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Eagles go on road rout

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips<br> Collins Hill's Emmanuel Raji (11) is pushed to the ground as Dacula's Landon Kinsey jumps toward the ball on Wednesday.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Collins Hill's Emmanuel Raji (11) is pushed to the ground as Dacula's Landon Kinsey jumps toward the ball on Wednesday.

DACULA -- The blue 'D' at midfield didn't seem to bother Collins Hill on Wednesday night.

Despite having to play on the road because of a scheduling conflict, the Eagles cruised at Dacula 8-0 in the second round of the Class AAAAA boys soccer playoffs. Eli Carrasco scored two first-half goals, and the Eagles didn't look back after they scored two goals before the game was nine minutes old.

This was a rematch of an early-season, 3-2 win for Collins Hill. But Dacula coach Michael Burrell said the Eagles are "10 times the team they were then."

"They know exactly where to play the ball, where they're supposed to be," Burrell said. "And technically, overall, individual skill, by far, unbelievable."

Collins Hill, the two-time defending state champion which has won 12 games in a row, will play at Harrison in Saturday's quarterfinals.

The game was moved to Dacula because Tuesday's Collins Hill girls' game was postponed to Wednesday. At halftime, the Eagles (18-1) had outshot the Falcons 15-3, and had a 5-0 edge in corner kicks.

The Eagles did it without starting midfielder Nomis Cisic, who was out with a sickness.

"We moved the ball really, really well," Eagles coach Drew Prentice said. "We've been moving the ball well the last month like that. Our possession was really good, and our patience to get forward was better than it's ever been."

Because of that, Collins Hill didn't need another advantage, but got one when Dacula's Landon Kinsey was sent off with a red card with 27 minutes to play.

The Falcons (13-6-1) missed star Ado Junuzovic for a second straight game while he served a red card suspension. Burrell said he wasn't sure of the impact Junuzovic's absence had on the game because the Falcons beat Centennial 2-0 last week without him.

"We just came up against the best team I've ever seen play," Burrell said. "They're superior to a lot of programs out there."

Prentice said the key to the team's winning streak has been the insertion of younger players to fill in when there's an absence like Cisic's.

"If we keep playing at this level consistently, we're going to be tough to beat," Prentice said. "At least keep ourselves in matches as the playoffs move along."


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