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Central Gwinnett falls in first round

ALPHARETTA - A free kick from the top of the penalty box was enough to knock out Central Gwinnett as the Black Knights lost in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs to Milton 2-1 on Wednesday.

"We have quality players," Central head coach Allan Forbes said. "We just didn't have enough quantity. We just got hurt."

The Black Knights (4-9) had a chance to go up in the first minute, but Taiwo Adeshigbin ripped a shot off the cross bar. The Eagles took the lead on a goal in the 30th minute and stayed in front at the end of the first half. Central got on the board in the 50th minute when Chika Ibiaf took two players wide and ripped a goal inside the far post. Things stayed tied after keeper Yustin Nambo stopped a penalty kick with 25 minutes left, only to see Milton score the game-winner five minutes later.

"We backed off a little in the first half but then attacked much better in the second," Forbes said. "We just couldn't find the back of the net."

Kennesaw Mountain 3, Collins Hill 2

KENNESAW - Collins Hill's girls soccer team saw its season end on Wednesday night with a 3-2 loss to No. 2 Kennesaw Mountain in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

The 10th-ranked Eagles finish with a 12-6 record. They entered the night on a six-game winning streak.