Boys soccer: St. Pius, Westminster roll along

Defending AAA champion St. Pius and AA champ Westminster are rolling along. Neither has been saddled with a loss yet and both have put up extended shutout streaks.

St. Pius (7-0, 4-0 Region 5-AAA DivisionA) beat Paideia 2-1 in its season opener and hasn’t allowed a goal since, including shutouts of North Springs, West Forsyth and Greenbrier this week, the last two games coming in the Jekyll Island Tournament of Champions Thursday night and Friday night.

Westminster, meanwhile, posted shutouts in its first six games before playing to a 1-1 tie Wednesday at
Atlanta International and beating Cross Keys 2-1 at home Friday night in the Bob Sims Championship.

The other three defending champions have struggled out of the gate.

Class AAAAA champ Walton already has as many losses, four, as it had all of last year. The Raiders are 4-4-1, 2-0 in 5-AAAAA, and have just one win over a team with a winning record.

Chattahoochee, which won the AAAA title in 2011, might be close to turning things around; three of the Cougars’ losses are by one goal, and they’ve won two of their last three games after starting 0-3-1. Chattahoochee was 4-4-1 entering Friday’s game at Cass.

Defending Class A titlist Walker School fell 1-0 in overtime Friday night to Pace Academy, the fourth straight shutout loss for the Wolverines (2-5).

National recognition: Three of the top four teams in the 2012 Powerade Fab 50 boys soccer rankings are from Georgia, including Lassiter at No. 1. Centennial is No.3 and St. Pius No. 4. McIntosh is ranked 12th and Mill Creek 15th.

Panthers rising: Parkview beat South Gwinnett 2-0 on goals by Jonathan Jarrett and Abel Nguyen Friday night, the fourth straight win for the Panthers (5-2-2). The streak started on March 8 with a win over Vestavia Hills (Ala.), which at the time was ranked No. 5 nationally in the Powerade rankings.

Grudge matches: In perhaps the two best games of the week, Tucker beat Lakeside 1-0 in a battle for supremacy in Region 6-AAAA Friday night at Hallford Stadium and Southeast Whitfield topped Dalton penalty kicks.

Southeast Whitfield scored in stoppage time to force overtime, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.

Alex Hernandez scored a pair of goals – pushing his season total to 10 in seven games – for Calhoun, which beat cross-town rival Gordon Central 2-1 Thursday night.

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[...] Boys soccer: St. Pius, Westminster roll alongAtlanta Journal Constitution (blog)National recognition: Three of the top four teams in the 2012 Powerade Fab 50 boys soccer rankings are from Georgia, including Lassiter at No. 1. Centennial is No.3 and St. Pius No. 4. McIntosh is ranked 12th and Mill Creek 15th. [...]