As the soccer season rounds the midway point and heads for the stretch run, plenty of our local programs are in the hunt for playoff spots. Here’s a look at some of the games so far this week.
HABERSHAM CENTRAL 3, LANIER 2
The Raiders earned a hard-fought win over Lanier on the road to move to 3-2 in region play and 5-3-2 overall. Still a long way to go, but back-to-back region wins has the boys in a good spot.
WHITE CO 2, MADISON CO 2
The Warriors battled back from down 2-0 on Tuesday night to earn a draw against Madison. The tie moves White County to 4-6-1 overall, and it remains 0-2 in region play. The boys will close out the week with a match against Flowery Branch that looms large with playoff implications.
CLARKE CENTRAL 7, STEPHENS CO 1
The Indians (1-10; 0-2) took a big 7-1 hit to Clarke Central on Tuesday, but the boys have been circling the Friday Madison County game as the one to get. Come out and support Stephens Co as it looks to get a leg up in region play.
JEFFERSON 8, MONROE AREA 1 (FRIDAY)
The Dragons are still perfect in region play at 4-0, and 8-2 overall. Jefferson is state-ranked #10 in Class 3A, and showed why in last Friday’s 8-1 win over Monroe Area. The boys take their two-game win streak into Friday’s match against Jackson County. With just two region matches left, they have also locked up a playoff spot.
DAWSON CO 2, CHEROKEE BLUFF 0
Dawson County had fallen in seven straight before Tuesday’s well-earned 2-0 win over newcomers, Cherokee Bluff. The Tigers are 1-7 overall but start out region play 1-0. There is definitely hope for a playoff spot.
GAC 7, LUMPKIN CO 1
The Indians fell 7-1 on Tuesday to GAC, leaving them 1-1-1 in region contests. Lumpkin is 3-6-1 overall, and are seeking someone to be that leading goal-scorer for a team that has combined for 14 goals in 10 games.
BANKS CO 2, OGLETHORPE CO 1
The Leopards snapped a five-game losing streak in a 2-1 narrow win on Tuesday. The victory gets Banks County its first region win (1-3) and improves it to 2-8 overall. The next three games are the last three region wins, and it’s safe to say the Leopards need to win at least two for a good shot at the playoffs.
RABUN CO 4, JASPER CO 1 (FRIDAY)
Rabun hasn’t played since last Friday in a 4-1 win over Jasper, but the Cats are sitting pretty at 3-1 in region and 4-1 overall. Tito Diaz has been the key cog in the machine that has scored 18 goals as a unit in 5 games.
UNION CO 3, ELBERT CO 1
The Panthers (4-4; 2-2) grabbed a pivotal 3-1 win on Tuesday over Elbert at home. Another region win or two would do wonders toward a playoff bid.
TOWNS CO 3, WASH-WILKES 0 (MONDAY)
The Indians grabbed their third win of the season on Monday with a 3-0 win over Washington-Wilkes. That puts the boys at 3-0 in region play as well, and 3-3 overall.
PRINCE AVE 4, COMMERCE 1 (MONDAY)
The Tigers fell Monday to PAC, 4-1. That brings the total tally to 3-4 overall for the first-year program at Commerce, and 2-1 in region play. Not bad at all.
LANIER 3, HABERSHAM CENTRAL 0
The Lady Raiders fell 3-0 Tuesday for the third straight loss. Still, Habersham is 3-3 in region and 3-7 overall. The next two region games are very winnable and should prove to clinch a playoff spot for the Lady Raiders.
WHITE CO 5, MADISON CO 0
White County’s season continues to be historic after a 5-0 win over Madison on Tuesday. It was much-needed after the 7-0 record took a hit in two straight losses to powerhouses #3 Marist & #1 Blessed Trinity in back-to-back games. The #9-ranked Lady Warriors are 0-2 in region, but those two losses to the aforementioned giants are the two toughest. However, another powerhouse, #5 Flowery Branch, looms on Friday. The good news is the last three region games feature Denmark, Chestatee, and West Hall, who are a combined 5-23-1. Let that soak in that four top-ten ranked teams are in the same region….ridiculous!
CLARKE CENTRAL 2, STEPHENS CO 1
A tough loss for Stephens, 2-1 on Tuesday. The girls are now 0-2 in region play and 6-5 overall. The Lady Indians have had a tough March, going 1-4 and being outscored 32-6 in the process.
JEFFERSON 3, MONROE AREA 1 (FRIDAY)
Jefferson, ranked #7 in Class 3A, took a 3-1 win over Monroe Area to move to 4-0 in region play and essentially lock down a playoff spot. The Jackson County game on Friday will be huge though, as a win could theoretically give the Lady Dragons a region title.
DAWSON CO 10, CHEROKEE BLUFF 0
#5-ranked Dawson County rolled past Cherokee Bluff, 10-0 on Tuesday. The Lady Tigers got the first region win in the first try, and are now 7-1-1 overall.
GAC 4, LUMPKIN CO 0
A tough match for Lumpkin, who was shut out for the first time in 14 games going back to last season when #2-ranked GAC won 4-0 on Tuesday. It’s the first region loss for the Lady Indians (2-1), who are now 7-3 overall and ranked #6 in the state.
OGLETHORPE CO 8, BANKS CO 0
The Lady Leopards fell hard on Tuesday, 8-0. It’s 8 losses in a row for the girls, who are 1-9 in total and 0-4 in 8-AA play.
RABUN CO 9, MONTICELLO 0 (FRIDAY)
Rabun earned a blowout 9-0 win over Monticello last Friday, moving to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in region play, thus guaranteeing playoff soccer for the Lady Cats.
UNION CO 4, ELBERT CO 1
The Lady Panthers (6-1; 4-0) are back! This season has been leaps and bounds better, and with more goals by Madison Yost, she now is tied as the all-time leading scorer for Union. That record will likely fall in the next game, which is Friday at Oglethorpe. This team has 36 goals in just 7 games following Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Elbert.
TOWNS CO 9, WASH-WILKES 1 (MONDAY)
The Lady Indians (3-2-1; 2-0) are looking good heading into Thursday’s match against Commerce. There are many more winnable games on the slate, so it would look like Towns County stands a good chance to be in the state playoffs.
PRINCE AVE 8, COMMERCE 0 (MONDAY)
Commerce fell 8-0 on Monday to PAC, which brings the total record to 1-5-2 and 1-2-1 in region play.