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Girls soccer: Milton scores four second-half goals to win AAAAA title

Milton sophomore Sanna Levine scored the game’s first goal with 28:03 to play and the top-ranked Eagles scored three more times in the final 17 to minutes to beat Northview 4-0 in the Class AAAAA girls soccer championship game on Saturday.

The Eagles’ first soccer title capped a perfect championship day for the north Fulton school, which earlier won titles in boys and girls lacrosse. It also gave Milton six state championships for the 2011-2012 school year, adding to the titles in boys basketball and boys and girls golf.

Northview (13-7-1) was able to keep high-scoring Milton (22-1) off the scoreboard for 52 minutes behind the outstanding play of goalkeeper Taylor Erickson and a defense that routinely kept five, six or more defenders back deep.

But Levine finally broke through, scoring from about 12 yards out off an assist from Kala Faulkner.

That was not good news for Northview, which had allowed just 16 goals all season and had shut out four consecutive playoff …

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Boys soccer: Collins Hill beats Centennial for third title in four years

Amiri Abraham scored the game-winning goal with 3:11 to play in the first half and Emmanuel Raji added an insurance goal with 18 minutes remaining to lead Collins Hill to a 3-1 victory over top-ranked Centennial in the Class AAAAA boys soccer championship on Friday.

Abraham and Raji each finished with a goal and assist for host Collins Hill (18-4), which won its third championship in four seasons and was making its fifth consecutive appearance in the state final.

The victory also was a great sendoff for Collins Hill coach Drew Prentice, who will be leaving at the end of the school year to become the director of coaching for the Dacula Soccer Club. In Prentice’s three seasons at the school, the Eagles won two state championships and had a record of 14-1 in the postseason.

Centennial (20-2-1) came up short its bid to win the school’s first soccer championship. The Knights lost to Collins Hill in 2009 in their other trip to the final. Centennial had won 13 consecutive games …

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Aquinas outlasts Eagles in Class A final

By Stephen Black

Score Atlanta

Aquinas 3, Atlanta International School 2: The visiting Fighting Irish (17-2-1) exploded for a 3-0 lead in the first half only to watch Atlanta International (15-4-2) close to within a goal midway through the second.

Matt Moser led the way for Aquinas with two goals, while Marcus Wade scored on a laser of a shot from outside the box.

The Eagles got on the board with four minutes left in the first half on a goal by Killian Fischer and climbed to within a goal on a penalty kick by Rogier ten Lohuis with 12 minutes left in the game.

The finals appearance represents the best finish in school history for AIS.

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Horns stampede Greenbrier for AAAA title

By Stephen Black

Score Atlanta

In the Class AAAA boys state championship game, Lambert beat Greenbrier (21-2) 5-0 after four goals by junior Bakawsu Kinteh. The Longhorns (23-0) captured their first state championship in just the third year of program history.

Host Lambert got started early, as Kinteh scored 10 minutes into the match. Then, 11 minutes before the half, Kinteh struck again after a scramble for the ball in front of the Wolf Pack goal to give the Longhorns a 2-0 halftime lead.

In the second half sophomore Cooper Coughlin headed in a corner by Nick Cafferrata with 32 minutes left, and the rout was on.

Senior goalkeeper Michael Zambetti kept a clean sheet in his final high school match, while Kinteh completed his junior season with 44 goals.

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Soccer: Four defending champions go for another title

Four defending champions and 12 teams looking for their first title will have their shots at the state’s top prize in high school soccer when the tournament finals are held this weekend.

Westminster’s boys and the girls teams from McIntosh, Blessed Trinity and First Presbyterian will try to defend their 2011 titles, and two of them will have to do it against teams they beat in last year’s finals.

The McIntosh (19-2-1) girls will play Whitewater (18-0-1) for the sixth time in two seasons. McIntosh beat the Wildcats on penalty kicks in last year’s AAAA final, but Whitewater has won both meetings with the Chiefs this season. Blessed Trinity (15-3-2) faces a rematch in AA with Greater Atlanta Christian (17-2-1), which lost 1-0 in the final last season and 3-2 on penalty kicks when it faced the Titans earlier this season.

First Presbyterian’s girls (20-1) will travel to Fellowship Christian (13-2-2) for the Class A title. Both teams advanced with penalty-kick victories in …

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Baseball: Parkview finishes off Hillgrove 8-5, advances to semifinals

Parkview’s bid for back-to-back state championships in baseball is alive. Last year’s runner-up, Hillgrove, is out of the way.

Parkview (27-6) took a four-run lead after one inning, got two hits apiece from Edwin Arias, Josh Hart and Matt Olson and beat Hillgrove 8-5 in the deciding third game of a quarterfinal series on the road Wednesday. It was a rematch of the 2011 championship series.

Parkview has been beaten only six times, and four of those have been charged to No. 3 starter Mac Marshall, who got the call in the biggest game of his team’s season. But the sophomore lefthander pitched 4 1/3 strong innings, hitting 90 mph or better a half-dozen times. Though committed to Georgia, Marshall entered 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA.

“Mac has struggled at times, but he grew up today,’’ Parkview coach Chan Brown said. “He came up huge. He’s got a special left arm on him. He just has to stay inside himself.’’

Marshall’s losses have come against three other quarterfinal …

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Class AAAAA girls soccer roundup

By Score Atlanta

Milton 3, Collins Hill 0: The Milton girls soccer team advanced to its first-ever state championship game with a 3-0 victory over visiting Collins Hill in the Class AAAAA semifinals. Callie O’Connor opened the scoring 22 minutes into the game off an assist by Anna Hilpertshauser to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead at halftime. In the second half, an own goal by Collins Hill and a Katlyn Stevens goal off an assist by Sanna Levine sealed the win. Goalkeeper Tori Stajduhar had six saves as Milton improved to 22-1.

