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High School soccer playoff capsules

BOYS PLAYOFF TEAMS

Class AAAAAA

Collins Hill Eagles

Coach: Michael Burrell

Record: 13-5

State ranking: No. 8

Seed: No. 1 from 7-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Wednesday vs. West Forsyth, 8 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Paul Ille, 23; MF Jordan Brust, 6; MF Eli Carrasco, 5

Assist leaders: Carrasco, 6

Other key players: GK Jackson Taylor; DEF Freddie Maier; DEF Jonathan Thomas; DEF Juan Restrepo; MF Juan Ruiz; MF Juan Romero

Breakdown: The Eagles have reached the past five state championship games, winning three state titles in that span, including last season. Burrell, in his first season with the program, lost a number of key players off last year's title team, but still returned experienced players like Taylor, a four-year starter at goalkeeper, and dynamic midfielders Carrasco and Brust. Ille, a GAC transfer, has been a huge offensive addition. West Forsyth (10-7) is unranked.

North Gwinnett Bulldogs

Coach: Mike Wentzler

Record: 9-6-2

State ranking: Unranked

Seed: No. 2 from 7-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Wednesday vs. South Forsyth, 7 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Brian Norton, 10

Assist leaders: F Kian Pourak, 8

Other key players: MF Nico Polanco; MF Christian Zapata; DEF Daniel Arndt; MF James Lee; F John Arndt

Breakdown: North hopes to bounce back in the playoffs after losing three of its last four games of the regular season. The Bulldogs, who lost their playoff opener last season, start postseason play this year against unranked South Forsyth (13-5). North is the only 7-AAAAAA team to beat defending state champion Collins Hill this season.

Duluth Wildcats

Coach: Gregg Tavani

Record: 10-4-1

State ranking: No. 9

Seed: No. 3 from 7-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Wednesday at Lambert, 7 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2007

Goal leaders: F Nikolai Iotov; MF Carlos Delarosa

Assist leaders: MF Jose Oliveros; MF Edgar Camarena; MF Marvin Gomez

Other key players: F Daye Jack; DEF Mitch McCurry; DEF Eddie Patricio; GK Ben Kucera; DEF Felipe Arroyo

Breakdown: A perennial playoff participant for years, Duluth returns this year for the first time since 2007. The Wildcats began the season 8-0-1, but didn't fare as well down the stretch. They face a stern first-round foe in fourth-ranked Lambert (14-3).

Meadowcreek Mustangs

Coach: Oscar Narvaez

Record: 11-4-2

State ranking: Unranked

Seed: No. 4 from 7-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Wednesday at Centennial, 7:30 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2010

Goal leaders: Christopher Morgan, 18; Darrel Walters, 7; Juan Amador, 4

Assist leaders: Walters, 8; Jairo Velasquez, 6; Manuel Almendarez, 4

Other key players: Peter Gutierrez; Angel Vega; Gerardo Gomez

Breakdown: The Mustangs begin the playoffs with a difficult first-round matchup against third-ranked Centennial (16-2), which has won 12 straight games and has gone 11 games in a row without allowing a goal. That will make it tough for Morgan and the Meadowcreek offense, while the defense must step up and keep the game low scoring. Gutierrez has been a key for the Mustangs at goalkeeper with more than 10 penalty kick stops this season.

Berkmar Patriots

Coach: Tracy Crouch

Record: 11-5-1

State ranking: No. 10

Seed: No. 1 from 8-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Wednesday vs. Etowah, 7 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2011

Goal leaders: F Gabriel Guerra, 11; F Kofi Twumasi, 9; F Juan Sierra, 7

Assist leaders: Guerra, 7; Sierra, 6; Twumasi, 5

Other key players: DEF Aaron Aguirre; DEF Mateo Gallardo; MF Alexis Montanez; MF Alex Ramos; MF Johnathan Dowis; DEF Mauro Soza; DEF Wilbert Ramirez; GK Juan Carlos Lopez

Breakdown: Berkmar won five of its last six matches to win the 8-AAAAAA title and lock up a return to the playoffs after a year absence. Over the last 13 matches, only Meadowcreek and Glynn Academy (two goals each) have scored more than a goal against the Patriots' stout defense. Up first in the playoffs is unranked Etowah (12-5).

