Lakeside swept a pair of Class 6A soccer state playoff games at Hallford Stadium on Wednesday as the Vikings and Lady Vikings advanced to the Sweet 16 next week.
The Lady Vikings (14-1-2) rolled to a 6-0 victory over Douglas County (11-5-0) and into a second round matchup with Mill Creek (12-5-0), a 2-1 upset winner over No. 2 ranked Johns Creek.
Sarah Garner teamed up with Tyler Smith just 1:04 into the game as Smith crossed to Garner on the right side for the shot and score for an early 1-0 lead.
The Garner-Smith duo got together again for the Lady Vikings second goal of the night 13 minutes later. The two switched roles with Garner passing to Smith for the shot and goal at the 25:47 mark of the first half for a 2-0 lead.
Both teams missed some opportunities over the next 24 minutes of the game until Dylan Douglas-Brown found Olivia Cohen on the right side for Cohen’s first of two goals in the game to make it 3-0 heading into the halftime break.
Lena Schaefer opened the second half by blasting a shot past the Douglas County goalie from about 20 yards out to extend Lakeside’s lead to 4-0 with 33:41 remaining in the game.
Douglas County which had only two solid shots on goal on the first half put on more pressure in the second half, but Lakeside’s second goalie of the night Miranda McNalley was up to the task making two of her four saves in the half in a four minute span following Schaefer’s goal to keep the lead at 4-0.
Emma Gray was next to score for Lakeside as she lofted a penalty kick from 45 yards out over the outreached arms of the Douglas County goalie for a 5-0 lead with 24:55 remaining in the game.
McNalley had two more saves in the next three minutes of the game as she answered the Douglas County pressure with great in goal play.
Gray got lose on the left side for Lakeside as the clock ticked under 17 minutes and took a shot at goal. The shot was deflected by the goalie, but right to Cohen who put the ball in the net for her second goal of the game with 16:43 remaining for the final of 6-0.
Lakeside will take on Miller Creek at 6:00 pm on Wednesday (May 4) at Hallford Stadium in second round action.
Class 6A Boys
Lakeside 2, South Cobb 1
Sophomore Saul Tinoco scored his second goal of the night with 11:08 to play to provide the No. 2 ranked Lakeside Vikings with an hard-fought 2-1 Class 6A boys’ first round playoff victory over South Cobb at Hallford Stadium on Wednesday.
Lakeside’s win put the Vikings (19-0-0) into the Sweet 16 for the 11th consecutive season where they will face No. 9 Norcross (13-3-1) at 7:30 pm on Tuesday at Hallford Stadium. Norcross advanced with a 1-0 victory over Lambert.
The two teams had played 49 minutes and 22 seconds without a score before Tinoco took a touch pass from teammate Ulises Morales and put the ball past the South Cobb goalie for the deciding goal.
The goal came just 1:11 after an offsides nullified an apparent Vikings goal.
A lightning delay occurred with 36:41 left in the game and the score tied and the two teams waited out the 30 minute delay.
One of the biggest plays of the night came with 29:42 to play as South Cobb was putting the pressure on the Vikings’ defense.
South Cobb got off a point blank shot which Lakeside goalie Alfonso Batista dove to block. The ball was deflected out to a South Cobb player who had the opportunity for the score with Batista on the ground and took the shot. Batista made the play coming off the ground to preserve the 1-1 tie.
Both goalies would make several saves over the next 17 minutes to keep the game knotted before Tinoco’s goal.
Lakeside had led 1-0 early as Max Wieder headed a ball backwards to a streaking Tinoco who took on the goalie and scored with 28:49 left in the first half.
South Cobb tied the game with 20:52 left in the first half as Batista deflecting a shot on goal which bounded off the goal post right to a South Cobb player who scored before Batista could recover.
In other Class 6A girls’ state playoff action, the Tucker Lady Tigers (9-6-0) fell 4-0 on the road at Newnan (14-3-0) to end their season.
Class 5A Girls
The No. 10 ranked Dunwoody Lady Wildcats were the only Class 5A girls’ team from DeKalb to survive the first round.
Dunwoody knocked off Sequoyah (10-8-1) 1-0 to advance to a second round home match against Richmond Hill (12-4-1), a 2-1 winner over Evans on Wednesday.
Druid Hills (8-8-1) hosted Forsyth Central (14-4-0) at Avondale and fell 4-0 to end the Lady Red Devils’ season. Southwest DeKalb (12-7-0) fell 10-0 to No. 3 North Atlanta (13-3-1) and Martin Luther King (9-7-2) also fell 10-0 to Cambridge (11-6-2) as both teams’ season came to an end.
Class 4A Girls
The No. 9 ranked Chamblee Lady Bulldogs picked up their second ever playoff victory on Wednesday over home-standing Heritage-Catoosa (10-3-0) with a 6-0 decision.
Chamblee (10-5-0) picked up its only previous playoff victory in 2014 with a 4-1 win over Johnson of Gainesville in the opening round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Kamilah Mustafa scored three goals and had two assists to lead the Lady Bulldogs to the win. Hannah Shute (1 goal, 1 assist), Caiah Smith (1 goal and 1 assist) and Sammie Lancaster (1 goal) rounded out the scoring.
Janet Hall and Teagan Furbish both had assists in the game.
Alice Morrow pitched a shutout in goal going the full 80 minutes with four saves.
The Lady Bulldogs go on the road to Jesup to take on Wayne County (9-5-0), a 3-0 winner over Mary Persons on Wednesday. The game time is yet to be set.
DCSD SOCCER STATE PLAYOFFS RESULTS
Class 6A Girls
Lakeside (14-1-2) 6, Douglas Co. (11-5-0) 0
Newnan (14-3-0) 4, Tucker (9-6-0) 0
Class 6A Boys
No. 2 Lakeside (19-0-0) 2, South Cobb (7-8-0) 1
Class 5A Girls
Cambridge (11-6-2) 10, M.L. King (9-7-2) 0
Forsyth Central (14-4-0) 4, Druid Hills (8-8-1) 0
No. 10 Dunwoody (11-4-1) 1, Sequoyah (10-8-1) 0
No. 3 North Atlanta (13-3-1) 10, SW DeKalb (12-7-0) 0
Class 4A Girls
Chamblee (10-5-0) 6, Heritage-Catoosa (10-3-0) 0
Class 6A Boys
Campbell (11-4-1) 7, Tucker (8-8-1) 2, Hallford, 7:00 pm
DCSD SOCCER STATE PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Tuesday, May 3
Class 6A Boys (2nd Round)
No. 9 Norcross (13-3-1) vs No. 2 Lakeside (19-0-0), Hallford, 7:30 pm
Class 5A Boys (2nd Round)
No. 6 Houston County (15-2-1) vs. Dunwoody (12-6-1), North DeKalb, 7:00 pm
Class 4A Boys (2nd Round)
Mary Persons (17-2-1) vs. No. 3 Cross Keys (14-2-1), Hallford, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, May 4
Class 4A Girls (2nd Round)
No. 9 Chamblee (10-5-0) at Wayne County (9-5-0), 5:00 pm
Class 5A Girls (2nd Round)
Richmond Hill (12-4-1) at No. 10 Dunwoody (11-4-1), 7:00 pm
Class 6A Girls (2nd Round)
Mill Creek (12-5-0) vs. Lakeside (14-1-2), Hallford, 6:00 pm