Clarkston’s Mohamed Tambadu (15) battles through traffic on the way to a goal. Tambadu has put together back-to-back hat tricks in the state playoffs. (Photo by Mark Brock)
Clarkston and Druid Hills both won tight state playoff soccer contests to carry the DeKalb banner into the Elite 8 in their respective classifications.
The No. 2 ranked Angoras led by Mohamed Tambadu’s second consecutive playoff hat trick slipped past No. 6 ranked Starr’s Mill 4-3 at Hallford Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Angoras led 2-0 at the half thanks to Tambadu. He wasted little time in getting his first goal as he hit a crossing shot from the right side into the left corner of the net to make it 1-0 with just 2:11 having run off the clock.
Clarkston headed into the locker room up 2-0 as Jerome Luoma found Tambadu with a nice pass he turned into the second goal.
The two teams played almost 20 minutes without a goal in the second half before a penalty gave Starr’s Mill (13-5-1) a chance to cut the lead in half. Starr’s Mill converted to cut the lead to 2-1 with 20:15 to play in the game.
Starr’s Mill would then tie the game at the 11:28 mark as the momentum had switched sides.
Tambadu was not having any part of a loss for the Angoras as he answered the challenge just 32 seconds later giving Clarkston a 3-2 lead as he charged the goal and scored.
Luoma converted a penalty kick with 3:07 to play to give the Angoras an insurance goal up 4-2.
Starr’s Mill scored with 1:15 to play trimming the lead to one (4-3). Clarkston was able to keep Starr’s Mill away from any scoring opportunities as the clock ticked down to 0:00.
Clarkston is set to host Decatur (10-4-5) in a 6:00 pm game at Hallford Stadium on Saturday, May 6 with a trip to the state semifinals on the line. Decatur defeated Loganville (4-0) and Wayne County (6-0) to reach the Elite 8.
In other Class 5A action, the No. 6 ranked Cross Keys Indians (12-5-1) gave No. 1 ranked McIntosh (19-1-1) more than they wanted in their Sweet 16 battle.
The Indians led 2-1 at the half and rallied from 3-2 to send the game into overtime tied at 4-4. Neither team scored in overtime and moved on to the penalty kick session.
McIntosh pulled out a 3-2 win in penalty kicks to advance.
It was the night for tight games for DeKalb in the Elite as the Druid Hills Red Devils scored with just over a minute to play to pull out a 2-1 win over Northwest Whitfield on Friday night.
The No. 2 ranked Red Devils (14-6-0) got out in front of No. 9 Northwest Whitfield 1-0 on a goal by Menkaseh Tokpa on an assist from Hasib Fudaeel.
Northwest Whitfield knotted the game at 1-1 and the teams remained tied as the clock ticked down below the two minute mark.
Luke Narker broke the tie with his goal on Fudaeel’s second assist of the night with just 1:30 to play. Druid Hills held on for the tough win.
Druid Hills plays host to the Class 4A boys’ Elite 8 round as No. 8 Cartersville invades Adams Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 pm in another Top 10 battle for Druid Hills.