Parkview’s Katie Hickman (6) battles for control of the ball with Collins Hill’s Payton Newlon (12) during Tuesday’s game at Collins Hill High School. (Photo: Craig Cappy)
SUWANEE — Emma Carlson made a name for herself as a freshman last season, scoring 27 goals. That was the third-most in Gwinnett County.
After four games this season, Carlson has shown no signs of a sophomore slump.
The Duke commitment scored a goal and had an assist in No. 1 ranked Parkview’s 2-0 win over No. 6 Collins Hill on Tuesday.
“She just loves playing and is very competitive always. No matter where we are at and what we’re doing she always seems to find the ball,” Parkview coach Judson Hamby said. “I think for her, the big thing now is everyone knows about her. She understands and is figuring out she’s getting hit a lot more.”
Carlson has four goals this year and she’s done her damage against some of the top teams in the state. Parkview, the defending Class AAAAAA state champion, has defeated four teams ranked in the top 10 this year.
The Panthers (4-0) also have wins over No. 8 Peachtree Ridge, No. 9 Lambert and Class AA’s No. 1 ranked Greater Atlanta Christian.
“We always schedule difficult games just to help us. We have to be prepared,” Hudson said. “I think the games we’ve played have been big games. The thing I’m most happy with is we have not given up goals like we did early last year.”
Parkview goalkeepers Mariah Garner and Megan Wiley and the Parkview defense have not allowed a goal this season. With the help of defenders Madison Ober, Chloe Whittaker, Kiara Campbell and Sarah Nguyen, the Panthers got their fourth shutout.
“We knew it was a uphill battle,” Collins Hill coach Jeff Tinklepaugh said. “I felt like if we could get one, that may show a chink in their armor and we could get another. But we needed to get that first one and they locked us out.”
Carlson missed her first two shots of the game before scoring her 28th career high school goal. Kristin Telford delivered a cross in front of the goal and Carlson knocked it in with a header for the 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.
Grace Nguyen made it 2-0 game with her goal in the 33rd minute on an assist from Carlson.
“They kept putting the pressure on us. They can pick players out. They are technically very sound,” Tinklepaugh said.
Tuesday’s game was the second loss for Collins Hill this year, which also fell to last year’s Class AAA semifinalist Buford.
The Eagles (3-2-1) didn’t help themselves against Parkview with four starters out, including two on defense.
Collins Hill hopes to have those starters back for Friday in the Region 7-AAAAAA opener at Mill Creek.
“It doesn’t help, but you still have to play the game,” Tinklepaugh said. “We start region play Friday night, so that has to be our primary focus. But that’s not an excuse, they are a better team.”
Collins Hill boys 2, Parkview 0
Collins Hill’s Zach Jones had a goal and an assist in No. 7 ranked Collins Hill’s 2-0 win over Parkview on Tuesday.
Collins Hill (4-2) freshman Michael Ille scored in the 52nd minute on an assist from Jones. Jones then put the game away in the 72nd minute with a goal.
Collins Hill’s Paul Ille, last year’s Region 7-AAAAAA player of the year, received a red card in the 38th minute.