Central Gwinnett Black Knights

Coach: Bryan Allen

Record: 13-4

State ranking: No. 6

Seed: No. 2 from 8-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Wednesday vs. Walton, 7 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Breakdown: After starting the season 13-1, the Black Knights hit a three-game skid that included region losses to South Gwinnett and Parkview. Those setbacks kept them from the 8-AAAAAA title, but they still get a home playoff game in the first round against unranked Walton (10-5-1).

South Gwinnett Comets

Coach: Chris Calvin

Record: 10-4-2

State ranking: Unranked

Seed: No. 3 from 8-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Wednesday at Lassiter, 7 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2004

Goal leaders: MF Sekou Thornell, 7; MF Malik Thornell, 4; MF Amar Salihic, 4

Assist leaders: Salihic, 4; F/MF John Pecos, 3; Sekou Thornell, 3

Other key players: GK Max Catamaglia; DEF Chris Keller; MF/F Carlos Cuenca

Breakdown: South's long playoff drought is over, but the first round is hardly a reward against the state's No. 1 team, Lassiter (16-0). The Comets need to stay close with its stellar defense, anchored by Catamaglia and senior center back Keller. Catamaglia stopped four penalty kicks vs. region opponents this season.

Brookwood Broncos

Coach: Danny Klinect

Record: 11-3-3

State ranking: No. 7

Seed: No. 4 from 8-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Wednesday at Roswell, 7:30 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Bryson Dorsey, 12; MF Brahan Gamarra, 9

Assist leaders: MF Brahan Gamarra, 10; F Mitch Hotop, 9

Other key players: MF Ebun Terry; MF Alfredo Rivera; DEF Alan Barikos; DEF Marijo Gojic; DEF Cameron Grassmyer

Breakdown: Brookwood will be the lower seed in the first-round matchup, but is the higher-ranked team over unranked Roswell. The Broncos, who lost to eventual state champion Collins Hill in last year's Final Four, have lost just once in their last 12 matches, but still needed a win over rival Parkview in the finale to make the playoffs. Roswell (13-5) owns an impressive 3-1 win over 8-AAAAAA champion Berkmar.

Class AAAA

Lanier Longhorns

Coach: John Schaefer

Record: 5-11-1

State ranking: Unranked

Seed: No. 3 from 8-AAAA

Playoff opener: Wednesday at Alexander, 6:30 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: First appearance

Goal leaders: F Semir Pita, 6; MF Eduardo Carlos Sosa, 5; F Daniel Larkin, 4

Other key players: DEF Cullen Moss; DEF Roman Flores; DEF Carter Kioski; MF David Torres

Breakdown: A tough schedule led to the Longhorns' ugly record (including an 0-6-1 start), but they have secured their first playoff berth with a steady defensive effort. That defense helped Lanier to five region victories and a 0-0 tie with a Class AAAAAA playoff team, South Gwinnett. The program's first playoff game is against another unranked team, Alexander (11-4).

Class AA

GAC Spartans

Coach: Thom Jacquet

Record: 13-1-2

State ranking: No. 1

Seed: No. 1 from 6-AA

Playoff opener: Friday vs. Armuchee

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: Davis Bryan, 14; Max Gomas, 13

Other key players: Andy Irwin; George Winfrey; Ryan Yates; Connor Pendery; Zion Gray; Jake Doiron

Breakdown: The perennially strong Spartans are out for another state title, taking a No. 1 Class AA rankings into the playoffs. However, they are coming off their only loss, 2-1 to Westminster in the regular-season finale. GAC's defense is stout, while Gomas and Bryan spark the offense.

Wesleyan Wolves

Coach: Billy Coxhead

Record: 6-9-2

State ranking: No. 8

Seed: No. 4 from 6-AA

Playoff opener: Friday at Calhoun, 7:30 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: MF Cort Coxhead, 16; MF Will Sharon, 4; MF Benji Johnson, 3

Assist leaders: Coxhead, 6; F Zac MacKenzie, 4

Other key players: GK Carter Flachbarth

Breakdown: The Wolves are considered much better than their record, a product of a tough schedule and a brutal region. That experience should help in another tough game next week vs. second-ranked Calhoun (15-2). Wesleyan must play well defensively as it struggles to produce goals at times.

