Freshman middle fielder Lucky Teah scored the first two goals of the game
to lead the No. 5 ranked Tucker Tigers to a convincing 5-1 Class AAAA
soccer playoff victory over the South Paulding Spartans on Tuesday night
at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston.
The Tigers put pressure on the Spartan defense from the opening kick as
the South Paulding goalie battled by blocking several shots by Tucker to
keep the score at 0-0 despite the constant pressure.
Tucker had a goal by Solomon Roberts disallowed for offsides with 23:30
left in the first half as the Tigers had three opportunities to score in a
50 second time span.
The Spartans tested Tucker goalie Steven Duffy only twice in the first
half and the score remained 0-0 until Teah slipped a shot into the goal on
an assist from Roberts for a 1-0 Tucker lead with just 30 seconds left in
Teah struck again just 1:05 into the second half by taking a pass from
Austin Hood to make it 2-0.
Duffy then took on a couple of shots from the Spartans in an 11 second
span with 30:35 to play before William Gomez put the ball into the goal
with 30:00 left in the game by picking up his own blocked shot in front of
the goal to make it 3-0.
Roberts made it 4-0 with 27:38 to play before the Spartans got a breakaway
for a goal against Duffy with just 10:50 to play to get on the board at
Tucker closed out the scoring as Manthe Nsukami scored with 4:00 to play
to make the final of 5-1.
The Tigers (14-4-1) advance to take on Dutchtown (10-4-0) which knocked
off Tri-Cities 5-3 in the opening round. The game is tentatively scheduled
for Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30 at Hallford Stadium.
The No. 8 ranked Lakeside Vikings (13-3-1) picked up a road victory over
Alexander (11-5-2) by a score of 3-1 to advance to the second round of the
Class AAAA state playoffs. The Vikings, a No. 3 seed out of Region 6-AAAA,
advance to face No. 2 ranked McIntosh (16-2-1) which won an easy 10-0
matchup with Riverdale in the first round.
The Stephenson Jaguars (11-5-2) did not fare as well as their DeKalb
counterparts as they took a 10-1 loss on the road against No. 10 ranked
Tift County (13-1-2) in Class AAAAA action.
State Soccer Playoffs
Tuesday, May 1
Class AAAAA Boys
Tift County (13-1-2) 10, Stephenson (11-5-2) 1
Class AAAA Boys
Tucker (14-4-1) 5, South Paulding (11-6-1) 1
Lakeside (13-3-1) 3, Alexander (11-5-2) 1
Mark Brock is the Athletics Statistician/Information Officer/Web Manager for
DeKalb County Schools Athletics/East DeKalb Campus