Luella at Collins Hill
When, where: Tuesday, Noon, at Fahring Field.
Records, seedings: Luella is 11-6-0 and the No. 3 seed from Region 2-AAAAA; Collins Hill is 14-4-0 and the No. 1 seed from Region 7.
On Luella: The Lions aren’t afraid of playing on the road. They’ve now won a first round state playoff game on the road two of the past three seasons after a 1-0 victory at Coffee. Freshmen forwards Christian Duncan and Trey Fench are the team’s leading scorers, but it was senior Tre Wilson who came through with the game-deciding goal against Coffee. Goalkeeper Jacob Lunn has signed with Reinhardt College.
On Collins Hill: Few teams can rival the Eagles in postseason experience. Ranked No. 4 in Class AAAAA, Collins Hill has played in the last four AAAAA championship matches, winning it all in 2009 and 2010. The Eagles are led by forward Emmanuel Raji, midfielders Eli Carrasco, Nomis Cisic and Amiri Abraham, and three-year starter Jackson Taylor at goalkeeper.
What’s next: Winner faces the Camden County-Wheeler winner on May 11.
Marist at Forest Park
When, where: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., at Twelve Oaks Stadium.
Records, seedings: Marist is 13-6-0 and the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AAAA; Forest Park is 15-2-0 and the No. 1 seed from Region 4.
On Marist: Ranked No. 9 in Class AAAA, the War Eagles are just three seasons removed from their last state title in 2009. They also won it in 2006.
On Forest Park: The Panthers kept their winning streak alive, extending it to 14 matches with a 4-2 win against Whitewater in the first round. Forest Park loves playing on the artifical turf at Twelve Oaks Stadium, where it put together one of its best performances this season, a 10-0 win over Woodland. The turf makes junior forwards Mauro Ayala, Omar Cruz and Vicente Zenteno even tougher to defend.
What’s next: Winner faces the South Forsyth-Glynn Academy winner May 11.
Dutchtown at Tucker
When, where: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., at Hallford Stadium.
Records, seedings: Dutchtown is 10-4-0 and the No. 3 seed from Region 3-AAAA; Tucker is 14-4-1 and the No. 1 seed from Region 6.
On Dutchtown: The Bulldogs find themselves on the door-step of the quarterfinals once again. Many of Dutchtown’s seniors (F Judah Goodridge, MF Carl Adjaho, D James Serpa, etc.) made the quarterfinals in 2009 and 2010 and are eager to take the next step. But it was a new senior — transfer Alhagie Taal — who came through in the first round with two goals in a 5-3 win at Tri-Cities.
On Tucker: The fifth-ranked Tigers are already feeling good after Tuesday’s 5-1 win over South Paulding. That snapped a streak of four straight losses in the first round. Senior forward Solomon Roberts (16 goals) leads the Tigers’ attack, while goalkeeper Steven Duffy (1.14 GA) directs the defense.
What’s next: Winner faces the Greenbrier-Chattahoochee winner May 11.
Drew at St. Pius
When, where: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., at George B. Maloof Stadium.
Records, seedings: Drew is 11-4-1 and the No. 4 seed from Region 4-AAA; St. Pius is 15-2-1 and the No. 2 seed from Region 5.
On Drew: The Titans got a huge dose of confidence after a 3-2 victory at No. 1 seed Grovetown in the first round. It was the program’s first state playoff victory in school history and a nice redeeming performance of last year, when Drew lost in the first round as a No. 1 seed. The Titans are led by their senior trio of forward Shem Ogunbunmi (16 goals) and defenders Ubaldo Gutierrez and Tunde Adedoyin.
On St. Pius: It can’t get much tougher for Drew than St. Pius. The Golden Lions are the defending state champs. In addition, they were declared national champions by ESPN. This year’s team in no slouch either. St. Pius is led by two Division I signees in Drew Morgan (Rutgers) and Devin Hurley (Birmingham Southern). They’re hoping to make it three state championships in the past four years.
What’s next: Winner faces the Southeast Whitfield-Cairo winner May 11.