Class A

Hebron Lions

Coach: Bob Gardner

Record: 13-2-1

State ranking: No. 3

Seed: No. 1 from 8-A

Playoff opener: First-round bye, get AIS-Darlington winner on May 8

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Cole Redman, 23; DEF Ben Ungerer, 9; F Johnny Hardin, 7

Assist leaders: MF Bailey Pinto, 12; F Braden Elmer, 8; DEF Ryan Thomas, 7

Other key players: DEF Bryan Jackson; MF Emory Russell; DEF Ben Austin; MF Andrew Hutto; MF Daniel Hunt, GK Noah Blalock

Breakdown: The Lions don't have to play a first-round match, but the second round likely will be a doozy against the No. 1 team in Class A, Atlanta International School (15-3). Hebron takes a 10-game winning streak into the playoffs, many of those victories by lopsided scores. The defense has allowed just two goals during those 10 games. Among the Lions' 13 victories are wins over Class AAAAAA schools Archer and Dacula.

Providence Storm

Coach: Todd Henry

Record: 8-8-1

State ranking: Unranked

Seed: No. 3 from 8-A

Playoff opener: Friday at Fellowship Christian

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Bokwon Lee, 9; MF Conner Jones, 5; F Nick Hoehne, 4

Assist leader: DEF Collin Moncrief, 5

Other key players: MF Tylor Marshall; MF Jake Freeman; MF Rob Clark; GK Alex Timm

Breakdown: A team with plenty of playoff history enters the postseason with the first time under a new nickname, with Storm replacing Stars. Providence made the state semifinals last year, but the playoffs get going with a tough matchup this season vs. seventh-ranked Fellowship (10-3). The two teams met on Feb. 12, with Fellowship taking a 2-0 win. Providence has played its best late this season, winning four of their last five.

GIRLS PLAYOFF TEAMS

Class AAAAAA

Mill Creek Hawks

Coach: Brent Leitsch

Record: 14-2-1

State ranking: No. 2

Seed: No. 1 from 7-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Tuesday vs. Alpharetta, 7:30 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Lauren Tanner, 33; MF Ellie Bowes, 5

Assist leaders: Bowes, 12; Tanner, 8

Other key players: GK Rachel Allred; DEF Caroline Fleming; DEF Victoria Schillinger; DEF Megan Gil; DEF Courtney Larsen; MF Lora Bruce

Breakdown: Mill Creek enters the playoffs with high hopes after making the quarterfinals last season. The Hawks have one of the state's top offensive threats in Tanner, a Georgia signee, and a defense anchored by Allred and Fleming that has a goals-against average of .823. Unranked Alpharetta (8-8) lost 1-0 to Mill Creek in the regular-season finale.

Collins Hill Eagles

Coach: Jeff Tinklepaugh

Record: 13-3-2

State ranking: No. 4

Seed: No. 2 from 7-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Wednesday vs. Johns Creek, 6 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: MF Paige Hoover, 15; F Jessica Dacey, 12; F Desiree Bowen, 11

Assist leaders: Hoover, 12; MF Kelsey Lawrence, 10; Dacey, 8

Other key players: DEF Amanda Bruemmer; DEF Kaitlyn Del Savio; MF Dena Cisic; MF Regan Wilhite

Breakdown: A deep playoff run last season by Collins Hill ended with a Final Four loss to eventual state champion Milton, so the goals are high again this season. The Eagles have remained among the state's top-ranked teams all season, reaching the No. 1 spot earlier in the season. Their playoff opener is with unranked Johns Creek (11-6).

Duluth Wildcats

Coach: Vince Hayes

Record: 9-6

State ranking: Unranked

Seed: No. 3 from Region 7-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Tuesday at South Forsyth, 5:30 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2003

Goal leaders: F Hannah Huizenga, 18; F Sarah Miller, 9; F Daniela Diaz, 6

Assist leaders: Huizenga, 12; Miller, 6

Other key players: MF Betsy Zuniga; DEF Becca Miller; DEF Lexie Luther; GK Tiffany Sornpao; DEF Annie Kaminski

Breakdown: After several seasons on the cusp on the playoffs, the Wildcats finally broke through this season in tough 7-AAAAAA. They open the postseason at 10th-ranked South Forsyth (13-5), which lost its last two matches. Huizenga, a GAC transfer, has really boosted the Duluth offense this season.

