Staff Photo: John Bohn Collins Hill's Emily Fancher (19) defends John's Creek's Haley Jackson (2) during the second half of a Class AAAAAA first-round girls soccer game played on Wednesday.
The story repeats itself every spring.
Gwinnett County girls soccer teams abound in the state's Class AAAAAA rankings, but many of them don't survive the second (or sometimes first) round, when local teams cross paths in the bracket and eliminate each other.
Tuesday is the night it will happen again.
The most noteworthy match pits third-ranked Parkview (16-3) against fourth-ranked Collins Hill (14-3-2) in Lilburn. It's a rematch of a game the Panthers won 4-2 back on March 5.
"We have some thoughts of what we might be able to try tactically to even the matchup," Collins Hill girls coach Jeff Tinklepaugh said. "I think it will be a different game on the field. I think we have an opportunity to redeem ourselves and show what we're capable of doing."
The Eagles, who have lost to the eventual state champion (Harrison in 2011 and Milton in 2012) in the past two state tournaments, also had a pair of starters missing for the first Parkview game.
"I just think the first time it was a rough game (with Parkview)," Collins Hill defender Amanda Bruemmer said. "We weren't really prepared for that. Now we know what to expect, what players to keep an eye on. We'll be OK. It will definitely be a good game."
Up the road in Hoschton will be another AAAAAA knockout round game with second-ranked Mill Creek (14-2-1) hosting No. 9 Brookwood (14-4). The Collins Hill-Parkview and Brookwood-Mill Creek matches feature the top two teams from both Region 7-AAAAAA and 8-AAAAAA, two of the state's toughest regions.
The only other Gwinnett girls team alive in AAAAAA is North Gwinnett, which plays at No. 8 Lassiter (13-3-1) on Tuesday. The Bulldogs (9-9) upset Region 6-AAAAAA champion Lambert in the first round.
In AAAA, the ninth-ranked Lanier girls (13-5) host River Ridge (12-6) Tuesday, a week after winning the first playoff game in school history. In AAA, Buford (17-0) also has a girls match Tuesday at home vs. eighth-ranked Oconee County (11-7-1).
Defending AA state girls champion Greater Atlanta Christian (16-1) hosts Union County on Tuesday, while eighth-ranked Wesleyan plays a second-round match at Jefferson.
Gwinnett's two girls programs in the Class A bracket are part of a pair of games featuring ranked teams. No. 7 Pace (10-6) plays at No. 2 Hebron (13-1-1) on Tuesday and No. 9 Providence (14-5) is on the road at No. 4 Paideia (12-3-1).
The boys soccer playoffs continue Wednesday with more Gwinnett vs. Gwinnett matchups in AAAAAA. North Gwinnett (10-6-2) plays at No. 9 Berkmar (12-5-1) and No. 8 Central Gwinnett (14-4) travels to No. 7 Collins Hill (14-5) for boys matches, while the Wednesday boys schedule in AAAAAA also includes No. 6 Brookwood (12-3-3) at No. 2 Centennial (17-2) and South Gwinnett (11-4-1) at fourth-ranked Lambert (15-3).
In the smaller classifications for boys soccer, the Wednesday games are Armuchee (9-9-1) at No. 2 GAC (14-1-2) and No. 3 AIS (16-3) at No. 2 Hebron (13-2-1).
Tuesday's second-round matchups in the high school girls soccer playoffs:
North Gwinnett at Lassiter
Collins Hill at Parkview
Brookwood at Mill Creek
River Ridge at Lanier
Oconee County at Buford
Union County at GAC
Wesleyan at Jefferson
Pace Academy at Hebron
Providence at Paideia