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The LaGrange High soccer team celebrates a goal by Nick Hinson during Tuesday's 3-2 victory over Stone Mountain.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
The LaGrange High soccer team celebrates a goal by Nick Hinson during Tuesday's 3-2 victory over Stone Mountain.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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The lights will be on at Callaway Stadium Friday night as the LaGrange High boys’ soccer team looks to punch its ticket to the final four.


LaGrange will host Spalding County at 7:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the semifinals to face either Dalton or Perry.


The Grangers have already played two home state-playoff matches at Callaway Stadium, and they’ve won them both.


LaGrange beat Cedartown 3-0 in the first round, and it got past Stone Mountain 3-2 on Tuesday.


Spalding County, meanwhile, blanked Howard 3-0 in the first round, and it beat Americus-Sumter 4-2 on Tuesday.


LaGrange and Spalding County both had their hands full in Tuesday’s matches.


LaGrange surged to a 2-0 lead in the first half, but Stone Mountain rallied to tie it early in the second half.


It remained tied at 2-2 until freshman Marat Rosencrants made the game-winning goal with a little more than seven minutes remaining.


Spalding County, meanwhile, was clinging to a 3-2 lead against Americus-Sumter until it scored a goal with three seconds left in the match to account for the 4-2 final.


LaGrange and Spalding County have already played once this season, with Spalding winning 2-1 on April 8.


“We’ve been down to LaGrange once, we know what it’s like and we have video on them,” Spalding County coach Scott Henderson told the newspaper in Griffin. “So we know how to prepare.”


LaGrange, meanwhile, should be buoyed by a home crowd that provided a big boost during Tuesday’s match.


“That was awesome,” LaGrange’s Michael Brackett said of the support the team received. “The fans came out. It’s really exciting to see soccer have this (support).”


OF NOTE: For more on LaGrange’s soccer team, see Friday’s sports section.


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