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Parkview boys back in Final Four

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

TIFTON — C.J. Ciarlante scored early in the second half and provided the Parkview boys soccer team enough offense Friday night in a 1-0 victory at Tift County in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

The game was moved up a day to accommodate for Parkview’s prom today and Ciarlante made sure the Panthers’ long drive home would be a good one. He blasted a shot from the right side that goalkeeper Jack Falle and the defense made stand up for a shutout.

The victory puts Parkview into the Final Four for the first time since 2005, its last state championship season. It also continues a run of upsets for the fourth-seeded Panthers, who now face the winner of today’s Walton-Camden County match next Wednesday.

“It’s tremendous to (get back to the semifinals),” Parkview boys coach Michael Tolmich said. “The support we’ve got right now is amazing. The elementary school next door has been writing us letters. We had the whole girls team down here to cheer us on. ... We finished the season as a four seed and nobody thought we’d do much in the playoffs.”