Local soccer teams continue play this week in the Sweet 16 (2nd round) of the GHSA playoffs. Four Houston County schools are represented, with Veterans’ girls and boys set to host on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Perry’s boys and Warner Robins’ girls both face road tests.
The Lady Warhawks kick off the week of playoff soccer tonight at Freedom Field. The Veterans’ Ladies are set to host Starr’s Mill (11-3-5) (3AAAAA) with action beginning at 6 p.m. Veterans defeated Wayne County 7-0 in the opening round. Starr’s Mill is one of the state’s perennial powerhouse soccer programs with multiple state championships to their credit. The local girls will be trying for at least the third-straight year to get past that infamous second round. Last year they beat Rome 9-1 to open, but then fell to Buford 3-1 following. The year previous it was an 8-0 win over Thomson to start, but then a 2-0 loss to St. Pius X that brought their season to an end.
The boys of Veterans face no less of a test at home on Wednesday when another state power, McIntosh, (23-5, 7-1) (Region 3-AAAAA), comes to town. The Chiefs – a longtime nemesis of Houston County- have won the state championship three of the last five years – that included undefeated seasons in 2013-2014. Game time is 6 p.m.
The Warhawks won their opener over Wayne County, 3-0. They will also be trying to break through the second round. Last year they beat Fayette County 4-0 in the opening round, but then fell to Rome, 2-1, following. The year before they beat Liberty County 6-0 but fell to Grady following, 3-1.
Perry will be on the road to face one seeded Druid Hills (10-8-1, 6-0) (Region 4-AAAA) with the match scheduled to begin Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Atlanta. The Panthers defeated Hardaway 3-0 in the opening round. The Warner Robins girls are on the road in McDonough to play Union Grove (16-4) (9-0) starting at 7:30 p.m. The Demonettes, a No. 3 seed, upset No. 2 South Effingham 3-0 to advance.