GHSA Soccer quarterfinals roundups

The quarterfinals of the GHSA soccer playoffs begin as the girls opening quarterfinal play Tuesday and the boys close the round with Wednesday matches.

See the full boys or girls brackets or check out the quarterfinals recaps below.

Class 7A Boys

Campbell entered the playoffs unranked and defeated No. 3 Lambert 3-2 to advance. The teams were tied 1-1 at the half before Campbell’s two second-half goals secured the victory. Campbell has beaten North Paulding 2-1 and South Gwinnett 4-2 in the playoffs. The Spartans are in the semifinals against No. 7 Archer, which upended No. 5 Milton 1-0 in double-overtime in the quarterfinals to advance.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Discovery moved past No. 6 Grayson 2-1 after holding the Rams scoreless in the second half. Discovery will host its semifinals match against Kennesaw Mountain, which beat Colquitt County 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

Class 6A Boys

Top-ranked River Ridge moved past Riverwood 3-1 to secure the semifinals berth. The Raiders led 1-0 at the half. River Ridge had one goal each from Gustavo Almeida, Nolan McLure and Bryce Epstein. The Raiders will host No. 6 North Atlanta after it beat No. 2 Johns Creek 4-3 to secure the semifinal berth.

On the other side of the bracket, Glynn Academy scored three second-half goals to defeat No. 5 Lassiter 3-2 after trailing the Trojans 2-0 at the half. Glynn Academy will host No. 3 Sprayberry after it beat Woodward Academy 2-1 to advance. Sprayberry found scoring from Soren Bednar and Caua Siqueira in the quarterfinals.

Class 5A Boys

Top-ranked McIntosh moved past No. 3-ranked and defending-champion Dalton 1-0 to secure the program’s semifinals berth and keep the chance for the Chiefs’ ninth state championship. Dalton, which won titles in 2019, 2021 and last season, was trying for the program’s eighth championship but fell three victories short. McIntosh will face Midtown after the Knights defeated Eagle’s Landing Christian 8-1.   

On the other side of the bracket, No. 4 Cass upended Tucker 3-2 after trailing 1-0 early in the match. The Colonels scored on a corner kick-to-header score from Christian Villela.  Melvin Velasquez scored to give the Cass a 2-1 lead and all momentum. Camden Hillhouse scored to push the lead to 3-1 for Cass. The Colonels will face No. 10 Decatur after the Bulldogs beat No. 9 Chattahoochee 1-0.

Class 4A Boys

Top-ranked and two-time defending-champion Johnson-Gainesville defeated No. 5 Whitewater 3-2 in come-from-behind fashion. Whitewater led 2-1 at the half but was shut out in a 2-0 second-half by Johnson. The Knights will play Northwest Whitfield after it beat LaGrange 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

On the opposite side of the bracket, No. 2 Westminster defeated Bainbridge 2-0 to advance to the semifinals where the Wildcats will play Holy Innocents’. Westminster is two victories away from a program 15th state title. Holy Innocents’ upended No. 3 Starr’s Mill 3-1 with one goal each from Rooker Marshall, Angelo Ramirez and Zac Omorode-Ufuoma.

Class 3A Boys

Hebron Christian upended top-ranked Savannah Country Day 2-1 in overtime and a corner kick from Aiden Kanclerz to freshman Benji Gunji proved the deciding score. The Lions will face No. 6 Bremen after the Blue Devils moved past No. 8 Pike County 4-2.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 2-ranked Oconee County upended Morgan County 2-0 and will face No. 5 Columbus in the semifinals. Oconee went up 1-0 on a goal with 20 minutes left in the first half and with 18:19 left in the match, the Warriors expanded the lead. Columbus defeated No. 7 and defending-champion Coahulla Creek 2-0 to advance.

