Teams prepare for playoffs

Tue, 04/11/2006 - 11:39am
By: Michael Boylan

The regular season of high school soccer is winding down but the playoffs, both region and state, are right around the corner.
There will be no region playoffs in 4-AAAAA but Fayette County and Starr’s Mill’s boys and girls are both state tournament bound.

The Starr’s Mill boys (9-3) are 4-0 in the region and ranked fifth in the state. A win over Fayette County next Thursday would give the Panthers another region title and a number one seeding heading into the state tournament. The Tigers (11-2-1) are 3-1 and could win the region with a win over the Panthers, assuming the tiebreaker comes down to goal differential.

The Starr’s Mill Lady Panthers (8-2-1) and the Fayette County Lady Tigers (9-4-1) are both 4-0 in the region with two region games left. Fayette County will take on East Coweta (14-1) on Friday, while Starr’s Mill, ranked fourth in AAAAA, will host Lovejoy tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Fayette County must win one of their final two games to guarantee a one or a two seeding and a home game to open the state playoffs.

The region 4-AAAA playoffs will start next week. The girls and boys must wait until the results from tonight’s Sandy Creek and Woodward Academy matches are in to determine final seedings for the region tournament. The Sandy Creek boys are 6-6 overall and 1-2 in the region, while the Lady Patriots are 3-7-2 overall and are 1-2 in the region. On the girl’s side of 4-AAAA, Woodward (8-3-2), ranked second in Class AAAA, is currently seeded first, while McIntosh (8-5), ranked fourth, is seeded second and is followed by Whitewater(7-3-1), ranked fifth in Class AAAA.

The McIntosh boys (8-3-1), ranked fifth in Class AAAA, are currently seeded first, while Whitewater (9-3), ranked second, is seeded second and Woodward (7-5-1), ranked seventh, is third.

Games will start next Monday afternoon.

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