Ring Chasing: Round 1 Previews on the Pitch

All the work put in far before first touch in 2019 has come down to this. For 16 of our local teams, playoff dreams are now a reality. For many, it will be a one-and-done. For others, a deep playoff run that will result in a legitimate shot at a state title.

Here are your first round previews.


Habersham Central Raiders vs South Paulding

The Raiders (12-3-2) earned an opening playoff home game for the first time since 2011, which is also the last time the Raiders won more than this season’s 12 games. They had 16 that year and advanced to the state semifinals.

Habersham faces South Paulding (2-9), a #3-seed out of Region 5-AAAAAA. South Paulding has allowed 29 goals against just 16 scored. The Raiders stand a great chance to cruise into the Sweet 16, though nothing is a given. Habersham has 43 goals scored and 29 allowed.

WHEN? Friday, April 26 / 7 PM

Habersham Central Lady Raiders @ Alexander

The Lady Raiders (6-9) earned a playoff spot for the second time in three years, and open as the 4-seed at #1-seed Alexander (12-5-1). Alexander is riding an 8-game win streak coming in, and has a jaw-dropping 74 goals on the season. They can score in bunches, tallying 6-plus goals on seven separate occasions. With 19 goals against, their defense is very good as well, and they’ve pitched eight shutouts this season.

The Region 5-AAAAAA champs will be the toughest yet for Habersham, who comes in as winners of three of the last four, and have scored 33 goals this season. However, the defense has allowed 38.

WHEN? Thursday, April 25 / Time TBA


White Co Lady Warriors @ Heritage

White County is easily the best 4-seed in the 4A bracket, traveling to Heritage in the opening round. This will be a tough battle for the 13-3 Lady Warriors, who are fresh off a 10-0 win over West Hall.

Heritage (7-2), the 6-AAAA Region Champs, are a team that scores timely goals (18 in 9 games), and a solid defense that has allowed 10 goals (5 coming in one game) and have four shutout wins. White County has 51 goals scored this year, and the defense has been stingy, allowing just 18 in total (10 of those coming against powerhouse Marist & Flowery Branch). This playoff run is now 7 straight for the Lady Warriors.

WHEN? Thursday, April 25 / Time TBA

Stephens Co Lady Indians @ LaGrange

The Lady Indians (7-7-1) as a 4-seed face a tough opponent in #1-seed LaGrange (11-6-1), the 5-AAAA Champs. Stephens County is making its first playoff appearance after barely missing out last season. With 44 goals, they LOVE to score, despite back-to-back shutout losses. The defense has struggled at times, allowing 52 goals. 35 of those came in four games combined, so there have been a number of times opponents couldn’t break through.

LaGrange has 63 goals this year, which is astounding. The defense is beatable though, as the unit has allowed 46 goals. They come in with a 2-game win streak.

WHEN? Thursday, April 25 / 6:30 PM


Dawson Co Lady Tigers vs Sonoraville

The Lady Tigers are the #2-ranked team in the state, and looking VERY GOOD! With 64 goals for and only 8 against all season, this is the most elite team we’ve seen in a long time. Dawson (12-1-1) has the #1-seed with a region 7-AAA title, and take on Sonoraville (6-3-1), who is riding a 4-game win streak coming in.

Sonoraville, a 4-seed from region 6-AAA, scores in bunches (36 goals), and allows consistently about two per game (18 goals). This should be a cruise for Dawson, who is in its eighth straight playoff run dating back to 2012. The program three times has made it to the quarterfinals, but looking to go further than ever this time around.

WHEN? Tuesday, April 23 / 5:30 PM

Jefferson Dragons vs Stone Mountain

The Dragons, 8-AAA Region Champs, are the #6-ranked team in the state at 14-2 overall and have 8 straight wins! Jefferson has many goals, with 59 overall, against just a tiny amount (10).

Stone Mountain (9-6-1) is a tough 4-seed from region 5-AAA, and has scored 61 times in 2019, and has allowed 37 overall.

WHEN? Wednesday, April 24 / 6 PM

Jefferson Lady Dragons vs Pace Academy

The #7-ranked Lady Dragons are 11-4-1 and have recently lost one to snap a 4-game win streak and hand them a region runner-up finish. Jefferson scores a lot (48 goals) and allows VERY few (9 goals). That electric defense will likely lead Jefferson to a win over Pace (7-5) out of 5-AAA.

