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Hooch boys, Johns Creek and Lambert girls advance to state championship

May 9 soccer playoff roundup



Soccer (boys)

Druid Hills 2, Blessed Trinity 1 (PK) — Blessed Trinity was seeking its first state championship appearance since 2013 but fell short in a penalty shootout to Druid Hills. Both teams scored in the first half, but the score remained tied 1-1 after regulation and two overtime periods.

In the shootout, Blessed Trinity and Druid Hills exchanged goals in five rounds, each scoring three times. In sudden death, both teams scored in the sixth round, but a shot from Blessed Trinity rung off the post in the seventh round. Druid Hills responded with game-winning shot past BT’s goalkeeper to end the Titans’ season with the 5-4 shootout win.

Blessed Trinity compiled a 13-5-4 record this season and had their deepest playoff run since 2013 when they finished as state runner up in Class AA.

Chattahoochee 5, Allatoona 1 — Chattahoochee continued its streak of dominating opponents in the playoffs with a lopsided win over Allatoona Tuesday night. The Cougars advanced to the state championship game for the second time since 2011, when they won the Class AAAA state championship.

Their trip to the state championship game comes after they were upset in the semifinals last year, dropping their first game of the season to Parkview.

The Cougars will face off with Gainesville, the Region 8 champions, in the state championship game Saturday. Gainesville (19-2) has not lost to a team in regulation this season and is riding a 12-game win streak.

Chattahoochee (18-2) is on an 11-game win streak and has scored three or more goals in eight straight games. The Cougars have outscored opponents 22-2 in four playoff games this season.

Class AAAAAA state championship game: Chattahoochee vs. Gainesville (May 13, 7:30 p.m. at Mercer University).

Meadowcreek 4, Roswell 1 — Roswell was making its first semifinals appearance in 30 years, but their string of upset wins in the playoffs came to an end as the Hornets fell to Meadowcreek at home.

Roswell had allowed just one goal in three playoff games but Meadowcreek scored multiple times on counterattacks to build their lead.

Jake Dreger scored 10 minutes into the second half to cut Meadowcreek’s lead to 2-1, but Meadowcreek responded with a goal just five minutes later and iced the game win another goal in the final seven minutes.

Roswell compiled a 10-10-1 record this season.

Soccer (girls)

Johns Creek 1, Cambridge 0 — Region rivals Johns Creek and Cambridge met Tuesday night with each team seeking its first state championship appearance in Class AAAAAA.

Johns Creek scored the sole goal of the game in the first half, and it would prove to be enough as the Lady Gladiators defense continued its playoff domination this season, limiting the Lady Bears’ chances throughout the game.

The Lady Gladiators now advance to the state championship game under first-year head coach Mary Byrne. Under Byrne, Johns Creek advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and will be making its first state championship appearance.

Johns Creek will take on Harrison, the Region 6 champions in what should be a battle of the defenses. The Lady Hoyas (19-3) have allowed just one goal in their last eight games. Johns Creek has allowed three goals in its last 10 games.

Class AAAAAA state championship game: Johns Creek vs. Harrison (May 13, 5 p.m. at Mercer University).

Lambert 4, Mill Creek 0 — Madison Haugen scored a hat trick and Lambert’s defense continued its streak of shutouts as the Lady Longhorns advanced to the state championship game for the second time in three years.

Lambert took an early 1-0 lead on a goal from Alisa Barr before Haugen opened the lead with three straight goals in the second half. Meanwhile, the Lady Longhorns recorded their eighth shutout in a row.

Lambert will take on Grayson, ranked No. 8 in the state in Class AAAAAAA in the state championship game. The Lady Rams defeated Lambert in the 2015 Class AAAAAA state championship game, 5-0.

Grayson has allowed two goals in their last seven games.

Class AAAAAAA state championship game: Lambert vs. Grayson (May 13, 5 p.m. at McEachern High School).

Grayson 1, South Forsyth 0 — South Forsyth’s season came to an end Tuesday as they were shut out by Grayson in the Class AAAAAAA semifinals.

South hadn’t allowed a team more than one goal since March 21 against West Forsyth, and that continued Tuesday as Grayson struggled to find the net. But midway through the second half, the Lady Rams broke the stalemate and score the only goal of the game on a header off a free kick.

Grayson’s defense was able to hold on, and squeaked by with the 1-0 win.

South’s finished the season 18-4 overall.

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