Boys soccer teams seek separation
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
March 14, 2014 04:00 AM | 1059 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Joel Diaz, left, and his Cherokee teammates did well in non-region play, but the Warriors have had some early struggles in Region 5AAAAAA.
<Br>Staff file photo by Samantha M. Shal
Joel Diaz, left, and his Cherokee teammates did well in non-region play, but the Warriors have had some early struggles in Region 5AAAAAA.
Staff file photo by Samantha M. Shal
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Midway through the season, most of the boys soccer coaches in the county have at least something to be happy about.

Creekview, Sequoyah, River Ridge and Etowah are attempting to separate themselves from the packs in their respective regions. Meanwhile, Cherokee and Woodstock have been putting together solid efforts.

Just a few games into region play, each of the six teams have the potential of qualifying for one of their region’s four playoff spots.

Creekview’s season might have started slow, but the Grizzlies seem to be picking up momentum at the right time.

Creekview (3-0-2, 3-0 Region 7AAAAA) opened the season with 1-all ties against River Ridge and Woodstock before upping its defense a bit as it entered region play. The Grizzlies shut out each of their first three opponents in wins against Riverwood, Kell and North Springs.

Up next, Creekview will travel to Jekyll Island for the Tournament of Champions, taking on Auburn (Ala.) today before playing Saturday against Union Grove and Dawson County.

Sequoyah is in a similar position as its primary rival.

The Chiefs (7-2, 2-1) lost a non-region game against River Ridge in late February but rebounded with four straight wins. After suffering their lone region loss against Cambridge, they once again bounced back with wins over North Forsyth, North Springs and Sprayberry.

Next on the schedule is today’s game with Kennesaw Mountain, Sequoyah’s final non-region matchup before it finishes the regular season with seven straight opponents from 7AAAAA.

Etowah is trying to stake a claim at the top of Region 5AAAAAA.

Although the Eagles (5-2, 2-0) are just two game into their region slate, they are currently undefeated. Not only that but Etowah will have a couple more games at Jekyll Island this weekend, against Statesboro and Wayne County, in order to tune themselves up for the next span of region games.

Despite playing without a home field as Tommy Baker Field undergoes renovations, Cherokee has been able to stay competitive.

The Warriors (5-3, 1-2 Region 5AAAAAA) earned their first region win Tuesday when they edged Milton 1-0. They will play a pair of non-region games against Cartersville and Alpharetta in the next week before resuming region play.

Also competing in Region 5AAAAAA, Woodstock is off to a slow start.

The Wolverines (0-3-1, 0-1) are still looking for their first win of the season. The closest they came was a 1-all tie against Creekview on Feb. 25. Since then, they lost two more close games against Walton and North Cobb.

Up next for Woodstock is a region game at Lassiter tonight.

River Ridge played a tough non-region schedule. The Knights are 1-3-2 in non-region games, but they are a 2-0 against Region 7AAAA opponents.
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