Pace Academy is the #9-ranked team in 3A, and has four games with 10-plus goals, giving them a total of 56 on the season, which inflates the average per game. Pace has allowed 20 goals on the year. This is a very good top-ten first round matchup.

WHEN? Tuesday, April 23 / 5:30 PM

Lumpkin Co Lady Indians @ Adairsville

The 10-6 Lady Indians are ranked #8 in the state, and as a 3-seed stand a very good chance of winning on the road at Adairsville (10-4-1). Lumpkin has a mind-blowing 72 goals scored, and have allowed 27 on the season. The girls have six shutout wins.

Adairsville is the runner-up from 6-AAA, and are enduring a 2-game skid. They score often (47 goals), but also allow a good deal (23 goals). The Lady Indians are enjoying the sixth straight playoff run, but hope to return to the semifinals for the first time since 2015…or go further!

WHEN? Tuesday, April 23 / 6 PM

Dawson Co Tigers @ Calhoun

The Tigers (4-9) don’t have the impressive W-L record, but are a 3-seed nonetheless, and travel to #2-seed Calhoun (8-6-2) out of Region 6-AAA. Dawson struggles to find the back of the net, with 18 total goals, and has allowed 39 on the year.

Calhoun has scored 45 times in 2019, and has allowed 23 goals against. Dawson has made state now ten straight seasons, but will look to get to the quarterfinals as they did in ’15-16.

WHEN? Wednesday, April 24 / Time TBA


Union Co Lady Panthers vs Temple

The #6-ranked Lady Panthers (10-2-1) are enjoying an historic campaign that led to a Region 8-AA title. Union is back in the playoffs after a two-year hiatus, and will look to make a deep run like it did in ’15-16 with back-to-back Elite 8 runs. The girls scored a TON (61 goals), and don’t give up a whole lot (13).

Temple (12-6) is a tough out and a really good 4-seed from 5-AA. They have…get ready for this…83 goals scored this season. Find a team with more (you’ll see that below)…However, they’ve allowed 53, so this could be a slug-fest, although Union’s great defense could mean the Lady Panthers won’t need much offense.

WHEN? Thursday, April 25 / 6 PM

Rabun Co Lady Wildcats @ Lamar Co

The Lady Cats (4-3-1) earned the 3-seed from 8-AA, and travel to Lamar (14-3-1). Rabun has 21 goals for and 26 against this season.

Lamar has 114 goals this season!!!! That’s not a typo. The defense has allowed just 21 in 219. Lamar is the #4-ranked team in the state, and only loss the region title because #3-ranked Bremen stood in the way.

The Lady Wildcats have made state four times in the past five seasons now, and have twice advanced to the Sweet 16.

Rabun Co Wildcats @ Bremen

The Cats (6-2) are travelling as a 3-seed to Bremen. Rabun has 33 goals for and 19 against.

Bremen (12-5-1) is the region 5-AA runner-up, and has 56 goals for and 22 against, and is the #8-ranked team in Class 2A. The Wildcats are in the postseason for the fifth straight season, but have yet to get beyond the first round.

WHEN? Friday, April 26 / 6 PM

Union Co Panthers @ Lamar Co

Union County has its hands full with 5-AA champion Lamar (14-4), the #5-ranked team in the state. Lamar’s line – 48 goals for, 16 against. For Union (9-4), that line is 35-21 for the 4-seed from 8-AA.

Union hasn’t been in the playoffs since 2016, when it made the Sweet 16 for the third time in a four year span.

WHEN? Friday, April 26 / 7 PM


Towns Co Lady Indians vs Bowdon

Towns County (9-2-1) is back in the playoffs once again. The girls have been great, scoring 58 goals and allowing just 15 on the way to an area title. They host Bowdon (0-4), who has just 2 goals on record and 33 against. This should be easy.

The Lady Indians have made the playoffs in eight of the last nine seasons, and last year won their first-ever playoff game.

WHEN? Tuesday, April 23 / 5 PM

Towns Co Indians vs Morris Innov

The area champion Indians (6-6) have 23 timely goals scored, and have allowed 41 overall. Morris (1-5) won’t give in easy, but they have struggled on both sides, allowing 22 goals and scoring just 4. Towns is in the playoffs for the first time.

WHEN? Wednesday, April 24 / 5 PM

Commerce Tigers @ Trion

In its inaugural season, Commerce (5-9) stamped a playoff ticket. The team with 28 goals for and 49 against will travel to Trion (0-3).

WHEN? Tuesday, April 23 / 7 PM

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