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Prep soccer season ends in Douglas County
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
May 21, 2014 12:41 PM | 836 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Douglas County junior Lysten Thomas, left, dribbles the ball around the field as junior Michael Botchway plays defense during practice earlier this season. The Tigers fell to Brookwood in the state semifinals.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Douglas County junior Lysten Thomas, left, dribbles the ball around the field as junior Michael Botchway plays defense during practice earlier this season. The Tigers fell to Brookwood in the state semifinals.
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The prep soccer season has concluded in Georgia with two Douglas County programs reaching the semifinals of the playoffs in their respective classes.

The Alexander girls’ soccer team completed its best season in program history, winning 13 matches and making the semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs for the first time in program history.

The Cougars began the postseason on April 30 with a 6-1 victory over Cass in the first round and earned a second round win over Lanier on May 7 courtesy of a game-winning goal from sophomore Haley Worthy. In the quarterfinals held on May 10, Alexander defeated Locust Grove 2-0 before seeing its season end in the state semifinals against eventual state champion Marist, 4-0, on May 14.

“We had a great season and the girls worked hard all year,” Alexander head coach David Huynh said.

“We have a lot to build off of for next year. If we can take what we’ve learned towards the end and carry it on to next season, we’ll be a tough team to beat.”

Douglas County High School also saw its boys’ soccer team have a record-breaking season. The Tigers won a program-record 16 matches and earned its first region championship since 1998. Douglas County started its postseason run in the Class 6A playoffs by defeating Camden County 5-1 on April 29 and North Cobb 2-1 on May 6. The Tigers won their quarterfinal matchup against South Gwinnett 3-0 before falling in the semifinals against eventual state champion Brookwood 6-2 on May 13. It was Douglas County’s first defeat of the season.

Other programs in Douglas County saw unprecedented success, including the Lithia Springs boys’ soccer team which won 12 matches, earned its first-ever region championship, postseason appearance and advanced the quarterfinals of the Class 5A playoffs.

The Douglas County girls’ soccer team won a program-record 14 contests this season and advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time ever.

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