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Three Douglas prep programs still in hunt for titles
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>From left, Douglas County senior Julia Dell’Orso tries to get the ball from junior Tajah Muhammad during a chilly practice earlier this season. The Tigers’ season ended on May 10 against Parkview.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
From left, Douglas County senior Julia Dell’Orso tries to get the ball from junior Tajah Muhammad during a chilly practice earlier this season. The Tigers’ season ended on May 10 against Parkview.
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Several Douglas County programs saw their respective seasons conclude in postseason action this past week while two teams from Alexander High School and one from Douglas County High School kept their hopes alive for a state championship.

The Alexander girls’ soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs after defeating Locust Grove 2-0 on May 10.

The Cougars now have won 13 matches this season and given up only one goal in three postseason matches. They will face undefeated and top-ranked Marist today, in Atlanta. The two squads faced off in the second round of the playoffs last season with the War Eagles emerging as victors.

“We won our game against Locust Grove by playing team defense, possessing the ball and creating goal-scoring opportunities,” head coach David Huynh said. “Against Marist, we’ll have to play defensively and look for the quick counter. We have the talent to win.”

Alexander also saw its baseball team make the state semifinals, defeating Marist two games to one in the best-of-three series. The quarterfinal matchup started on May 7 with the Cougars winning the first contest 6-3 before dropping the second game 9-0. Alexander responded the next day, emerging with a 6-5 victory to advance.

The Cougars have won 23 contests this season and face Wayne County in the next round this week.

Douglas County High School boys’ soccer continued its undefeated season in Class 6A, defeating South Gwinnett 3-0 on May 9. The Tigers have won all 16 of their contests this season while conceding only 10 total goals. They will face top-ranked Brookwood in the semifinals this week.

“Our strategy against Brookwood will be to work one-touch passes and look for a breakdown on their transition,” head coach John Cunningham said. “We’ll need to keep a strong defensive line with midfield help.”

The Douglas County girls’ soccer team saw its season conclude on May 10 with a 4-0 loss to Parkview in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. The Tigers won a program-record 14 contests this year.

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