Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Parkview's Emma Carlson (7) is congratulated by her teammates Katie Hickman (6) and Morgan Fleming (24) after Carlson scored her forth goal of the game against Brookwood during high school girls soccer action in Snellville Tuesday. Parkview defeated Brookwood 5-0.
SNELLVILLE -- Parkview has had its fair share of standout soccer players over the years.
Emma Carlson appears to be the next one to don the proud orange and white.
The freshman scored four goals in No. 3 Parkview's 5-0 win over rival No. 5 Brookwood on Tuesday.
"Man, oh, man. I never would have dreamed in a million years this would be the score," Parkview coach Judson Hamby said. "It's Brookwood-Parkview, it's always a close battle."
The win snapped a two-year losing streak to the Broncos (13-4, 7-1) and gave the Panthers (14-3, 8-0) the Region 8 championship for the second consecutive year and fifth in six years.
"Last year they beat us and we didn't feel like we competed," Hamby said. "So I challenged them with that."
The difference on Tuesday was Carlson. The freshman grew up going to Parkview soccer games and watching her older brother Lucas, a 2010 grad, play for Parkview.
"She is a gamer," Hamby said. "When we have big games, she doesn't play like a freshman."
Carlson's four goals gave her 16 on the season.
"I had to score, it's a big game," Carlson said.
Brookwood's five-game winning streak was snapped and the Broncos will be the No. 2 seed in the state playoffs.
"Parkview is a great team," Brookwood coach Jeff Becker said. "I wish them the best in the playoffs."
Carlson scored goals in the 16th and 19th minutes to put Parkview ahead 2-0.
"We put two away and the momentum just switched," Hamby said.
Carlson added her third goal on a penalty kick in the 48th and fellow freshman Katie Hickman scored at the 52nd minute for a 4-0 lead.
"Kristin Telford doesn't have any stats, but her work rate got them some shots," Hamby said.
Carlson scored her final goal in the 71st minute for the 5-0 win.
Parkview goalkeeper Mariah Garner and defenders Madison Ober, Sarah Nguyen, Allison Litchfield and Kristina Meyer recorded the team's ninth shutout of the year.
It has been three years since Parkview's girls soccer team last won a state championship. The Panthers have been knocked out of the playoffs in the first or second round the last two years. It could be a different story this season.
Parkview has won 11 of its last 12 games. The only loss has been to No. 1 ranked Harrison on penalty kicks less than two weeks ago.
"We are very young. We only have four seniors," Hamby said. "We have kids that have nothing to lose because of they are blind to what is going on. The group buys in and is playing for everybody."