Houston County, Warner Robins girls earn Elite Eight spots

Going where no other Houston County or Warner Robins girl’s soccer team has ever gone before. Space? No, but they certainly wouldn’t mind making it to the “final frontier” – aka the “state finals”.

Both squads left earth’s atmosphere Wednesday by qualifying for the first time for the Elite Eight. That might not be the first time in “school history” – according to what stats are available online it is – but it is definitely true of each team’s current roster. The Demonettes made it to the Sweet 16 last year with an upset win over South Effiningham (3-0), but then lost to Union Grove (painfully: 10-0). The two years prior to that they were eliminated in the first round and in 2015 didn’t make the playoffs.

The Lady Bears were eliminated in the first round in 2018 on down to 2016, also not making it into the playoffs in 2015.

Times have changed and so have the results.

Warner Robins – at AAAAA – beat South Effingham on the road, 3-1. They will now take on Riverwood, which beat Buford 2-1.

Houston County – at AAAAAA – edged out Richmond Hill, 2-1, and will play Harrison, a 5-0 winner over Apalachee.

The Demonettes (16-2-0) are the No. 2 seed out of Region 1. Riverwood (11-6-2) is the No. 3 out of Region 6, meaning Warner Robins will get to host for the second time. Their meeting is set for May 7 at 6 p.m.

The Lady Bears (14-1-1) and Harrison (15-3-1) are both No. 1 seeds, so it will be determined which will be host, also May 7.