Soccer: Marquee matchups in AAAA boys round 2

Saturday, May 1, 2010
By Robert Naddra

Six of the top seven boys soccer teams in Class AAAA face each other May 4 in the second round of the state tournament.

No. 2 Starr’s Mill (15-3-1), the Region 5 runner-up, ┬áplays at No. 5 Dalton (14-2-1), the Region 7 champion. Dalton has won five in a row, including beating No. 7 Hillgrove for the Region 7 championship.

Hillgrove (15-2-2) travels to Peachtree City to face No. 1 McIntosh (18-1). It will be the third straight ranked opponent for the Hawks, who beat No. 8 North Springs 1-0 last week in the first round of the state tournament.

The other ranked showdown in AAAA features No. 6 Habersham Central (15-3) at No. 4 Marist (13-4-2). The two teams met three weeks ago with Marist taking a 2-0 victory. It wa Habersham’s only loss to a Georgia team since a loss to Starr’s Mill in the second game of the season. Ironically, Marist’s last loss was to Starr’s Mill on April 13.

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