James R. Hallford Stadium was the site of a Class 6A state playoff sweep on Thursday as the Tucker Lady Tigers and Tigers knocked Brunswick out of the state playoffs.
The Lady Tigers (12-6-0) won a penalty kick thriller 3-2 (3-1 on PKs) to advance to the Sweet 16 against Sequoyah (11-6-2), a 4-0 winner over Apalachee.
Tucker freshman goalie Amanita Wai gave up two goals on the night, but her big plays at key moments kept the Lady Tigers in the game.
Wai came up big in overtime with two big saves. The first was knocking down a Brunswick shot with 2:10 left in the first half of the overtime period and then with three minutes left in the second overtime she deflected a shot to keep the score at 2-2.
Brunswick (5-13-0) had a big opportunity to win the game in overtime with a penalty kick with 2:39 to play. The kick went wide left as Wai closed the corner.
The two teams went to the penalty kicks following overtime and Brunswick missed on its first attempt as Dawson Carter blocked the shot opening the door for Tucker.
Erika Wilson who had given Tucker a short-lived 2-1 lead with 15:11 left in regulation connected on her penalty kick try to give the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead in the period.
Brunswick’s next shot went high over the cross bar and the Brunswick goalie made a save on Tucker’s next try to keep it at 1-0. Brunswick was high again to bring Tucker’s Marianna Guerrico-Hatch to the line. Guerrico-Hatch put the shot past a diving goalie giving the Lady Tigers a 2-0 advantage.
Brunswick pulled within 2-1 with a make on its next try setting up Autumn Carter for the attempt to win the game for Tucker. Carter kicked behind the diving goalie and her shot glanced off the goalie’s foot and into the net to end the game.
Wai had a pair of big moments in the first half as well. Brunswick had the ball and took a shot with 21:44 to play in the first and Wai went down to block the shot which rebounded back out to Brunswick. Another shot came as Wai was trying to get up and she gobbled it up to keep the game knotted at 0-0.
She battled against three consecutive shots with 4:10 to play in the first half with the help of her teammates to send the game to the half tied at 0-0.
Brunswick took a 1-0 lead with 29:42 to play as a shot from just inside midfield was lofted towards the goal and bounced just over the reach of Wai.
Four minutes later Tucker would tie game as the Brunswick goalie made one her few mistakes mishitting a kick that was intercepted by Tucker’s Anna Frenandez who sent a shot over the reach of the goalie to tie the game at 1-1 with 25:11 to play.
Wilson gave the Lady Tigers a 2-1 lead as her corner kick deflected off a defender and into the net with 15:11 to play. Brunswick tied the game at 2-2 on a breakaway with 6:14 to play.
Wai would come up with another big save with 33 seconds remaining to help send the game into overtime.
Tucker hosts Sequoyah (11-6-2) on Tuesday or Wednesday with the site and time to be announced.
In other Class 6A girls’ action, Effingham County (15-3-0) knocked off Martin Luther King Jr. (14-4-1) 10-0 at Godfrey Stadium to end the amazing record setting season of Jasmine Mathis (66 goals).
Class 6A Boys
The Tucker Tigers pressured Brunswick throughout the game on the way to a 5-0 win in the Class 6A boys’ state playoffs first round match at Hallford Stadium.
Tucker pressured with some hard shots on goal, but had a tough time solving the Brunswick goalie who took on the shots with his body and feet to keep the game scoreless despite taking on point blank shots from the Tigers.
Jerome Mzama finally got the Tigers on the scoreboard as he collected the carom from a throw in from the side and put the ball in the goal through traffic for a 1-0 lead with 13:15 left in the first half.
Brunswick’s goalie turned away consecutive shots twice in a row in the final moments of the first half to keep the score close at 1-0 in favor of the Tigers.
Chol Chol added to the Tucker lead as he directed a free kick from Kalen Campbell behind the moving Brunswick goalie for a 2-0 advantage with 30:50 to play.
Mzama would score his second and third goals of the night on a blast from 25 yards out with 17:46 to play and another with 10:39 to remaining to push the lead to 4-0.
Graham Miller finished off the scoring with 2:31 remaining to make the final of 5-0.
Tucker will host the winner of Dacula (8-7-2) and No. 4 ranked Allatoona (14-3-0) in the second round. A date, site and time will be announced at a later time.
Class 5A Girls
The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs rolled to a 7-1 victory over Kell to open the Class 5A girls’ state playoffs at Adams Stadium on Thursday night.
Chamblee (12-3-2) jumped out to a 5-1 halftime lead and added two more goals in the second half to close out the win.
The Lady Bulldogs entertain No. 4 ranked McIntosh (11-6-2), a 10-0 winner over Warner Robins in the first round, on Tuesday with the site and time to be announced.
The 2017 seasons came to an end for Arabia Mountain and Southwest DeKalb in Class 5A girls’ first round play. Arabia Mountain (12-4-0) fell 7-0 to Rome and Southwest DeKalb (7-7-0) lost 10-0 to Paulding County.
The Lakeside Lady Vikings (9-7-2) wrapped up their season falling 4-0 to South Forsyth (16-3-0) in the Class 7A girls’ state playoffs.
DCSD SOCCER STATE PLAYOFFS RESULTS
Thursday, April 27
South Forsyth (16-3-0) 4, Lakeside (9-7-2) 0
Tucker (12-6-0) 3 (3-1 PKs), Brunswick (5-14-0) 2
Effingham Co. (15-3-0) 10, M.L. King (14-4-1) 0
Chamblee (12-3-2) 7, Kell (7-9-0) 1
Rome (10-9-0) 7, Arabia Mountain (12-4-0) 0
Paulding Co. (15-3-0) 10, SW DeKalb (7-7-0) 0
Tucker (12-7-0) 5, Brunswick (3-15-0) 0
DCSD SOCCER STATE PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Friday, April 28
CLASS 6A GIRLS
Stephenson (9-8-0) vs. Glynn Academy (12-3-1), 6:00 pm
CLASS 5A BOYS
Cass (5-10-0) vs. Clarkston (15-1-1), Hallford, 6:00 pm
Villa Rica (10-4-2) vs. Cross Keys (11-4-1), Adams, 7:30 pm
Chamblee (6-8-2) at Rome (10-4-1), 7:30 pm
Arabia Mountain (7-7-0) at Carrollton (13-2-0), 6:00 pm
CLASS 5A GIRLS
Carrollton (6-12-0) vs. Cross Keys (7-5-0), Adams, 5:30 pm
Doubleheader: Adults/Students $10.00
Single Game: Adults/Students $7.00