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Double date at state
RHHS boys, girls qualify for state soccer playoffs
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Lady Wildcat Mackenzie Qua had multiple assists in Richmond Hill's win over Hepzibah. - photo by Stacey Bergsmith


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By defeating their first round opponents in the region tournaments, both the boys and girls RHHS soccer teams have earned berths into the state playoffs.

Both teams have been on fire this season and show no signs of slowing down as they pursue state titles.

The boys blanked Thomson 3-0 on Wednesday with two goals by Brian Wood, a goal by Greyson Surges, an assist from Javier Arbelaez and 6 saves from Zach Alltop.

"We played sluggish in the first half," said boys head coach Wade Wright. "You can tell we were on spring break. We controlled the entire game to outshoot Thomson 50 to 3. We are over the hump now and made the state tournament. Now we need to focus on going as far as we can."

They face Benedictine today at 11 a.m. to decide state tournament seeding. Their current record is 10-3-2 overall with 5-2 for region play.

The girls beat Hepzibah 9-0 with goals scored by Lauren Hall, Allison Snider (2), Laura Nunnery (3), Ginny Freeman, and Tyler Carlson (2).

Assists were made by Mackenzie Qua, Allison Snider, Nunnery, Jennifer Adams, Meghan Guarino and Ashlyn Pfab, and Nunnery had 1 save.

They faced South Effingham yesterday to decide state tournament seeding, but results were not available as of press time.

"The girls are in a good position going into state," said girls soccer head coach Steve Kollman before the game with SE. "This is the fourth time we’ve played South Effingham, so there are not many secrets between our two teams. It will definitely be competitive. We’re both coming out of spring break, so it may be a matter of who can shake off the spring break blues first."

Kollman has high hopes for the state tournament and said his team is prepared to go all the way.

"The girls are focused," he continued. "Defensively, we’re very good as that’s where our seniors are and they know when to turn it up a notch. Our offense has grown leaps and bounds as well. The last two or three weeks, they’ve really come around to where we’re averaging 25-30 shots now which is just really phenomenal at this level."

Kollman said his offense is now as strong as his ever-potent defense "which should really make a difference for us as we head into state."

Their current record is 14-1 overall with 6-1 for region play.


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