North Gwinnett Bulldogs

Coach: Corban Cofer

Record: 8-9

State ranking: Unranked

Seed: No. 4 from 7-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Tuesday at Lambert, 6:30 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Taylor Burns, 28; F Katie Strand, 10

Assist leaders: MF Caroline Gualdoni, 16; Strand, 7

Other key players: MF Amanda Delgado; F Raina Davis; MF Stephanie Lee; MF Jordan Goldring; DEF Meaghan Powell; DEF Caroline Shimkus; DEF Devin Gaskill; GK Jenifer Jacobs

Breakdown: North has a recent history of deep playoff runs, winning state in 2011 and reaching the quarterfinals last season. The Bulldogs' record is deceiving since six of their nine losses have come by a single goal. They get a big test in the first round from ninth-ranked Lambert (14-3).

Parkview Panthers

Coach: Judson Hamby

Record: 15-3

State ranking: No. 3

Seed: No. 1 from 8-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Tuesday vs. Etowah, 7 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: MF Emma Carlson, 15; F Katie Hickman, 10

Assist leaders: F Kristin Telford, 8; DEF Kristina Meyer, 7

Other key players: DEF Ali Litchfield; GK Mariah Garner

Breakdown: The Panthers have won 13 of 14 games -- the only setback was a narrow, 2-1 loss to top-ranked Harrison. Their final region game was an impressive one, beating rival Brookwood 5-0 with the region title on the line. Emma Carlson scored four Parkview goals in that win.

Brookwood Broncos

Coach: Jeff Becker

Record: 13-4

State ranking: No. 5

Seed: No. 2 from 8-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Tuesday vs. Milton, 8 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Kim Fincher, 22; F Jenny Allen, 21; MF Francesca Ellis, 6

Assist leaders: MF Julia Bassell, 10; Fincher, 7; F Shannon Maloney, 7

Other key players: DEF Sanon Williams; DEF Briel Power; MF Cassidy Barker; MF Fiorella Gamarra; GK Kristen Rivers

Breakdown: A five-game Brookwood winning streak, which included a huge win over Grayson, was stopped in the regular-season finale, a 5-0 setback to rival Parkview. The score was shockingly one-sided, so the Broncos must rebound after their second defensive letdown of the season (the other was a 4-3 loss to Peachtree Ridge). Their playoff opener is against defending state champion Milton, which has a completely revamped lineup from last season's title team.

Grayson Rams

Coach: Terry Klinect

Record: 15-2

State ranking: No. 6

Seed: No. 3 from 8-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Tuesday at Lassiter, 7 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Bobbi Ayres, 14; MF Brittney Bennett, 13; MF Ella Stevens, 11

Assist leaders: Stevens, 12; Bennett, 10

Other key players: F Alexa Webb; GK Cadye Picklesimer; DEF Savannah Selby; DEF Josie Ouellette

Breakdown: Grayson, with losses only to Parkview and Brookwood, is much better and more talented than most No. 3 seeds, which means one very good team will go home after the first round, when the Rams play at No. 7 Lassiter (12-3-1), which has lost just once in the last 14 games. Grayson is talented and very young -- the offense relies heavily on Ayres and Stevens (both freshmen) and Bennett (a sophomore) along with Webb, a senior captain.

Dacula Falcons

Coach: Jason Guzzardo

Record: 11-7

State ranking: Unranked

Seed: No. 4 from 8-AAAAAA

Playoff opener: Tuesday at Walton, 7:30 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Makayla Clack, 16; MF/F Katie McAdams, 12

Assist leader: MF Valeria Bermeo, 13

Other key players: DEF/MF Kristin Kelly; F Lauren Vick; F Jazmyne Lane; DEF Sabrina Seibel

Breakdown: The Falcons return to the playoffs after earning a spot from tough 8-AAAAAA, but just getting out of the first round will be tough with eighth-ranked Walton (12-3-2) up first. Dacula has plenty of offensive spark, with Clack, McAdams and Bermeo leading the way.

Class AAAA

Lanier Longhorns

Coach: Jack Hughes

Record: 12-5

State ranking: Unranked

Seed: No. 1 from 8-AAAA

Playoff opener: Tuesday vs. LaGrange, 6 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: First apperance

Goal leaders: F Tori Wyant, 22; F Andrea Araya, 16; MF Amy Groth, 7

Assist leaders: Groth, 8; MF Maddie Corley, 6; Araya, 6

Other key players: MF Adrianna Ramos; MF Bethany Blanton; MF Casey Wilkes; DEF Alyssa Santana; GK Emily Polanco; DEF Roxana Amieva; DEF Edith Perotti

Breakdown: The third-year program surged to its first-ever playoff appearance by winning 8-AAAA with a perfect record. Wyant and Araya are an impressive tandem at forward with their 38 combined goals. Lanier opens the playoffs with another unranked team, LaGrange (10-6).

