Home-field advantage was valuable on Tuesday for two of the three northeast Georgia girls soccer teams that made the quarterfinal round. Now, the boys will see what they can do as the attention turns to them on Wednesday in the GHSA state playoffs.
The Flowery Branch and Jefferson girls both got home wins on Tuesday. The Gainesville, Johnson, Jefferson, and Union County boys all will see if they can continue the positive home trend.
The Gainesville boys are looking for their third consecutive trip to the semifinals. The Johnson boys, who are the defending Class 5A state champions, are looking for their third trip to the Final 4 in the last four seasons.
Meanwhile, the Union County boys, who did not qualify for the state tournament last season, are looking for a historic victory. The Leopards are making their deepest playoff run in program history. The Jefferson boys also are into the quarterfinals for the first time.
(Check below for the complete second round schedule.)
GHSA Soccer playoffs, quarterfinal round
WEDNESDAY'S SCHEDULE, May 8
Richmond Hill (R2, S1) at Gainesville boys (R8, S1), 6 p.m.*
Fayette County (R3, S4) at Johnson boys (R8, S1), 7 p.m.
Tattnall County (R2, S1) at Jefferson boys (R8, S1), 6 p.m.*
Jeff Davis (R2, S4) at Union County boys (R8, S4), 6 p.m.*
(Area teams in bold)
Flowery Branch girls 5, Woodward Academy 1
Jefferson girls 4, Pike County 2
St. Vincents 5, Union County girls 0