First-round pairings for state tournament

11:48 pm Apr. 26, 2015

Here are the first-round pairings for the girls soccer state tournament.

Games are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday in AAAAAA, AAAAA and AAAA and for Thursday in AAA, AA and A, but check with the schools for specific dates and times.

For a look at the complete brackets, go to the Georgia High School Association’s Web site by clicking here.

Class AAAAAA

(R6 #3) South Forsyth at (R5 #2) Walton

(R4 #4) Marietta at (R3 #1)

Columbus could be a threat in Class AAAAA

9:00 am Apr. 22, 2015

No team from outside of metro Atlanta has won a girls soccer state title in any classification other than the state’s smallest since the GHSA began holding championships in 1992.

Columbus of Class AAAAA is showing it might be a threat to change that this season.

The Blue Devils, who entered the week ranked No. 4, cruised to the 1-AAAAA title, outscoring their opponents 45-1 in six region games. But Columbus (12-1-1

Fellowship Christian captures Area 6 title

11:50 pm Apr. 15, 2015

The Fellowship Christian School girls soccer team reached the state semifinals in Class A last year and appears poised for another postseason run this season.

The top-ranked Paladins improved to 11-0-1 overall and secured the Area 6 championship Tuesday with a 10-0 victory against Mount Pisgah. It was the 10th consecutive victory for Fellowship since a 1-1 tie against Class AA No. 6 Holy Innocents’ on Feb. 27.

“I inherited a very

Campos leading turnaround for Cedartown girls soccer

9:00 am Apr. 8, 2015

The Cedartown girls soccer team has struggled in recent seasons, but the Bulldogs are in the thick of the playoff race this year behind the play of high-scoring senior Adilene Campos.

Cedartown was winless in 2014, according to first-year coach Randall McDowell, but is 4-3 in six-team Region 5-AAA this season. The top four teams in each region qualify for the playoffs, which begin the last week of April.

Campos has scored

Harrison winning with defense again

3:00 pm Apr. 2, 2015

Top-ranked Harrison is winning with defense again this year. The Hoyas recorded 16 consecutive shutouts (and 18 overall) in winning the Class AAAAAA championship last season, allowing just four goals all season. On Tuesday, they picked up their eighth straight shutout in a 7-0 victory against North Paulding. Harrison (11-0) has given up two goals this year. The Hoyas had four players sign scholarships on National Signing Day – Brook

Lambert girls in control of region despite loss

9:00 am Apr. 1, 2015

The Lambert girls remain the team to beat in the Region 6-AAAAAA girls soccer race despite a 1-0 loss to Northview on Tuesday that broke the Longhorns’ 11-game winning streak.

The loss dropped Lambert (11-2, 6-1) into a three-way tie for first place with Johns Creek and South Forsyth, but the Longhorns beat both teams in March.

“This team boasts a very deep roster of talented players, and we have had to

Harrison No. 1 in NSCAA national poll

5:00 pm Mar. 26, 2015

– National recognition: Harrison, the defending Class AAAAAA champion, is ranked No. 1 nationally among spring girls teams by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, which released its first poll of the season on Tuesday. The Hoyas are joined in the top 20 by Marist at No. 5, Northgate at No. 12 and Westminster at No. 17. The NSCAA also releases regional rankings, and the top 10 in Region

GAC’s tough stretch of schedule to continue against No. 3 Wesleyan

12:35 am Mar. 25, 2015

The Greater Atlanta Christian School girls soccer team, the defending Class AA champion and current No. 1-ranked team, came through one of its toughest stretches of the season with a 2-0-1 record last week.

Now the Spartans need to clear one more big hurdle before they can take control of rugged Region 6-AA, which put four teams in the semifinals last season. On Friday night, GAC (3-0 in the region) will

Girls soccer: Defending champions off to strong starts again in 2015

9:00 am Mar. 18, 2015

The six Georgia powerhouses that won girls soccer state championships in 2014 are off to good starts again this season and are well positioned for another strong postseason run.

Four of the defending champions – Harrison in Class AAAAAA, McIntosh in AAAAA, Marist in AAAA and Greater Atlanta Christian in AA – are No. 1 in their classes in this week’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution rankings. The other two – St. Pius and

Miller Grove boys survive scare; three other ranked teams not so lucky

11:36 pm Feb. 19, 2015

If spots in the state basketball tournament were filled the same way they are in football, Chapel Hill’s boys team wouldn’t even have reached the postseason.

Yet the Panthers almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history on Wednesday, coming up just short in a 49-46 loss to top-ranked Miller Grove, which is aiming for its seventh consecutive state championship.

Chapel Hill (12-19) finished in eighth place in 10-team