Chamblee, Dunwoody advance to Sweet 16

Dunwoody High School Lady Wildcats defeated Forsyth Central High School 3-1 to advance to the class 7A girls’ soccer state playoffs Sweet 16, and Chamblee High School Lady Bulldogs advanced to the Class 5A girls’ state playoffs Sweet 16 after beating Jackson County High School in a penalty kick-overtime thriller at North DeKalb Stadium April 20.

This season marks Dunwoody’s third consecutive season to reach the second round of the state playoffs. 

Sarah Holland got the Lady Wildcats (14-5-0) off to a quick 1-0 lead as she took a feed out front from Camryn Lampron and scored with under four minutes played in the game.  

Dunwoody broke through again with Lampron taking a feed from Kate Barrett with 18:38 left in the half to extend Dunwoody’s lead to 2-0. 

Forsyth Central (9-7-1) came within inches of cutting the lead in half, as a shot with 1:01 left went just over the crossbar. 

The Bulldogs came out aggressive in the second half and put the pressure on Dunwoody goalie Ella Holland, getting three good shots on goal in a three-minute span. Holland had one save (33:44) and another shot went just high (31:22), before Becca Wade found the net via a long blast from the right side to pull Forsyth Central within one goal with 30:33 left to play. 

Both teams missed scoring opportunities over the next 20 minutes—three by Forsyth Central and two by Dunwoody—as the two goalies continued their tough play. 

Dunwoody all but sealed the game with 10:41 to play when a shot was deflected to the right side of the goalie, allowing Ella Ryan to tap the ball into the open net for a 3-1 advantage. 

Forsyth Central missed a shot just wide left with 6:38 to play and then had a goal disallowed for offsides with only 4:35 to play. 

Dunwoody—which just moved into the Class 7A Top 10 at No. 10—will host the winner of No. 8 Alpharetta High School and Collins Hill High School. The second round is set for April 26.

In Chamblee’s matchup with Jackson County, Maci Yeager had a penalty kick found the right corner of the goal to propel the Chamblee Lady Bulldogs into the Class 5A girls’ state playoffs Sweet 16.

Yeager faced Jackson County goalkeeper Avery Wartell—who had 13 saves in the game—found the net for the game winner. 

Chamblee (10-5-0) made good on all of its penalty kicks as Kara Croone, Molly Silverman, Meagan Woo and Reagan Kuehne joined Yeager with makes.

The two teams played the first 67 minutes and 11 seconds without a goal, and the two goalies and defenses kept making plays including nine saves by Chamblee’s Alexis Harris

Jackson County’s Delaney Weatherly broke the tie with 12:49 to play when she picked up a deflection off a corner kick to score the go-ahead goal. 

Chamblee came back with 7:11 to play using a corner kick by Sarah Washburn to knot the game at 1-1. Washburn’s kick was hit to within a few yards in front of the goal, and Reagan Drummond finished the job to tie the game. 

The two teams played scoreless in the 20 minutes of overtime, and both goalies turned away shots. 

Both teams hit their first three penalty kicks, but a shot high on Jackson County’s fourth attempt opened the door for Chamblee. 

Chamblee will go on the road to face No. 1 ranked Blessed Trinity (17-1-1)—a 10-0 winner over North Springs High School—with a tentative play date of April 26. 

There are three DeKalb high school boys’ teams in action on April 21. Dunwoody (9-7-2) at Forsyth Central (12-4-0) at 7 p.m.; Cross Keys (10-4-0) at Clarke Central (11-4-1) at a time to be determined; and Cedar Grove (8-3-0) at Oconee County (11-2-2) at 7 p.m.

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