Class 2A Boys

Top-ranked Model moved past No. 9 Pierce County 2-1 to advance to the semifinals. The Blue Devils moved to 20-0-1 with the victory and will face Providence Christian after the Storm defeated No. 5 Jeff Davis 4-2 in penalty kicks after ending regulation tied at 1-1. Junior Kuhl Martin scored the regulation goal for the Storm.

On the other side of the bracket, Fellowship Christian defeated Fitzgerald 3-2 in double-overtime to advance to face No. 2 Toombs County. Fellowship and Fitzgerald ended regulation tied at 2-2 before the deciding goal in the second overtime. Toombs County beat Drew Charter 3-0 to advance to the semifinals.

Class A Division I Boys

Top-ranked Atlanta International outclassed Jefferson County in a 10-0 quarterfinals victory and is two victories away from the program’s third title. The Eagles scored six goals in the first half and four in the second half to secure the victory and berth against No. 3 Whitefield Academy. Whitefield beat Lamar County 6-0 in the quarterfinals. On the other side of the bracket, No. 5 Paideia defeated East Laurens 7-0 and will face No. 8 Mount Vernon after its 5-0 victory over No. 7 Woodville-Tompkins.

Class A Division II Boys

Top-ranked Georgia Military moved past Macon County 10-2 and will face No. 3 Christian Heritage in the semifinals. In the quarterfinals, Christian Heritage moved past Echols County 4-3 in penalty kicks after ending regulation and overtime tied at 1-1.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 9 Atlanta Classical enjoyed a 7-1 victory over No. 10 Wheeler County and will play No. 5 Atkinson County in the semifinals. Atkinson upended No. 7-ranked Fugees 2-1 to advance.

See the girls quarterfinals recaps below.

Class 7A Girls

West Forsyth defeated North Paulding 3-1 after building a 2-1 lead at halftime which it would not relinquish. Marlee Raymond scored on a penalty kick for West Forsyth. The Wolverines expanded the lead when midfielder Presley Freeman dribbled into the box and passed to forward Abby Batts for the easy goal. The Wolverines will play North Gwinnett at home in the semifinals. North Gwinnett beat Harrison 2-1 at home to earn the semifinals berth. The Bulldogs moved past Lambert 2-1 and Mill Creek 2-1 in the first two rounds.

On the other side of the bracket, top-ranked Buford upended No. 6 Hillgrove 2-0 to advance to the semifinals. The Wolves have beaten Wheeler 9-0 and Milton 1-0 in the playoffs. Buford will play host to No. 7 Walton after the Raiders defeated No. 10 Campbell 4-1 in the quarterfinals.

Class 6A Girls

Top-ranked Marist defeated No. 3 Pope 5-4 in penalty kicks to secure the team’s semifinals berth after ending regulation tied at two goals each. Marist will play host to No. 7 Johns Creek in the semifinals after Gladiators defeated Riverwood 5-0.

On the other side of the bracket, Lassiter, the 2022 champion, was taken to overtime before securing the 2-1 victory over St. Pius X. The No. 5-ranked Trojans have beaten No. 10 River Ridge 4-1 and No. 8 Alexander 4-1 in the playoffs. Lassiter will face Roswell in the semifinals.

Roswell is ranked No. 2 and outlasted No. 4 North Atlanta 2-1 to earn its semifinals berth. The Hornets scored three goals in the first half and weathered a 1-0 second half from North Atlanta to advance. Roswell has beaten No. 9 Creekview 4-1 and Habersham Central 3-1 in the first two rounds.

Class 5A Girls

Greater Atlanta Christian scored three goals in the first half and seven goals in the second to overpower Northside-Columbus 10-0 in the quarterfinals. The No. 4-ranked Spartans have beaten Woodland-Cartersville 10-0 and No. 2 Midtown 2-1 in the playoffs. GAC will travel to top-ranked Jefferson. The Dragons defeated No. 5 Northgate 2-0 to earn the semifinals berth.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 7 McIntosh defeated No. 10 Loganville 3-1 after scoring two goals in the second half to advance. The Chiefs will travel to No. 3 Cambridge after the Bears defeated No. 8 Greenbrier 4-0.

