Friday, October 31, 2014

Playoff roundup: Victories, defeats, upsets and a look ahead


By Christopher Dunn

Tristan Ulversoy and the Starr’s Mill boys staged a second half rally, but it wasn’t enough to overcome an early deficit

With thirteen Fayette teams qualifying for the state playoffs, it can be a bit of a whirlwind of activity to keep up with. Inclement weather forced rescheduling and late playoff starts means that as of press time not all of round one has even wrapped up. Here's a look at what has happened so far, as well as what we know so far for round two.

The weekend was a mixed bag for our local soccer teams.
The Sandy Creek boys lost their opener on the road to Dalton 11-1.
The McIntosh girls went on the road and brought back a 1-0 overtime win over Greenbrier. Hot weather (92 at game time) didn't stop the Lady Chiefs from doing what they had to. After plenty of opportunities in regulation, McIntosh finally broke through in the first overtime period with an Amanda Bartholomew goal off a Rachel Green assist.
"We were pretty much in control the entire match, but we couldn't put the ball in the net," said McIntosh coach Marcia Clark.
The Starr's Mill boys soccer team, meanwhile, was caught off guard in a upset. The Panthers fell 4-2 at home in a shocking loss to the Warner Robins Demons.
The first half was a nightmare as the Demons racked up a 3-0 advantage, all thanks to Connor Shaw. Shaw's first goal came less than nine minutes into the match. Just before the midway mark of the half, he struck again. Shaw wrapped up his first half hat trick just two minutes later.
Less than twelve minutes into the game, the Panthers already faced a 3-0 deficit. They would make a valiant comeback effort in the second half, but come up short.

The second round of the soccer playoffs kicked off with two boys games on Tuesday night. McIntosh played host to Thomas County Central. Our Lady of Mercy, after a first round bye, hosted First Presbyterian.
The girls second round is slated for Wednesday with three games on the docket. Starr's Mill hosts Northside, Columbus at 5:30 p.m. Our Lady of Mercy hosts Brookstone at 5:30 p.m. McIntosh will be on the road at Glynn Academy.

Both local teams advance through the first round of the baseball playoffs. Whitewater will be at home again, hosting Hardaway. The doubleheader to start their best of three series will start Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Starr's Mill will hit the road to play Harris County for their series, also starting on Wednesday.

Lacrosse kicked off their state playoffs on Tuesday with three local teams in the running. The McIntosh girls hosted River Ridge on Tuesday while the boys played on the road at Allatoona. The Starr's Mill girls hosted Pope.


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