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Soccer: Previews of boys second-round state playoff matchups
Forsyth Central's Kieran Evans celebrates after scoring a penalty kick goal during the Bulldogs' game against Lambert on March 14, 2019 at Lambert High School. - photo by Ian Frazer
Forsyth Central at Lakeside-DeKalb

When, where: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at Lakeside-DeKalb

What to know: The Bulldogs started their playoff run with a close 2-1 win over Archer last week. Lakeside-DeKalb certainly seems to be more of a threat — they went 9-1 their region and have only lost five times this season. That’s not to say Central doesn’t have a chance: Most of the Panthers’ wins were close, and outside of Greenbrier, their region isn’t that formidable.

What’s next: Kennesaw Mountain or Lassiter in the quarterfinals

Lambert's Yeonsung Lee takes the shot that resulted in the Longhorns' first goal during their game against South Forsyth on Feb. 26, 2019 at South Forsyth High School. - photo by Ian Frazer

Collins Hill at Lambert

When, where: Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. at Lambert

What to know: The Longhorns continued their torrid pace with a 2-0 win over Rockdale County in the first round. The defending state champions recently got back standout midfielder Trey Hines, who was crucial to last year’s title run. That should absolutely help Lambert going forward. The Eagles figure to be one of the tougher opponents the Longhorns will face this year: they’ve only lost three times and placed second in a good region with Mountain View, Mill Creek and Peachtree Ridge.

What’s next: Walton or Hillgrove in the quarterfinals

The South Forsyth boys soccer team celebrates after Patrick Kelly's goal in the second half of its game against Forsyth Central on March 1, 2019 at Forsyth Central High School. - photo by Ian Frazer

South Forsyth at Meadowcreek

When, where: Thursday, 7 p.m. at Meadowcreek

What to know: South earned an easy win against South Gwinnett to start the playoffs last week, and will continue their playoff run on the road against the Mustangs. Meadowcreek lost just one region game this year, but the chances for a War Eagle upset don’t seem out of the question. The Mustangs needed overtime to beat lowly Berkmar on March 22.

What’s next: Colquitt County or North Paulding in the quarterfinals