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Postseason: Six Douglas soccer teams in state playoffs
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
April 30, 2014 01:44 PM | 998 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Douglas County junior Bryan Girard controls the ball during practice earlier this season.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Douglas County junior Bryan Girard controls the ball during practice earlier this season.
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The first round of the Georgia High School Association soccer playoffs will take place this week with six different teams representing Douglas County.

The Lithia Springs boys’ team has had a record-breaking season, winning 11 matches and bringing home the program’s first-ever region championship. The Lions host Sequoyah in the first round.

“We’re incredibly excited about the playoffs,” Lions’ head coach David Ubriaco said. “We’re creating diversity in our system by altering our formation to provide more attack and greater possession. The team already moves the ball well but we’re looking for stronger attacking options and goal-scoring opportunities.”

The county is home to another ranked team as the Douglas County High School boys’ team enters the postseason undefeated with victories in all 13 contests this season. The Tigers have been one of the top teams in Class 6A and won the program’s first region championship since 1998. They will host Camden County in the first round.

“We’re continuing to improve the finer points of our game and our success depends on moving the ball,” Tigers’ head coach John Cunningham said. “Our defense has worked on stepping into the passing lanes in order to take possession and start our offensive attack.”

The Chapel Hill boys’ team begins the Class 3A playoffs on the road against Pike County. The school will also see its girls’ team make the playoffs after finishing undefeated in region play and posting 10 total wins. The Lady Panthers host Central (Macon) in the first round.

Last season, the Alexander girls’ team made it to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs and has returned to the postseason this year ranked in the state polls. The Cougars have won 10 contests this season and finished second in its region. They will host Cass in the first round.

“Our keys for success will be staying healthy, being mentally focused and everyone playing defense,” Alexander head coach David Huynh said.

The Douglas County High School girls’ team also placed second in its region this year with 12 wins and hosts Lowndes County this week.

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