In search of their first state title since 2005, the Trojans will face Brookwood on Saturday at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro. The Broncos beat Hillgrove in their semifinal match.
Lassiter (16-3) didn’t have much trouble with North Cobb, sweeping the three completed matches.
Chris Yun won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, while Jonathan Jemison won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3. The No. 2 doubles team of Zach Littke-Smith and Nick Queen won 6-1, 7-5.
Allatoona 2, Lakeside-DeKalb 1: Willough Davis scored a pair of unanswered goals, leading the Lady Buccaneers to a comeback win in the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
After allowing Lakeside to score first, Davis scored the equalizer with about 3 minutes left in the first half. She went on to score the game-winner about 15 minutes into the second half.
Ash Das and Sammi Jacob assisted Davis’ goals, while Emily Jones had seven saves for Allatoona (10-2-2), which will host Starr’s Mill in Saturday’s quarterfinal.
Pope 1, Loganville 0: With overtime in the horizon, Taylor Meneide decided to end the second-round Class AAAAA state playoff game in regulation.
Meneide scored with 1 minute left, off Kathryn Schreck’s corner kick.
Blair Shortland and Natalia Icen combined to save each of the three shots they faced for Pope (14-2-3), which will host Richmond Hill in Saturday’s quarterfinal.
Kennesaw Mountain 2, Camden County 1: The Lady Mustangs made the long trip home from Kingsland a good one, winning the second-round game in the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
After a scoreless first half, Olivia Guajardo put Kennesaw Mountain (13-6-1) on the board with about 25 minutes left in the game, when she scored off a feed from Tayler Hartrampf.
Guajardo then returned the favor about 14 minutes later, assisting Hartrampf’s goal.
Meredith Bailey made four saves for Kennesaw Mountain, which will travel to Grayson in the quarterfinals.
Harrison 8, Tift County 0: The Lady Hoyas marched their way back into the Class AAAAAA state quarterfinals.
Harrison (19-0) reached eight goals for the sixth time this season, and for the second time in as many playoff games.
The Lady Hoyas’ next game will be decidedly tougher, however, as they host Brookwood on Saturday. The same two teams played to a scoreless draw during a preseason scrimmage in February.
Brookwood 2, Walton 1: The Lady Raiders lamented missed opportunities and fell in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
Casey Wertz scored the lone goal for Walton (14-4-1), off an assist by Delaney Erwin.
East Coweta 1, Hillgrove 0: Though Abby Whiteside was constantly peppered with shots and still made 13 saves, the one ball that slipped through her grasp proved to be the difference in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
Hillgrove (10-7-2) had several quality opportunities at East Coweta’s net, but not of its shots succeeded.
Parkview 4-7, Walton 1-6: Though the Panthers stranded 10 baserunners in Game 1, and managed just four hits in Game 2, they still swept the second-round series in the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
Isiah Gilliam’s clutch relief pitching saved Mac Marshall’s big start in the opener, and he then capped a seven-run explosion in the fifth inning of the nightcap with a three-run home run.
Parkview took a 4-0 lead into the seventh inning of the opener behind Marshall, who limited the Raiders to just two hits with nine strikeouts in six shutout innings and got support from J.P. Chamblee’s second-inning RBI single and Michael Craig’s three-run homer in the fourth.
That lead was in jeopardy after Walton struck for a run on Chris Hummel’s RBI double off reliever Jake Roberson, and the Raiders (22-8) eventually brought the tying run to the plate with just one out in the top of the seventh.
Gilliam came out of the bullpen and struck out Logan Barnette, but he walked Luke Manzo to load the bases with two outs.
However, the junior right-hander bore down and caught Chase Burks looking to end the threat, and secured his 10th save of the season.
It looked like the series might be headed for a third game after Walton took a 3-0 lead in the nightcap behind a two-run homer by Jason Rooks and an RBI single from Henry Rowling in the second.
But momentum changed when Barnette, who was cruising though the first three innings by facing the minimum the first time through the Parkview order, was ejected after giving a forearm to the Panthers’ Daino Deas while tagging him on after a bunt down the first-base line in the top of the fourth.
It took the Panthers another inning to get to the Walton bullpen, but down 4-0 in the top of the fifth, turned the tide and scored seven unanswered runs.
Walton cut the gap to 7-6, but Chamblee set the Raiders down in order in the sixth and seventh innings.
Johns Creek 7-13, Lassiter 4-7: Lassiter lost its best-of-three Class AAAAAA state playoff series in two games.
The Trojans trailed 5-0 through five innings but scored twice in the top of the sixth. Johns Creek answered with two scores in the bottom half of the inning and Lassiter tacked on two more in the seventh for the final.
Grant Berry was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Taylor Giles also had an RBI. Matt McGuire had two hits, as did Nathan Anthes, who also had a double.
After staking a 6-4 lead in the nightcap, Lassiter gave up nine runs in the top of the seventh to deny itself a chance at a split.
The Gladiators sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning, reeling off nine of their 14 hits.
Nick Esposito was 2-for-4 for Lassiter (13-17), and McGuire batted 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run in the seventh.
Walton 24, Kennesaw Mountain 3: Though they were forced to travel as a No. 3 seed in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs, it said little about the Lady Raiders’ power.
Walton (12-6-1) never let up, taking a 15-2 lead into halftime.
During the regular season, the Raiders lost out to Milton and Lassiter, two other state championship contenders, in a powerhouse Area 2AAAAAA.
Erin McBride finished with six goals and two assists, while Kylie Holthaus scored three times. Five players — Hunter Corvin, Lindsey Epstein, Meaghan Butler, Sydney Baker and Reilly Ewing — scored twice, with five others contributing single goals.
Between them, Emily James and Kathryn Sweeden saved three shots for Walton, which will travel to Mill Creek in Saturday’s second round.
Lassiter 25, Newnan 3: The Lady Trojans were never threatened, dominating the first-round Class AAAAAA state playoff game.
Alexa Daugherty outscored Newnan on her own with four goals, while Maddy Scholar and Mika Mapp each scored three times. Claire Goodall had two goals and six assists, while Isabella d’Alba had two goals and three assists.
Jill Rankin, Lucy Mills, Alana Abbott and Heather Silbaugh each scored twice, while Cara Anderson and Bria Dubose combined to make seven saves for Lassiter (16-3), which will travel to Chattahoochee on Saturday.
Harrison 15, Etowah 9: Katie Define and Gabby Grizzle each scored four goals to lead Harrison to the Class AAAAAA first-round home victory.
Regan Payne had two goals and an assist for the Lady Hoyas (19-4), who advanced to host Centennial in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Taylor Sutton had three goals, while Lilly Chriszt added 16 saves.