Boys soccer blog: Familiar faces head into quarterfinal play

<br/>The quarterfinal rounds of the boys soccer state playoffs are set in Classes AAAAAAA, AAAAAA, AAAAA, AAAA, AAA and A-Public, while two matches – Pepperell at Social Circle in AA and Wesleyan vs. Mount de Sales in A Private – will take place Friday.<br/><br/>The quarterfinals will begin in all classifications next Wednesday before the semifinals May 14. The championships will take place May 16-18 at Mercer University in Macon and at McEachern in Powder Springs.<br/><br/>Of the eight teams left in the state's highest classification, only three programs – Lambert, Meadowcreek and Lakeside-DeKalb – have won boys soccer titles. Lambert, the defending champions, also won the Class AAAA title in 2012. Meadowcreek won the Class AAAAAAA crown in 2017. Five of Lakeside-DeKalb's seven boys soccer titles were won between 1970 and 1981, it most recent coming in 2008.<br/><br/><u>GHSA state soccer playoffs</u><br/>(all games scheduled for May 8, pending changes)<br/><br/><u>Class AAAAAAA quarterfinal schedule</u><br/><br/>R3 #4 North Paulding at R7 #2 Meadowcreek<br/><br/>R3 #1 Hillgrove at R5 #1 Lambert<br/><br/>R3 #2 Kennesaw Mountain at R7 #1 Lakeside-DeKalb<br/><br/>R4 #4 Roswell at R5 #2 Milton<br/><br/><u>Class AAAAAA</u><br/><br/>Gainesville spoiled Chattahoochee's run at a title defense with a 2-1 victory in the second round to advance to a quarterfinal match against Richmond Hill. By virtue of the GHSA's universal coin toss, Richmond Hill will travel to the Red Elephants on Wednesday.<br/><br/><u>Class AAAAAA quarterfinal schedule</u><br/><br/>R2 #1 Richmond Hill at R8 #1 Gainesville<br/><br/>R7 #3 Cambridge at R3 #1 Lakeside-Evans<br/><br/>R4 #1 Tucker at R7 #1 Pope<br/><br/>R2 #2 Glynn Academy at R6 #1 Dalton<br/><br/><u>Class AAAAA</u><br/><br/>The state champions from the past two seasons are still alive in Class AAAAA former state champs Johnson-Gainesville (2018) and McIntosh (2017) survived their second-round matches. Johnson had the easier of the two games with a 7-0 victory against Villa Rica. McIntosh relied on a 1-0 effort against Union Grove to reach the quarters.<br/><br/><u>Class AAAAA quarterfinal schedule</u><br/><br/>R3 #4 Fayette County at R8 #1 Johnson-Gainesville<br/><br/>R3 #1 Starr's Mill at R5 #1 Cross Keys<br/><br/>R3 #2 McIntosh at R7 #1 Carrollton<br/><br/>R7 #4 Rome at R3 #3 Whitewater<br/><br/><u>Class AAAA</u><br/><br/>Familiar faces litter the quarterfinal matchups; Woodward Academy, Marist, Upson-Lee, Blessed Trinity and Druid Hills were all quarterfinalists last season. Southeast Whitfield, Oconee County and Spalding are the newcomers in the quarters after losing early in 2018.<br/><br/><u>Class AAAA quarterfinal schedule</u><br/><br/>R7#2 Blessed Trinity at R2 #1 Upson-Lee<br/><br/>R7 #3 Marist at R4 #2 Druid Hills<br/><br/>R8 #2 Oconee County at R4 #1 Woodward Academy<br/><br/>R6 #1 Southeast Whitfield at R2 #2 Spalding<br/><br/><u>Class AAA</u><br/><br/>Westminster's quest for a third consecutive championship remains in tact after a 3-0 victory against Calhoun in the second round. The Wildcats are chasing their 14th boys soccer title and sixth in the last nine years – 2011, 2012 and 2013 in AA and 2017 and 2018 in AAA. Benedictine, the Class AA champions in 2017 and 2018, earned a 5-1 victory against Pike County to earn the quarterfinal berth against Pace Academy.<br/><br/><u>Class AAA quarterfinal schedule</u><br/><br/>R2 #1 Tattnall County at R8 #1 Jefferson<br/><br/>R3 #1 Islands at R5 #1 Westminster<br/><br/>R5 #3 Pace Academy at R3 #2 Benedictine<br/><br/>R3 #3 Windsor Forest at R6 #1 Coahulla Creek<br/><br/><u>Class AA</u><br/><br/>Vidalia awaits the results from the Pepperell at Social Circle match Friday, but the other three quarterfinal matches are set. An interesting note: Of the nine teams remaining -- including Social Circle and Pepperell – only one program, Thomasville in 2010, has won a boys soccer title. Also interesting: In the bottom left quadrant of the bracket, two four seeds -- Jeff Davis and Union County – outlasted the six higher-seeded programs to advance.<br/><br/><u>Class AA quarterfinal schedule</u><br/><br/>R2 #1 Vidalia vs. R7 #2 Pepperell-R8 #1 Social Circle winner<br/><br/>R2 #4 Jeff Davis at R8 #4 Union County<br/><br/>R8 #2 Putnam County at R4 #1 Harlem<br/><br/>R5 #2 Bremen at R1 #1 Thomasville<br/><br/><u>Class A Public</u><br/><br/>Four teams remain in the A-Public bracket as the classification plays for its first-ever soccer state champion after the GHSA divided public and private schools into separate brackets. Lake Oconee Academy defeated Claxton 4-1 in the second round to earn its semifinal berth. ACE Charter won 5-1 against Morris Innovative. Atkinson County beat Drew Charter 6-2 to earn its semifinal berth, and Georgia Military won 2-1 against Trion to advance.<br/><br/><u>Class A Public semifinal schedule</u><br/><br/>A2 #2 ACE Charter at A7 #1 Lake Oconee Academy<br/><br/>A1 #1 Atkinson County at A2 #1 Georgia Military<br/><br/><u>Class A Private</u><br/><br/>Paideia, the defending champions, lost in the first round, so Whitefield Academy (2017) and Atlanta International (2015) are the most recent state champions. Since 2013, Paideia won four Class A titles and only missed out in 2015 and 2017. Atlanta International awaits the winner of the Wesleyan-Mount de Sales match Friday, but the other match between Walker and Whitefield Academy is set.<br/><br/><u>Class A Private semifinal schedule</u><br/><br/>A7 #1 Atlanta International vs. A2 #2 Mount de Sales/A8 #1 Wesleyan winner<br/><br/>A5 #1 Walker at A6 #1 Whitefield Academy

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