Thursday, May 11, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
FAYETTEVILLE - The Collins Hill girls soccer team made the 65-mile trip to Fayetteville on Wednesday knowing it may not play its semifinal soccer game against Starr's Mill due to the rain.
Ten minutes prior to the scheduled start, athletic directors and coaches from both schools decided it would be in the best interest of both teams to postpone the game until today at 7 p.m.
"We knew we would be trying to get it in between fronts," Collins Hill coach Roger Warner said. "Mother Nature changed things on us."
Heavy rains pounded the field two hours prior to the game, making the field a mess.
"Both teams want the best playing surface," Warner said. "You want a good playing surface and you don't want the rain to take either team out of their game. It wouldn't be fair."
Possible lightning delays were another reason to postpone the match. Three lightning strikes hit in the area 30 minutes prior to the game. Had the game started at its scheduled time and lightning hit, the game would have to stop for 20 minutes to make sure lightning did not strike again.
Sixth-ranked Collins Hill is in the Class AAAAA semifinals for the first time in the school's 12-year history. The girls soccer team had never been past the second round of the playoffs. The Eagles (15-6) are riding a six-game winning streak and have won 15 of their last 17 games after starting the season 0-4. The Region 7-AAAAA champs defeated Shiloh, McEachern and East Coweta to reach the semis.
Starr's Mill, the No. 1 team in the state, is on a eight-game wining streak and an 11-game unbeaten streak. The Panthers have defeated Camden County, Colquitt County and Parkview during the playoffs and in the three games outscored their opponents 24-5. In the school's nine-year history, Starr's Mill has won three state championships, the last in 2002.