Boys soccer blog: Finals, semifinals set for state championship brackets

Six of the classifications will compete Tuesday in the semifinals to determine the championship brackets, and two finals already are set for the Class A Public and A Private title games.

In Class A, Wesleyan will take on Whitefield Academy in the A Private championship, and Lake Oconee Academy will meet Georgia Military for the A Public.

In the state’s highest classification, Meadowcreek, the 2017 AAAAAAA champions, is attempting to win its second state title after moving past North Paulding 3-1 in the quarterfinals. Lambert, the defending champions, will challenge Meadowcreek in the semis, looking for its third title. The Longhorns earned the semifinal berth with a 5-0 victory against Hillgrove in the quarterfinals.

On the other side of the AAAAAAA bracket, Milton is in the semis after beating Roswell 1-0. The Eagles are searching for their first state title. Lakeside-DeKalb is in the semis against Milton after a 1-0 victory against Kennesaw Mountain. Lakeside was dominant in the 1970s and early '80s, winning five titles from 1970-81. Its latest soccer title came in 2008 in Class AAAA.

In Class AAAAAA, Gainesville earned its semifinal berth against Cambridge with a 4-3 victory against Richmond Hill. Cambridge moved past Lakeside-Evans 2-1 in the quarterfinals to earn its berth. Pope beat Tucker 3-2 in the quarterfinals to earn the semifinal berth against Dalton. The Catamounts beat Glynn Academy 5-1.

McIntosh is going for its seventh boys soccer title, and local-rival Whitewater stands in the way in the Class AAAAA bracket. McIntosh earned its semifinal berth with a 3-2 victory against Carrollton. Johnson-Gainesville will face Starr’s Mill on the other side of bracket. In the quarterfinals, Johnson beat Fayette County 2-1, and Starr’s Mill beat Cross Keys 2-0.

In Class AAAA, Upson-Lee will face Druid Hills, and Oconee County will meet Southeast Whitfield. Upson-Lee earned its semifinal berth with a 3-0 victory against Blessed Trinity. Druid Hills beat Marist 2-1. On the other side of the bracket, Oconee County defeated Woodward Academy 3-2, and Southeast Whitfield beat Spalding 4-0.

Jefferson and Westminster will meet on one side of the AAA bracket, and Benedictine will travel to Coahulla Creek on the other side. In the quarterfinals, Jefferson beat Tattnall County 1-0, and Westminster beat Islands (6-1). Benedictine beat Pace Academy 2-1, and Coahulla Creek handled Windsor Forest 4-1.

In Class AA, Vidalia will host Union County after beating Pepperell 4-1 in the quarterfinals. Union County earned its semifinal berth with a 4-0 victory against Jeff Davis. On the other side of the bracket, Putnam County beat Harlem 4-0 and will play Thomasville, which defeated which defeated Bremen 2-0 in the quarterfinals.

Lake Oconee Academy beat ACE Charter 4-2 to earn its A Public championship berth, and Georgia Military beat Atkinson County 2-1. In Class A Private, Wesleyan beat Atlanta International 2-1 in the semifinals, and Whitefield Academy beat Walker 5-0.

Class AAAAAAA (Semifinals: May 14)

R7 #2 Meadowcreek vs. R5 #1 Lambert

R5 #2 Milton vs. R7 #1 Lakeside-DeKalb

Class AAAAAA (Semifinals: May 14)

R7 #3 Cambridge vs. R8 #1 Gainesville

R7 #1 Pope vs. R6 #1 Dalton

Class AAAAA (Semifinals: May 14)

R8 #1 Johnson-Gainesville vs. R3 #1 Starr’s Mill

R3 #3 Whitewater vs. R3 #2 McIntosh

Class AAAA (Semifinals: May 14)
R4 #2 Druid Hills vs. R2 #1 Upson-Lee

R8 #2 Oconee County vs. R6 #1 Southeast Whitfield

Class AAA (Semifinals: May 14)

R8 #1 Jefferson vs. R5 #1 Westminster

R3 #2 Benedictine vs. R6 #1 Coahulla Creek

Class AA (Semifinals: May 14)

R8 #4 Union County vs. R2 #1 Vidalia

R8 #2 Putnam County vs. R1 #1 Thomasville

Class A-Public (May 16)

State Championship match: A7 #1 Lake Oconee Academy vs. A2 #1 Georgia Military

Class A-Private (May 16)

State Championship match: A8 #1 Wesleyan vs. A6 #1 Whitefield Academy

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