The girls and boys teams from both schools made the state playoffs, with no other program finishing high enough in their respective regions to qualify for a playoff spot.
Of the four teams still playing, only the River Ridge girls will be at home as they finished as the Region 7AAAA runner-up. The Lady Knights (11-6), with offensive leaders Shannon Driscoll and Brooke DeSantis, will host Chamblee on Tuesday.
Coach Sarah Goodbread said there are many quality soccer teams in the county, but many are simply in tough regions.
“I just think, with reclassification, all the other schools have been put in tough regions, because there is some high quality soccer in Cherokee County,” she said. “I just think the reclassification has a lot to do with them being in a tougher boat.”
Goodbread said she is excited to be taking the girls to the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
“I feel like this is the strongest team we have had,” she said. “I am really hopeful the girls will show up and play and want this game to be a part of the school’s history.”
The River Ridge boys (7-9-2) finished fourth in 7AAAA and will be at Marist on Wednesday.
The Etowah will travel to Berkmar on Wednesday in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs. The Eagles (13-5) finished fourth in Region 5AAAAAA.
The Etowah girls (13-4) will be at Parkview on Wednesday after finishing as the No. 4 seed.
The Lady Eagles struggled a bit after losing senior captain Jaclyn Miller midseason, but they have made improvements on defense. Senior Kellie Haggerty, sophomore Amanda Yarger and junior Kelsey Meyers stepped up as Etowah shut out its final three opponents.
Carolina Waters and Kelly Anthony have been the force behind the offense. Waters leads the team with 13 goals and eight assists, while Anthony has 10 goals and seven assists.
The Creekview girls fell just shy of the playoffs. The Lady Grizzlies, who finished 9-9 overall, went 5-5 in Region 7AAAAA and tied for fifth place.
Among Creekview’s leaders were Kayleigh Artise, Bailey Kaye and Samantha Schoppy.
Another team that made strides during the season, though it did not advance to the playoffs, was the Sequoyah boys. The Chiefs (9-8, 5-5 Region 7AAAAA) had their first winning season in five years.
Sophomore Victor Rivera led the team with 15 goals and 11 assists, while sophomore Diego Ruiz had 10 goals and 10 assists. Freshman goalkeeper Ethan Riggle recorded six shutouts and allowed just 1.47 goals per game.
Sequoyah coach John Zonin was encouraged by the success of his young squad.
“The team was young, but very skilled,” he said. “(We) look to make the playoffs next season. Narrowly missed it this year.”
Nelson Ferrufino and Shawn Staber anchored the defense, while Kostya Benton and Jonathan Guy were key to the midfield. Jorden Kirkland contributed six goals from the outside midfield position.