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Soccer: Previews of boys second-round state playoff matchups
South Forsyth's Trevor Byrne heads the ball against Meadowcreek on Friday, April 28, 2017. - photo by Dave Williamson
Brookwood at Lambert

When, where: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. in Suwanee

Records and seedings: Lambert is 14-4-1 and the No. 1 seed from Region 5; Brookwood is 9-8-1 and the No. 2 seed from Region 7.

What to know: The Longhorns’ first-round win against Mill Creek had the look of a close game, with Lambert having to come back from an early 1-0 deficit and not taking the lead until the second half, but the Longhorns outpossessed and easily outshot the Hawks, with Trey Hines’ goal on a direct free kick cementing the margin. The Broncos, 2-1 winners over Archer in the first round, have North Gwinnett and St. Pius X as common opponents with the Longhorns, and like Lambert, Brookwood beat both of those schools. The Broncos also topped Collins Hill, whom Lambert lost to back on Feb. 13.

What’s next: The winner faces either Etowah or East Coweta in the state quarterfinals.

South Forsyth at Norcross

When, where: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. in Norcross

Records and seedings: South is 15-3-1 and the No. 2 seed from Region 5; Norcross is 14-1-1 and the No. 1 seed from Region 7.

What to know: South had yet another close win in the first round, scoring on Lorenzo Betti’s header earlier in the second half and withstanding an onslaught of offense – including multiple close free kicks and one chance that required a goal-line clearance – from North Gwinnett in the remaining minutes. The War Eagles have a formidable test in the Blue Devils, who have scored multiple goals in the last five games and have surrendered more than two just once.

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

Pinecrest at Wesleyan

When, where: Wednesday, 7:45 p.m. in Peachtree Corners

Records and seedings: Pinecrest is 12-5-1 and the No. 3 seed from Area 5; Wesleyan is 12-5-1 and the No. 1 seed from Area 8.

What to know: These teams possess the same record but have reached that point from different avenues. The Wolves spent much of the early season facing – and doing well against – large public schools, including Cambridge, went 16-1-0 as a member of Class 6A. Wesleyan fell 4-3 to the Bears, who beat Lambert 4-0 in April. This looks like a tough draw for the Paladins, whose best result against a school from the larger classes was a 3-3 tie against North Forsyth.

What’s next: The winner faces either Brookstone or Atlanta International in the state quarterfinals.