North Gwinnett at West Forsyth
When, where: Wednesday, 6 p.m., at Wolverine Stadium in Cumming.
Record, seeding: West is 12-4 and the No. 2 from Area 3-AAAAAA; North Gwinnett is 13-5 and the No. 3 seed from Area 4.
What to know: The Lady Wolverines boast one of the state’s elite offensive talents in Monica Martelli. A junior attacker, Martelli has racked up a whopping 60 goals in 16 games played, good for 28 percent of West’s total offense. Erika Cross has aided Martelli’s efforts with a team-high 15 assists to go along with 36 goals. Additionally, Sarah Grady, McKinley Puckett and Channing Milford have scored 30, 26 and 22 times, respectively.
In net for the Lady Wolverines will be Kara Duclos, whose 7.19 goals against average gives West the seventh best GAA in the state. The junior goaltender enters postseason play with a 12-4 record and .496 save percentage.
North Gwinnett and its strong defense should be a formidable opponent for West. The Lady Bulldogs rank third in the state in goals against per game (6.61), as senior netminder Victoria Del Nero has made a name for herself as an elite player at her position. She enters Wednesday’s contest with a .534 save percentage and 6.738 GAA. She has surrendered five goals or less in each of her last four games.
Senior Lauren Aycock, who has 57 goals on the year, is North Gwinnett’s most dangerous offensive force. She and fellow senior Lindsey Cobb (42 goals) are two players West must contain to come away with a win.
What’s next: The winner plays the Hillgrove-Milton winner.