Class 4A Girls

Bristol Kersch’s kick from 20-yards out found the back of the net for her third goal of the night to put No. 4 Cherokee Bluff up 4-0 on the way to a 6-0 victory over Whitewater. Cherokee Bluff scored two quick goals – one from Kersch and one from senior Carson DeMars — within a minute of the 32-minute mark to take a 2-0 lead and control all momentum. DeMars scored her second goal and Kersch tallied her fourth goal shortly after to cap scoring in the second half. Cherokee Bluff will host No. 7 North Oconee after it upended No. 2 Starr’s Mill 2-1.

North Oconee overcame a 1-0 deficit and a goal from Daisy Alonso in the 79th minute advanced the Titans to the semifinals. Trailing the Panthers 1-0, Grace Maddox tied the match at the 56th minute with a 40-yard strike to give No. 7 North Oconee a chance before Alonso’s game-winner.

On the other side of the bracket, top-ranked Lovett defeated Perry 6-0 and No. 3 Westminster beat LaGrange 5-1 in the quarterfinals. The results set up semifinals rival matchup for the ages. Lovett has won five titles – including the 2021 and 2022 2A championships — while Westminster has 16 titles and is riding a streak of eight-consecutive championships.

Class 3A Girls

Harper Dussouy scored two goals to lead No. 4 Dawson County to a 3-2 victory over No. 9 Pike County and into the program’s first-ever semifinals appearance. Nora Oliver added the other goal for the Tigers. Dawson will travel to top-ranked Oconee County for the semifinals. Oconee County – the defending 3A champions – defeated No. 3 Savannah Country Day 1-0 in the quarterfinals.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Wesleyan moved to 18-1-1 after a convincing 9-1 victory over No. 7 St. Vincents’ at home. The Wolves will travel to Columbus in the semifinals. Columbus advanced after a 2-1 overtime victory against No. 10 Bremen in the quarterfinals. The teams finished the first half and regulation tied at 1-1.

Class 2A Girls

Model advanced to the team’s third semifinals in six seasons and two goals from Molly Allmon proved pivotal in the 3-1 victory over No. 5 Savannah Arts. Allmon scored on an assist from sophomore midfielder Camila Laguna to give top-ranked Model a 1-0 lead at the break. Senior Sophie Lawing scored on a penalty kick to push the lead to 2-0. Allmon scored again on an assist from Briseyda DeSantiago to give Model the 3-0 advantage. Savannah Arts scored on a 25-yard chip from Amelia Reci, the Blue Devils third goal given up all season, with 5:42 left. Model will travel to No. 4 Mount Paran for the semifinals. Paran upended No. 2 Fitzgerald 4-2 in the quarterfinals.

On the other side of the bracket No. 3 Fellowship Christian defeated No. 7 Pierce County 4-0 and will play No. 8 ACE Charter after it beat Landmark Christian 2-0. Eliza Grace Wood and Edy Powell led ACE with one goal each.

Class A Division I Girls

Top-ranked Social Circle had little issues in its 8-1 victory over No. 4 East Laurens in the quarterfinals. The Redskins will play defending champion and No. 5-ranked Mount Vernon after it moved past Metter 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Paideia beat Bleckley County 10-0 to advance to face Atlanta International after its 4-2 victory in penalty kicks against Lamar County.

Class A Division II Girls

Junior Sally Berry scored two goals and freshman Callie Brooks added one to lead No. 4-ranked Atlanta Classical past Johnson County 3-0 in the quarterfinals. Berry has scored a team-leading 15 goals this season. Atlanta Classical will host top-ranked Lake Oconee Academy after it beat No. 8 Wheeler County 6-1. 

On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Aquinas defeated No. 3 Portal 4-0 and will play host to No. 5 Towns County in the semifinals. In the quarterfinals, Towns County ended regulation tied at 0-0 against No. 6 Hawkinsville before winning a shootout 3-2.

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