Class AAA

Buford Wolves

Coach: Crystal Fowler

Record: 16-0

State ranking: No. 2

Seed: No. 1 from 7-AAA

Playoff opener: Thursday vs. Decatur, 5:30 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F/MF Ceely Coker, 23; F Elexa Bahr, 20

Assist leaders: MF Tara Dambach, 12; MF Ann Schmidt, 10

Other key players: F Brie Smith; DEF Jessie Vaverka; DEF Brooke Horist; MF Caitlyn Dawkins; F Melissa Sullivan; GK Lane Crawford

Breakdown: The unbeaten Wolves, a newcomer to AAA, rolled to the Region 7-AAA title after reaching the Final Four in AA last sesaon. An explosive offense is matched by a stout defense -- Crawford has allowed just four goals all season. The region crown didn't bring an easy first-round game, with eighth-ranked Decatur (7-6) on tap.

Class AA

GAC Spartans

Coach: Troy Bendickson

Record: 15-1

State ranking: No. 1

Seed: No. 1 from 6-AA

Playoff opener: Thursday vs. Model, 5:30 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Rachel Garcia, 39; MF Kayla Puzas, 10; MF Mollie Arrendale, 9; MF Taylor Wagnon, 8

Assist leaders: Garcia, 15; Wagnon, 14; Puzas, 11; Arrendale, 8

Other key players: DEF Brynn Finneran; DEF Kaitlin Mayer; DEF/F Danielle Marcano; DEF Heather Ferrari

Breakdown: The defending Class AA state champion Spartans take a 13-game winning streak into the playoffs, which begin with a mismatch vs. Model (11-6-1), whose losses this season include two lopsided games vs. Calhoun (10-0 and 9-1). It could be even tougher against GAC, a senior-laden team with its sights on another championship.

Wesleyan Wolves

Coach: Lacy Gilbert

Record: 4-12-1

State ranking: Unranked

Seed: No. 4 from 6-AA

Playoff opener: Friday at Calhoun, 5:30 p.m.

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: MF Maddie Hall; F Ellie Hall; F Christina Moraitis

Assist leaders: Maddie Hall; MF Taylor Panther; MF Beck Coxhead

Other key players: GK Vivian McCoy; DEF Grace Hodges; DEF Madison Jones; DEF Hope Morgan

Breakdown: No. 7 Calhoun (15-1) has dominated pretty much everyone this season, but its schedule hasn't been nearly as tough as the one played by Wesleyan, which is in the state's toughest region. The Wolves hope that experience leads to a first-round upset, but they will need to produce goals with an offense that has struggled much of the season.

Class A

Hebron Lions

Coach: Calin Pop

Record: 13-1-1

State ranking: No. 2

Seed: No. 1 from 8-A

Playoff opener: First-round bye, get Pace Academy-Walker winner on May 7

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Bianca Clark, 24; MF/F Sarah Boyd, 16; MF Alex Probst, 10; F McKenzie Towe, 10

Assist leader: MF Jordan Lowery, 11

Other key players: DEF Kendall Towe; MF Emma Garner; GK Lexi Kent

Breakdown: Hebron gets a bye through the first round, setting up a tough second-round match against the winner of No. 7 Pace Academy and Walker. The Lions have won 11 in a row, including a regular season-ending victory over Dacula, a Class AAAAAA playoff team. They also have victories over 8-AAAA champion Lanier, AA playoff team Wesleyan, AAAA playoff team LaGrange and AAAAA team Archer.

Providence Storm

Coach: Todd Henry

Record: 13-5

State ranking: No. 8

Seed: No. 2 from 8-A

Playoff opener: Thursday vs. Mt. Pisgah

Last state playoff appearance: 2012

Goal leaders: F Katharine Slayton, 14; MF Robyn Lowndes, 9

Assist leaders: Slayton, 12; Lowndes, 12

Other key players: GK Jessie Kowalewicz; MF Allie Petmecky; MF Brittany Tuttle; DEF Audrey Park; DEF Ashlee Thompson

Breakdown: The Storm have won five of their last six games, taking some momentum into the playoffs. After a first-round exit last season, Providence is hopeful of a better showing this season, beginning with a matchup against Mt. Pisgah, which beat the Storm 1-0 back on Feb. 20.