Northview 0, Harrison 0 (4-2 PKs): Taylor Erickson kept a clean sheet through regulation and two overtime periods, then made two saves in penalty kicks to win the game for the visiting Titans. In a well-played game that had no cards handed out, Harrison keeper Allison Leone made two saves through regulation, while Erickson had seven. Despite putting pressure on Erickson all game, the Hoyas could not find the back of the net.

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Class AAAA girls soccer roundup

By Score Atlanta

Whitewater 6, Union Grove 1: Savannah Jordan notched her second hat trick in as many games and also had three assists. Teegan Van Gunst scored two goals, including one to open up the second half to help host Whitewater pull away. Jordan also tallied three assists in the win. Whitewater goalkeeper Crista Strickland made two saves and Union Grove’s lone goal was on a first half penalty kick.

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Class AAA girls soccer roundup

By Score Atlanta

Allatoona 3, Gainesville 0: The Red Elephants appeared in control early at home, but Allatoona reversed the pressure to take a 2-0 lead into halftime. Allatoona’s Kristy Wise scored with 25 minutes to play before intermission, followed by Willough Davis’ first goal. Davis would add another late in the second half. Sarah Craig earned the shutout for Allatoona, the team’s 17th of the season. The win was the 14th straight for Allatoona.

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Class AA girls soccer roundup

By Score Atlanta

Blessed Trinity 0, Westminster 0 (4-3 PKs): Blessed Trinity got saves by goalkeeper Meredith Carson on the first and fifth Westminster penalty kick attempts, as Grace Demaska knocked home the winning penalty kick to send the Titans to their eighth finals appearance in 10 years. Savannah Grace, Delaney Fechalos and Indy Wildschut scored the first three PK goals. Blessed Trinity is seeking its sixth state title.

Greater Atlanta Christian 8, Buford 0: Greater Atlanta Christian advanced to its second straight state final behind three goals and an assist from junior Rachel Garcia. Five single-goal scorers — Kayla Puzas, Hannah Huizenga, Halle Huff, Danielle Marcano and Brynn Finneran — also chipped in, as did Taylor Wagnon with three assists. Junior goalkeeper Elizabeth White had five saves and notched her 15th shutout of the season. The Spartans, in their fourth consecutive semifinals appearance, improved to 17-2-1 with the win.

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Class A girls soccer roundup

By Score Atlanta

Fellowship Christian 1, Pace Academy 1 (3-1 PKs): Emily Sonnett scored midway through the first half for the visiting Paladins, then moved into goal for penalty kicks after two scoreless overtime periods. Fellowship Christian’s goalkeeper was ejected for a red card midway through the second half, which resulted in a penalty kick for Pace Academy. Haley Zwecker converted the penalty to tie the game, but Sonnett saved two shots in PKs to win it for the Paladins.

First Presbyterian Day 2, Holy Innocents’ 2 (3-1 PK): The Vikings received a goal from Atalia Ramirez with 11 minutes to play in regulation to force overtime. Earlier in the game, Grant Wilmer scored for the visitors before First Presbyterian Day’s Melissa Hash tied the game before halftime. Taylor Anderson was credited for a goal to give the Golden Bears an early second half lead. Vikings goalkeeper Claire Crawford made two saves in penalty kicks.

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Wednesday Class AAAAA baseball roundup

By Score Atlanta

Brookwood 12, Harrison 4: The host Broncos advanced to the semifinals with a 12-4 Game 3 win in a Class AAAAA quarterfinal. Brookwood’s balanced attack saw all nine starters have at least one hit. Senior outfielder Cedric Mullins hit a bases-clearing triple in the third inning to give the Broncos a 4-1 lead. Pitcher Bryan Woodard got the win after throwing five innings for Brookwood and giving up four runs on four hits. Jordan Banks finished off the game by pitching two innings of one-hit relief.

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Wednesday Class AAAA baseball roundup

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Loganville 12, Pope 2: The Red Devils eliminated Pope via the mercy rule thanks to a six strong innings from Garrett Ford. The senior allowed just six hits to pick up the win. Clint Frazier and Daniel Milligan each blasted a home run to help Loganville build a lead and Brandon Pergantis launched a walk-off grand slam to help the home team advance.

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Wednesday Class AA baseball roundup

By Score Atlanta

Appling County 3, Blessed Trinity 1: Senior first baseman Kyle Miller slammed a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and host Appling County won Game 3 to advance to the semifinals. Josh Deen pitched six innings and got the win for the Pirates, while Byron Buxton earned the save with one inning of perfect relief.

Lovett 6, Calhoun 5: Lovett scored five runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-4 lead, then Mitch Stallings, despite allowing a solo home run in the bottom half, picked up the save to give Lovett the series victory. The visiting Lions took a 5-4 lead on a squeeze bunt RBI by Nick Boden, then a sac fly from Jack Stickney (3-for-3) scored one more. RBIs from Sean Reagan and Brooks Schoen (the winning pitcher after working the sixth) helped Lovett pull even at 4-4.

Pierce County 5, Buford 4 (8): Cole Dowling’s single in the bottom of the eighth scored Will White to give visiting Pierce County the series win. White (9-1) …

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Wednesday Class A baseball roundup

By Score Atlanta

Class A

George Walton Academy 8, Eagles Landing Christian Academy 4: Casey Schubert picked up the win and helped his own cause with a double and a run as the visiting Bulldogs eliminated the Chargers. Cade Sorrells drove in a pair of runs during the Bulldogs’ five-run third inning. Evan Alderman drove in two runs in the sixth inning to ice the win.

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