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Jonesboro girls prepare for St. Pius in state playoffs

By Doug Gorman

The Southern Crescent will be well represented this week when the second round of Georgia High School Association begins in both boys and girls action.

Starting tonight, the Jonesboro Lady Cardinals will be at home against St. Pius, while Eagle's Landing takes to the road for a game against perennial soccer power McIntosh.

Both games begin at 6 p.m.

McIntosh comes into the game with a 20-0-1 record and a No.1 state ranking. Eagle's Landing is 14-1-1 and ranked No.-9.

Both McIntosh and Eagle's Landing enter Tuesday's game fresh off shutouts in their first-round games.

McIntosh showed why they are the top-ranked team in the state, beating Effingham County 15-0.

Eagle's Landing also had its way with Thomas County Central in the first-round, posting a

In its first-round game, Jonesboro had to work a little harder to come up with the win, but managed to beat Lakeview Ft Oglethorpe 2-1.

The Lady Cardinals scored the first two goals of the game, then had to hold off the Lady Warriors' second-half rally.

Three boys teams are still alive in the state soccer playoffs.

Jonesboro plays host to Etowah, Morrow plays host to Lowndes and Eagle's Landing hits the road for a game against Evans.

The Cardinals set up their second round game with a 3-1 victory against Woodland, in a game that was extremely physical at both end of the field.

With Woodland trying to stage a rally, Jonesboro's Kevin Saxby gave the Cardinals some breathing room with a late-second-half goal.

Patrick Saxby and Santiago Figueroa also scored.

It its first-round win, Morrow beat county rival Lovejoy 2-0. The victory sets up a match at Twelve Oaks Stadium Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Lowndes rolled to a 9-0 win against Jenkins in its the first round.

Morrow's victory against Lovejoy was just the second time in school history the Mustangs posted a first-round win in the state soccer tournament.