Soccer notes: Eagles, Wolves vying for titles

Collins Hill's boys soccer team has a new coach, but still the same goal.

The Eagles are back in the Class AAAAA Final Four for a third straight season after finishing as the 2008 runner-up and winning the 2009 title. They are one of just two remaining Gwinnett boys teams in the playoffs, along with Wesleyan in AA/A.

Second-ranked Collins Hill (18-2) travels to No. 6 Milton (16-4) for tonight's semifinals, facing the team that eliminated Region 8-AAAAA champion Dacula last week. The Eagles' have relied on a stout veteran defense to give up just 19 goals on the season, including one goal or less in their last six matches.

Fourth-ranked Wesleyan (12-3-1) is on a nice roll in AA/A, taking advantage of a regular season-ending win over rival Greater Atlanta Christian to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Wolves play tonight against unranked Calhoun (16-2), which has won 10 straight matches.

Broncos named

Crawford full-time coach

Brookwood lifted the interim title from Sarah Crawford on Monday, naming her as the permanent head girls soccer coach at her alma mater. Crawford, a goalkeeper for the Broncos in the late 1990s, replaced her high school coach, Anita McLane, last fall. McLane retired and Brookwood promoted her top assistant for the 2010 season, but kept it on an interim basis initially.

Brookwood was 15-3 and finished as Region 8-AAAAA runner-up in Crawford's first season.

"We knew going in that Coach Crawford was a good coach," Brookwood athletic director Mark Kimbro said. "We knew that she had done a great job as an assistant to Coach Anita McLane, based on that she was going to be considered. But, because of the timing of Anita's retirement we wanted to finish this year before naming a permanent replacement. We thought things went well so we have named Coach Crawford the head coach for what we hope will be a long and successful career as a head coach."