SHARPSBURG -- Taylor Burns scored three goals in the first half and North Gwinnett cruised to a 5-0 win over East Coweta in the second round of the Class AAAAA girls soccer state playoffs Wednesday.
Burns scored in the game's first five minutes and then added a pair of goals with 10 minutes left in the half. Caroline Gualdoni scored to make it 4-0 at the half. Raina Davis added the fifth goal early in the second half. Goalkeeper Austin McCausland got her fifth shutout of the season thanks to the defense of seniors Jessica Eberhart, Paige Scarbrough, Kenzie Loula and sophomore Caroline Shimkus.
North (14-6) will play the winner of the Milton-Hillgrove game on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Collins Hill 2, Lowndes 0
VALDOSTA -- A packed-in Lowndes defense kept Collins Hill scoreless for most of Wednesday night, but Desiree Bowen broke through in the 73rd minute off a Paige Hoover assist for the game's first goal and the Eagles tacked on another late in a 1-0 victory in the Class AAAAA girls soccer second round.
Mariah Dickey scored off a Kelsey Lawrence assist for Collins Hill's second goal. The Eagles (12-8), who play at Lassiter in Saturday's quarterfinals, had a 17-1 edge in shots on goal.
Goalkeeper Halla Jibreen earned the shutout, but was rarely tested as Collins Hill dominated possession and kept the ball on the Lowndes' half of the field. Kaitlyn Del Salvio, Laura Gillespie, Amanda Bruemmer and Lindsey Lawrence led the Eagles' defense.
Mill Creek 3, Newnan 0
NEWNAN -- Lauren Tanner scored two goals to lead Mill Creek to a 3-0, second-round win over Newnan on Wednesday in the Class AAAAA playoffs.
Megan Gil scored the game's first goal on an assist from Cortney Emmert. Tanner followed with an unassisted goal and another on an assist from Nicole Ruggieri. Goalkeeper Rachel Allred got the shutout with five saves.
Mill Creek (14-4-1) will play at Harrison in Saturday's quarterfinal match.
Brookwood 5, Tift County 0
TIFTON -- Francessca Ellis scored three goals as Brookwood's girls soccer team defeated host Tift County 5-0 Wednesday in the second round of the Class AAAAA playoffs.
Sanon Williams and Sophie Pledger had a goal each for the Broncos (12-6), who play the Northview-North Cobb winner in Saturday's quarterfinals. Michelle Allen, Erica Brown and Shannon Maloney contributed an assist each for the victors.
Buford 7, Dublin 0
DUBLIN -- Lindsey White scored a hat trick to lead Buford past Dublin 7-0 in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs on Wednesday.
Ann Schmidt, Jessi Vaverka, Caitlyn Watkins and Tara Dambach added goals. Caitlin Hollis got the shutout in goal. Buford (15-5) will host Jackson County in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Newnan 8, North Gwinnett 4
NEWNAN -- North Gwinnett's girls lacrosse season ended with an 8-4 loss at Newnan on Wednesday in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
Harrison 17, Grayson 7
KENNESAW -- Grayson was eliminated from the Class AAAAA girls lacrosse playoffs Wednesday night with a 17-7 loss at Harrison in the first round.