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Girls soccer: Preview of second-round state playoff matchups
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West Forsyth senior Karson Rosenberger reacts after scoring a goal against South Forsyth on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. - photo by Brian Paglia
Forsyth Central at Parkview

When, where: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. in Lilburn

Records and seedings: Central is 15-3-1 and the No. 2 seed from Region 5; Parkview is 17-1-1 and the No. 1 seed from Region 7.

What to know: The Bulldogs can certainly put the rock in the net – that was clear from their four-goals-in-less-than-15-minutes outburst in the first round win over Collins Hill – but so can the Panthers, who have scored double-digit goals in four games this year, including their 11-1 first-round win over South Gwinnett. Parkview has also allowed just two goals in its last 12 games, so the Panthers are on some kind of roll. Central will have to be nearly flawless in this one.

What’s next: The winner faces either Camden County or Hillgrove in the state quarterfinals.

West Forsyth at Grayson

When, where: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. in Loganville

Records and seedings: West is 8-9-2 and the No. 3 seed from Region 5; Grayson is 13-5-0 and the No. 1 seed from Region 8.

What to know: Interaction between Forsyth County schools and Grayson is limited by geography, but this particular Rams program has an interesting history with the rest of the county. In 2015, Lambert lost 5-0 to Grayson in the girls state title game, and in 2017, the Rams knocked out South Forsyth in the state semis before falling to Lambert in the finals. Grayson’s playoff run was vacated due to an ineligible player, though, leaving South feeling robbed of a chance to face their county rival on the biggest stage possible. The Wolverines, 1-0 winners over Mill Creek in their playoff opener, will try to make sure that their encounter is a positive one.

What’s next: The winner faces either Campbell or Lassiter in the state quarterfinals.

Pinecrest Academy at Hebron Christian

When, where: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. in Dacula

Records and seedings: Pinecrest is 9-8-2 and No. 3 seed from Area 3; Hebron Christian is 6-7-2 and the No. 1 seed from Area 8.

What to know: The Paladins pulled off a 1-0 first-round upset against Holy Innocents, who had beaten Pinecrest 3-2 back in February, to get their eighth win in nine games. This matchup looks like another opportunity for an upset, but the seeds belie how close the teams are. Hebron’s record is a modest one, and their results against common opponents with Pinecrest aren’t overwhelming: They were 3-2 winners against Providence Christian, whom the Paladins beat 4-0, and lost 4-0 to Athens Academy, whom Pinecrest played close in a 1-0 defeat.

What’s next: The winner faces either Brookstone or Eagles Landing Christian in the state quarterfinals.