In the mental fog following a 1-0 loss at South Forsyth on March 22, Lambert girls soccer coach Scott Luthart knew one thing: Region 6-AAAAAA is a gauntlet.
By one measure, it can be said (for now) that Lambert, South and West Forsyth’s girls soccer teams play in the toughest region in Class AAAAAA with four teams who are ranked in the latest top 10 poll by EUROSPORTscoreboard.com released Sunday, led by South at No. 1 for the first time this season and followed by Lambert (No. 3), West (No. 5) and Johns Creek (No. 7).
Region 6’s four teams in the top 10 are more than Region 5 (Lassiter, Pope, Walton), Region 8 (Grayson, Parkview) and Region 4 (Harrison).
The poll is perplexing in one way: five teams have lost games to teams they are ranked above. South lost 2-1 to West on March 4; Lassiter lost 2-1 to West on March 31 when the Lady Trojans were ranked No. 1; Lambert lost 2-0 to Johns Creek on March 4; Harrison lost 2-1 to Pope; and Johns Creek lost 2-0 to Pope.
West might have the biggest gripe about its ranking, if the Lady Wolverines cared about such things. West has victories against three ranked teams is undefeated and in first place in Region 6 with games left against Centennial (April 12) and Lambert (April 15).
Whatever the outcome, the Lady Wolverines know they are in the state playoffs for the first time since 2010, along with their ranked counterparts. All that is left to determine are the playoff seeds. West (11-3-1, 7-0) has a half-game lead over Johns Creek (10-3, 7-1), a full-game lead over South (11-1, 6-1) and a two-game lead over Lambert (12-2, 5-2).
The gauntlet is not over yet.