Harrison defeated host Brookwood on penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation to advance to the Class AAAAAA state final Tuesday night.
Goalie Allison Leone played all of regulation and overtime in goal for Harrison, but was replaced by Kelsey Daugherty for penalty kicks. The Hoyas made all four of their shots while Daugherty made two saves for a 4-2 edge.
The Hoyas advance to their third finals in six seasons under coach Steve Riccard, who said he made a few tactical adjustments at intermission after the Broncos dominated the first half.
Other Class AAAAAA
Parkview 2, South Forsyth 1: Host Parkview opened the scoring 15 minutes into the game when freshman Emma Carlson scored off an assist by Kristin Telford. Five minutes into the second half, the Panthers struck again, this time on a goal by Emma Manting. Goalie Mariah Garner allowed an unfortunate goal with 10 minutes left as a South Forsyth player swung and missed, but the ball somehow found its way into the net off that player’s heel.
Whitewater 3, Starr’s Mill 1: Starr’s Mill’s Jenna Currin opened the scoring. Host Whitewater’s Teegan VanGunst answered before halftime to tie the score. Whitewater’s offensive standout, Brook Colangelo, injured her ankle over the weekend, so freshman Aubrey Heard was called in to fill the gap. Heard scored the go-ahead goal just a minute into the second half, then Abbey Reddig put it away.
Marist 7, Heritage-Catoosa 0: The visiting War Eagles scored four times in the first half to take a commanding lead. Kelsey Carrier scored the first goal eight minutes into the match, and the rout was on. Six Marist players scored, including Stephanie Krouskos, who found the net twice.
St. Pius 7, Buford 3: Visiting St. Pius answered a 1-0 deficit with an unassisted goal by Tiffany Rodriguez and another by Melissa Pagoaga before the half. Amanda Vocelka scored two goals to open the second half to extend the lead to 4-1. The Wolves cut the lead to 4-3 with 18 minutes left, and then Kirby Retherford, Kaitlyn Orman and Lauren McKeever added a trio of goals to stamp the win. Goalkeeper Hannah Smith had big stops to minimize Buford’s furious comeback attempt.
Greater Atlanta Christian 7, Wesleyan 0: The host Spartans scored all of their goals in the first half after Kayla Puzas scored just over two minutes in. GAC coach Troy Bendickson pulled all of his seniors except goalie Elizabeth White at halftime. Rachel Garcia scored a hat trick and had two assists while four other Spartans also got on the board.
Westminster 5, Lovett 0: The host Wildcats opened a 3-0 halftime lead as Kathryn Murray scored the first two goals, while an own goal by Lovett accounted for the third score. Caroline Beadles found the net twice in the second half.
Fellowship Christian 2, Aquinas 1: Visiting Fellowship Christian’s Catherine Council scored at the 10-minute mark, but Aquinas tied the score on a bizarre play in the second half. Sydney Thompson’s throw-in was aimed directly at the goal. It would not have counted had it gone in, but Paladins’ goalkeeper Anna Soderlund was caught off guard by its velocity and it went off her and into the goal. The Paladins took the lead with 44 seconds left when freshman Alexandra Lear found an opening in traffic to score the game-winner.
Paideia 2, First Presbyterian 1: Host Paideia took a 1-0 advantage into halftime with the first of Helen Samuel’s two goals. The Pythons set the pace and took more than double the total shots of First Presbyterian. Samuel scored again late in the second half to put Paideia up 2-0 with just five minutes left. Atalia Ramirez got Vikings on the board three minutes later, but that was all sophomore Paideia goaltender Alex Clark allowed.
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