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North Fulton rivals clash in state girls’ soccer playoffs
by Greg Oshust
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Special / Tia Peterson / Maddy Peterson led Centennial with two goals in its 5-2 win over Archer in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state girls' soccer playoffs last Wednesday.
Special / Tia Peterson / Maddy Peterson led Centennial with two goals in its 5-2 win over Archer in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state girls' soccer playoffs last Wednesday.
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A berth in the state quarterfinals – not to mention local bragging rights – will be at stake as Centennial hosts Milton in a battle of north Fulton rivals in the second round of the Class AAAAAA girls’ soccer playoffs Wednesday at 6 p.m..

Blessed Trinity, Fellowship and Northview are the other local teams moving to the second round in the girls’ playoffs, while Johns Creek and Fellowship are still alive in the boys’ playoffs.

Centennial (9-8) advanced forward in the girls’ soccer playoffs with a 5-2 victory over Archer last Wednesday.

“I feel like we have been playing some of our best soccer going into [the Archer game],” Centennial coach Jeff Burch said. “So we felt very confident in handling the matchup and our own ability.”

Maddy Peterson had two goals and two assists, while Alyssa Beck had one goal and two assists, Josie Watson had a goal and an assist and Willa Peterson had a goal to lead the Knights.

It’s another step forward for a Centennial team that won the Region 6AAAAAA championship – its first region title since 2000.

“We were in a really good position after wining our region,” Burch said. “That was a huge accomplishment for our girls. We really stepped up and we’ve had a great year.”

Milton (13-3-1) earned its second-round spot after beating Norcross 2-0 last Wednesday.

“We were prepared,” Milton community coach Philip Broome said. “We looked excited and hungry – that’s the big thing. The girls have worked hard all season. We play in such a tough region that we were prepared for this. They looked hungry to just get out there, that’s for sure.”

It will be the first time since last season that Milton and Centennial will face each other, with the Eagles beating the Knights 2-1 during the 2013 regular season.

“We’re expecting a very tough match,” Broome said. “Centennial is a very well-prepared team as well. They played a very tough schedule to get them ready for this point. We know they’re going to be organized. Their coaching staff will have them ready to play. Their squad traditionally is very comfortable with ours – we’re very, very equal when it comes down to it.”

Burch said he and his Centennial squad are also expecting a tough game.

“They’re a very strong team as they traditionally are,” Burch said. “They’ve got some very good players and I think it will be a good matchup. It’s a shame we have to meet this early in the playoffs as I think we’re two very strong teams.”

Last year’s AAA girls’ runner-up Blessed Trinity (12-3-1) also advanced to the second round after defeating East Jackson 10-0 in a first-round game last Friday.

The Lady Titans will now host Buford – a AAA semifinalist a year ago – in the second round Wednesday.

Fellowship (9-4) earned a first-round bye in the Class A girls’ playoffs and will host Atlanta International in a second-round contest Wednesday.

Northview (11-2-3) is another second-round team after defeating Villa Rica 5-1 in a first-round AAAAA girls’ contest last Wednesday. The Titans will go on the road to take on North Atlanta Wednesday.

On the boys’ side, Fellowship (10-3-1) defeated North Cobb Christian 2-0 in a Class A first-round game last Thursday.

The Paladins were scheduled to play Hebron Christian in a second-round game Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

Johns Creek (12-5-1) beat Dacula 3-1 in the first round of the AAAAAA boys’ playoffs.

The Gladiators played Mill Creek in a second-round match Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

Centennial and Blessed Trinity lost in the first round of the boys’ playoffs. Centennial (9-8) lost to Central Gwinnett 1-0 in AAAAAA last Saturday and Blessed Trinity (9-7-2) fell to North Oconee 4-1 in AAA last Thursday.

Cambridge, Mount Pisgah Christian and Chattahoochee were eliminated in the first round of the girls’ playoffs. Cambridge (9-8) lost to Allatoona 3-0 in AAAAA and Chattahoochee (6-8) was defeated by Brookwood 2-1 in AAAAAA last Wednesday, while Mount Pisgah fell to Mount Paran Christian 3-2 in Class A last Friday.

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