In a little more than a week, the LaGrange High boys’ soccer team has a huge home showdown with the Columbus Blue Devils in a game that could decide the Region 5-AAA championship.
First things first, though.
Before taking on Columbus, LaGrange has two region games to play, including today’s road test against Fayette County.
LaGrange will also be on the road against Sandy Creek on March 25 before hosting Columbus on March 27.
LaGrange wraps up its region schedule on April 11 against Troup.
The Grangers (7-2 overall) are 3-0 in the region, and that includes a key 3-0 win over fellow region-title hopeful Carrollton on March 7.
“We have Fayette (today), and that’s a big region match,” LaGrange coach Keita Placide said. “We have to be ready.”
The Grangers have everything working at the moment.
On Saturday, they improved to 7-2 overall with a 2-0 victory over a First Presbyterian team that is ranked fourth in Class A.
The Grangers have only surrendered one goal in their past five matches, and they haven’t allowed more than one goal in a game since a season-opening 4-1 loss to East Coweta.
Offensively, LaGrange has gotten seven goals apiece from Jackson Fagundes and Michael Brackett.
Brackett had two goals in Saturday’s game.
LaGrange’s girls’ team, meanwhile, will be looking to improve on its 1-2 region record when it visits Fayette County today.
The Lady Grangers (4-5 overall) are coming off a 4-1 loss to First Presbyterian, which is ranked first in Class A.
The Lady Grangers’ next three games are all against region opponents as they look to solidify their position as a playoff team.
Sophomore Reagan Peters has been getting it done for LaGrange with a team-high 11 goals, Lauren Yates has four goals including one against First Presbyterian, and Alaina Tomlinson has three goals.
Callaway’s teams will both be at home today.
The Cavaliers (7-3 overall) are sitting at 2-1 in Region 4-AAA, and they’re still in the chase for the region’s number one seed as they host B.E.S.T. Academy today at 7:30 p.m.
Callaway lost its region opener against Central-Carroll, but it bounced back to beat Chapel Hill on penalty kicks.
The Cavaliers moved over the .500 mark in the region with a 9-0 win over Jackson on Friday.
If the Cavaliers win their final three region games, they’ll finish no worse than tied for second, and they could finish in a three-way tie for first if Chapel Hill beats Central-Carroll next week.
Junior Kevin Craig is having a huge season for the Cavaliers with 14 goals, and senior Kyle Jenkins has also found the net with regularity with 12 goals.
Cody Tucker has added six goals for the Cavaliers, who average more than four goals per game.
The Lady Cavaliers, meanwhile, will look to even their region record when they host Coretta Scott King at 5:30 p.m. today.
Callaway lost its first two region games before beating Jackson 3-1 on Friday, with Brittany Mitchell scoring two goals, and Christian Cox adding another.
Troup’s teams, meanwhile, will try to bolster their playoff hopes with a pair of Region 5-AAAA games this week.
Troup will host Shaw today, with the girls’ game beginning at 5 p.m., and the boys’ game to follow at 7 p.m.
Troup’s teams will be back home on Thursday against Carrollton.
Both Troup teams have only played one region match so far, and they’ll each play four region matches between now and March 27.
In their region openers, the Tigers lost to Fayette County 7-0, while the Lady Tigers won a dramatic match that went to penalty kicks.
The game was scoreless through regulation and two five-minute overtime periods, and it went to penalty kicks.
It came down to the sixth kick, and Crystal Batchelor made her kick for Troup, and the Fayette County player missed her kick.
Goal keeper Rachel Arrington came up with some big saves throughout the match.
In the boys’ game, the Tigers were only down 2-0 at the half, but they gave up five goals in the second half to lose 7-0.