Lassiter had walked a tightrope in gaining its No. 1 rankings in the ESPN Powerade Fab 50 poll and the Georgia High School Coaches poll for Class AAAAA, playing six games decided by one goal. Fortune may have caught up to them Friday night.
Both ratings seem likely to change after the Trojans lost to Region 5-AAAAA rival Wheeler on penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime.
Shaban Abousaud’s goal midway through the second half had Lassiter on top, but Wheeler’s Facundo Fabre scored the equalizer and the Wildcats (9-2-2) took the penalty kicks 5-4.
It was the eighth tie or one-goal game for Wheeler.
Reversal of fortune: In 2010, Mount Paran Christian floundered in an 0-14 campaign, scoring just four goals the entire season. The Eagles appear to have caught an updraft, since then. Last year, then went 7-6-2 but struggled mightily against the quality programs on their schedule. They’ve suffered on the field and by comparison to fellow Cobb County private school Walker, whom they’d never beaten and against whom they’d scored two goals in the previous six meetings before Tuesday, when the Eagles took a 4-3 win and improved to 9-3, solidifying their chances of making the state playoffs.
Spreading the wealth: Paideia, ranked No. 1 in Class A in the Georgia High School Coaches Poll, hasn’t had the services of Alex Kirsch, who led them in scoring in 2011 but is working his way back from injury. The Pythons, who have won eight straight since a season-opening loss to St. Pius, have had 11 different players score a goal. They’ve scored 21 overall, led by sophomore Sam Tatum with four and senior Coleman Parks with three.
Blankety blank: Lambert, rated No. 1 in AAAA, posted its fourth straight shutout and eighth overall with a 3-2 over North Forsyth Friday night. The Longhorns (11-0) have allowed just two goals all season.
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