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Collins Hill soccer back in Final Four

WARNER ROBINS -- Collins Hill's offense had trouble finding the net Friday night against a stubborn Houston County defense, but the Eagles did just enough to win 2-0 in the Class AAAAA boys soccer quarterfinals.

The defending state champions, winners of 10 of their past 11 games under new head coach Drew Prentice, will play the Milton-Chapel Hill winner Tuesday in the semifinals. They will either host Milton or play at Chapel Hill.

No. 2 Collins Hill (18-2) was locked in a scoreless tie until Michigan-bound striker Malcolm Miller scored on a penalty kick midway through the second half. Unranked Houston County (15-5) was still dangerously close until Peter Kurowski provided some insurance in the 70th minute.

Kurowski juked a pair of defenders, cutting back and forth three times before placing a hard kick into the right corner of his goal, just out of the reach of Houston County goalkeeper Connor Terry. Kurowski caused problems for the Bears all night long, eventually breaking through with a goal.

Terry was forced to make 16 saves, many of the acrobatic variety to keep his team from falling way behind. Collins Hill attempted a total of 36 shots as it peppered the Houston County net.

"He had a couple of saves that were unbelievable," Houston County boys coach Heath Burch said. "Without him playing one of his best games, things could have been a lot worse."

The Eagles' defense was even stingier, limiting the hosts to five shots on goal, all saved by goalkeeper Greg Kyle.

Collins Hill has reached the past two state championship games, finishing as state runner-up in 2008 and winning its first state championship last season. Houston County has been a regular in the state quarterfinals, but has never advanced beyond that round.