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Dutchtown defender James Serpa is a co-captain this year. "We want to show that just because we're not the biggest school in the world, doesn't mean we can't play good soccer," he said.
Dutchtown got two goals from Judah Goodridge and the Bulldogs won 3-1 at home Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the Region 3-AAAA playoffs.
The Bulldogs (8-3-0) will play at No. 2-ranked Starr’s Mill, who was a 6-0 winner over Woodland, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in a rematch of last season’s region championship game. Dutchtown lost
Dutchtown also got a goal from Carl Adjaho. The only goal allowed by Bulldogs keeper Cody Poole was on a penalty kick.
Forest Park 1, Lovejoy 0
Mauro Ayala scored in the final minute to give the Panthers a compelling Region 4-AAAA victory on the road.
Ayala scored off an assist from Juan Garcia.
Forest Park (13-2-0, 8-0-0) got revenge for their only region loss last season. The Panthers lost, 2-1, to Lovejoy (5-7-0, 5-3-0) last season to finish runner-up in the region.
Forest Park has already clinched the region championship this season, but still needed some theatrics to defeat Lovejoy.
“Everybody was doing all they could to maintain their composure,” Forest Park coach Jonathan White said. “But all it took was one kid. Juan Garcia stepped up and did what he had to do.”
Whitewater 0 (4-2), Union Grove 0
Union Grove couldn’t muster enough offense and fell to visiting Whitewater in the first round of the Region 3-AAAA playoffs.
After a scoreless game in regulation and overtime, Union Grove lost on penalty kicks, 4-2, getting goals from Jesus Brito and Grant DePertius.
“I thought we were the better team. We just couldn’t score any goals,” Union Grove coach Mark Matthews said. “Our keeper (Kenny Hearn) had only two saves, so they challenged us only a couple of times. We just couldn’t put it in the back of the net.”
Union Grove ends its season 7-4-2.
Starr’s Mill 6, Woodland 0
The Wolfpack couldn’t overcome the No. 2-ranked team in Class AAAA and saw their season end in the first round of the Region 3-AAAA playoffs.
Woodland ends its season 11-5-0.
Jackson 3, Locust Grove 0
The Wildcats had just five hits in a crucial Region 4-AAA loss that sets up a critical two-game stretch.
Locust Grove (9-10, 7-7) starter Dalton Kuhn was the hard-luck loser, pitching six strong innings and allowing three runs, all unearned. The Wildcats struck out 12 times.
Locust Grove must win today against Eagle’s Landing at 6 p.m. in a rescheduled game to force a winner-take-all meeting with Stockbridge on Thursday for the fourth and final playoff spot in the region.
Spalding 13, Stockbridge 1
The Tigers missed a chance to secure their first state playoff appearance since 1998 with a loss at home in a Region 4-AAA game.
The Tigers (12-12, 9-6) were led offensively by Julius Duncan and Nate Greene, who both finished 2 for 4.
Stockbridge will play Locust Grove on Thursday needing to win to clinch the fourth and final playoff spot in the region.