellar season, winning 11 contests and placing second in Region 5-AAAAA. The squad did not lose a match this season against a fellow Paulding County foe and holds victories over other state playoffs teams including Alexander. The Wolfpack have averaged more than four goals a contest this season while fielding a defense that’s also posted seven shutouts.
North Paulding has won four of its last five matches and made the second round of the state playoffs last season. With a victory, the Wolfpack will advance to the next round to face Tucker or Heritage, Conyers.
The other county postseason soccer team hails from East Paulding, returning to the state playoffs for the first time in three years. East Paulding has won 10 matches this season, marking the third consecutive campaign in which it reached double-digit victories. The Raiders have one of the stingiest defenses in the state, allowing less than two goals per contest this season. They will travel to Pope on Wednesday with the winner advancing to face either Dunwoody or Loganville on May 7.
The state soccer final will be held at Fifth Third Stadium in Kennesaw on May 16.
The county also was well represented in tennis with three teams making the state playoffs as well. The North Paulding girls’ tennis team finished second in the region and had 10 victories. The Wolfpack dropped its first-round match to Sequoyah on April 24.
The Wolfpack program also saw its boys’ tennis squad make the postseason after an 11-win campaign. The team also finished second in the region but lost to Cambridge in the first-round.
The South Paulding boys’ tennis team also made the state playoffs, traveling to Pope for its first-round matchup against Pope on April 21. The Spartans dropped its contest to the Greyhounds, 4-0.