Boys soccer blog: Lambert vs. Collins Hill highlights second round of playoffs

The second round of the boys state soccer playoffs begin Wednesday with the focus on a matchup of two ranked Class AAAAAAA teams. Top-ranked Lambert (17-1-0) earned a 2-0 victory against Rockdale County in the first round to set up a home game against No. 4 Collins Hill (record).

In the first half of its first-round game, the Longhorns struggled against Rockdale’s defense, and the teams entered the locker room scoreless. Lambert took control against a winded Rockdale defense in the second half with a goal at 12 minutes from 2018 player of the year Hayden Fontana, a senior midfielder. Lambert secured the victory with a goal off a corner kick with a minute remaining. The effort kept Lambert’s title defense alive. It also won the 2012 Class AAAA crown.

Collins Hill earned its ticket to the second round by defeating Central Gwinnett 4-3. The victory was the eighth consecutive for the Eagles, who are hunting for their fourth boys soccer title after winning in 2009 and 2010 in Class AAAAA, the state’s highest class at the time, and 2012, also in AAAAA, the second-highest class at the time.

In Class AAAAAA, two-time defending champion No. 3 Chattahoochee (14-2-0) is still alive after its 1-0 victory against Osborne. Chattahoochee will travel to No. 2 Gainesville (15-2-1) Wednesday. Chattahoochee’s victory against Osborne was its seventh consecutive. Chattahoochee won titles in 2011 in Class AAAA before taking the past two championships in AAAAAA.

Gainesville defeated Douglas County 7-0 in the first round. The victory was highlighted by a hat-trick from Pedro Santos and goals from Erik Sica, Lara Aram and Jose Aguilera. Gainesville has two titles – a AA/A title in 1998 and a AAA title in 2010.

Second Round Schedule

Class AAAAAAA (May 2)

R1 #2 Colquitt County at R3 #4 North Paulding

R5 #4 South Forsyth at R7 #2 Meadowcreek 

R4 #2 Walton at R3 #1 Hillgrove

R6 #2 Collins Hill at R5 #1 Lambert

R3 #2 Kennesaw Mountain at R4 #1 Lassiter

R5 #3 Forsyth Central at R7 #1 Lakeside-DeKalb

R4 #4 Roswell at R3 #3 North Cobb

R7 #4 Norcross at R5 #2 Milton

Class AAAAAA

R1 #2 Houston County at R2 #1 Richmond Hill

R7 #2 Chattahoochee at R8 #1 Gainesville

R4 #2 Lovejoy at R3 #1 Lakeside-Evans

R8 #4 Dacula at R7 #3 Cambridge

R3 #2 Greenbrier at R4 #1 Tucker

R8 #2 Habersham Central at R7 #1 Pope

R2 #2 Glynn Academy at R1 #1 Valdosta

R8 #3 Apalachee at R6 #1 Dalton 

Class AAAAA

R3 #4 Fayette County at R1 #2 Harris County

R7 #2 Villa Rica at R8 #1 Johnson-Gainesville

R4 #2 Woodland-Stockbridge at R3 #1 Starr’s Mill

R6 #2 Lithia Springs at R5 #1 Cross Keys

R3 #2 McIntosh at R4 #1 Union Grove

R8 #2 Clarke Central at R7 #1 Carrollton

R3 #3 Whitewater at R1 #1 Veterans

R7 #4 Rome at R5 #2 Clarkston 

Class AAAA

R1 #2 Columbus at R2 #1 Upson-Lee

R7#2 Blessed Trinity at R8 #1 St. Pius X

R4 #2 Druid Hills at R3 #1 Richmond Academy

R7 #3 Marist at R5 #1 LaGrange

R2 #3 Perry at R4 #1 Woodward Academy

R8 #2 Oconee County at R7 #1 Chestatee

R4 #4 Luella at R2 #2 Spalding

R5 #2 Cartersville at R6 #1 Southeast Whitfield

Class AAA

R1 #2 Worth County at R2 #1 Tattnall County

R7 #2 East Hall at R8 #1 Jefferson

R4 #2 Peach County at R3 #1 Islands

R6 #2 Calhoun at R5 #1 Westminster

R3 #2 Benedictine at R4 #1 Pike County

R5 #3 Pace Academy at R7 #1 Greater Atlanta Christian

R3 #3 Windsor Forest at R1 #1 Crisp County

R5 #2 Lovett at R6 #1 Coahulla Creek

Class AA

R1 #2 Fitzgerald at R2 #1 Vidalia

R7 #2 Pepperell at R8 #1 Social Circle

R1 #3 Berrien at R2 #4 Jeff Davis

R7 #3 Gordon Central at R8 #4 Union County

R2 #3 Toombs County at R4 #1 Harlem

R8 #2 Putnam County at R7 #1 Coosa

R2 #2 Woodville Tompkins at R1 #1 Thomasville

R7 #4 Armuchee at R5 #2 Bremen

Class A-Public

A3 #1 Claxton vs. A7 #1 Lake Oconee Academy

A6 #2 Morris Innovative vs. A2 #2 ACE Charter

A5 #1 Drew Charter vs. A1 #1 Atkinson County

A6 #1 Trion vs. A2 #1 Georgia Military

Class A-Private

A7 #1 Atlanta International vs. A3 #1 Athens Academy 

A2 #2 Mount de Sales at A8 #1 Wesleyan 

A5 #1 Walker vs. A1 #1 Calvary Day

A6 #1 Whitefield Academy vs. A2 #1 St. Anne Pacelli

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