Defending soccer champs advance

Westminster School

The first round of the boys Class AAA, AA and A playoffs pushed several powerhouses into the second round Friday night. Class AA No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian easily blew past Armuchee 9-0 as three Spartans scored a pair of goals. GAC will next host Union County, 10-0 winners over Chattahoochee County. … No. 8 Calhoun posted a shutout of Wesleyan to advance. Orin Flores, Darwin Lom, Alex Lopez and Javier Medina all scored a goal to push the Yellow Jackets to a victory. … Two-time defending Class AA champion Westminster looked strong in an opening round victory over No. 9 Coosa. After falling behind 1-0, the Wildcats scored six straight goals to end the first half. No. 2 Westminster would add two more in the second half for the final margin of victory. … Class AA saw several upsets as region champions No. 3 Westside-Augusta and Oglethorpe County each fell in the first round as did No. 2 seeds Lamar County, No. 5 Murray County and Dublin. … In Class AAA, No. 4 Blessed Trinity saw its season come to a close as East Hall received an early goal from Julio Avila before Emmanuel Andrade allowed the lead to stand from his spot in goal. … Defending Class AAA champion Woodward Academy fell behind 1-0 to No. 10 North Hall in the first half at the Brickyard, but the No. 5 War Eagles managed the equalizer just before halftime. In the second half, Woodward Academy found the back of the net to advance to the second round and a date with North Oconee. … No. 1 St. Pius X, No. 2 West Hall and No. 3 Cartersville all were victorious in the first round. … No. 8 Fellowship Christian built a 4-0 lead and held off a pair of Providence Christian goals to take a 6-2 victory in the first round of the Class A playoffs. … No. 2 Atlanta International scored on a penalty kick with 16 minutes remaining in the second half to defeat Darlington 1-0 and advance to face No. 3 Hebron Christian. … No. 6 First Presbyterian Day won 3-0 over ELCA while No. 9 Pinecrest Academy defeated Lakeview Academy 3-1. … Aquinas looked strong in a 5-0 victory over Calvary Day as the Class A defending champions advanced to meet No. 4 Pacelli.

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