Prep Roundup: Pope girls upend defending champs

Mar. 15—Lexi DeJoseph's goal from distance proved to be the difference as the Pope girls soccer team defeated defending state champion Lassiter 2-1 in overtime.

Faith Stokes scored the other goal, which was assisted by Addi DeJoseph.

The Trojans scored on a goal from McLane Dickson, which was assisted by Peyton Joyner.

Pope (7-2) will host Alpharetta on Friday, while Lassiter (8-1-1) will host Johns Creek on Friday.

Allatoona 4, Creekview 1: Ava Stack had two goals to help lead the Buccaneers to a Region 6AAAAAA victory.

Presley Neese and Reese Denson had goals, while Brea Stack and Mary Chamberlain added assists.

Allatoona (8-2) will travel to Rome on Friday.

Mount Paran Christian 6, East Paulding 1: Sarah Schwartz had four goals to lead the Eagles to a non-region victory.

Alexis Shafer and Annie Strickland each added a goal.

Mount Paran (6-3-1) will travel to Washington on Thursday.



Marietta 3, North Cobb 0: Kevin Rivera, Brandon Vizcarra and Shane Roach each had goals to lead the Blue Devils to the non-region victory.

Jude Zekra and Shane Roach each had assists.

Marietta (5-7) will host McEachern on Friday.

Pope 2, Lassiter 1: Tomas McCurry's goal in the second half led to overtime and an eventual Greyhounds victory in Region 7AAAAAA play.

Pope will host Alpharetta on Friday.

Sprayberry 2, Alpharetta 1 (OT): Soren Bednar had the game-winner in overtime to lift the Yellow Jackets to a Region 7AAAAAA victory.

Alan Faria had a goal in the first half.

Sprayberry (9-2) will face Fort Payne (Ala.) on Friday.



Walton 5, North Cobb 0: Stephen Zhu won 6-0, 6-0 and Will Sasadu earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory as they helped lead the Raiders to a Region 5AAAAAAA victory.

Tyler Jones came back to win 0-6, 6-3, 6-2. The doubles team of Bailey Raymond and Humza Rahman won 6-0, 6-3, while Carey Anderson and Jason Xu won 7-6 (3), 6-4 to complete the sweep.

Walton (7-0) was set to host Pace Academy on Wednesday.

Wheeler 4, Kennesaw Mountain 1: Joe Thottungal and Shayon Odhwani both had to go to three sets to help the Wildcats earn the Region 5AAAAAA victory.

Thottungal won 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, while Odhwani came out on top 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-1.

The doubles teams of Dev Patel and Yashas Veedhulur (6-2, 6-2), along with Jai Melinamani and Yash Rahatekar (6-0, 6-1), capped off the victory.

Wheeler will face North Cobb on Thursday.



North Cobb 23, Sprayberry 1: Sophia Sorian and Erinne Giles led the Warriors in goals to pace a victory over their east Cobb rival.

North Cobb (5-2) will host River Ridge on Thursday.

Hillgrove 12, Brookwood 3: Aria Hannon had four goals and two assists, while Marleigh Belinfanti had three goals to lead the Hawks to a non-area victory.

Elizabeth Bond had a goal and an assist, while Emme Neargarth, Ryann Woodham, Camie Townson and Cheyenne Lentz all added goals.

Cybella Smith had six saves in net.

Hillgrove (5-2) will host Roswell on Friday.