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The Region 6-AAAA Soccer Tournament gets underway on Tuesday (4/15/14) with six DeKalb County squads vying for state playoff berths.
The No. 1 seeded Chamblee Bulldogs host No. 4 Banneker on Tuesday with a playoff berth on the line for the winner in boys' first round action.
Stone Mountain, a No. 3 seed from Sub-Region A travels to Atlanta to take on B No. 2 seed Carver and No. 4 seed Lithonia travels to No. 1 seed Grady.
No. 2 seed Marist hosts No. 3 seed Washington in the final boys' game of the first round. Semifinals are set for Thursday (4/17/14) and the finals/consolations games are on Tuesday (4/22/14).
The girls' tournament features No. 2 Chamblee hosting No. 3 South Atlanta, No. 4 Redan at No. 1 Grady and No. 3 Stone Mountain at No. 2 Carver.
No. 1 seed Marist hosts No. 4 seed Washington in the other girls' first round game.
Semifinals are set for Thursday and the finals and consolation games are set for Tuesday (4/22/14).
The No. 6 ranked Lakeside Vikings held on for a 2-1 Region 6-AAAAA victory over the No. 10 ranked Clarkston Angoras at Hallford Stadium on Thursday.
The Top 10 meeting lived up to its billing as the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie at the half despite Lakeside having a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Clarkston's Cuback Hubert had four saves in the first half showing why he had only given up 7 goals in the Angoras' 10-0-1 start to the season.
Lakeside's Jonathan Goldsmith had given up 14 goals in the Vikings' 8-2-1 beginning to the season and gobbled up two solid shots on goal by the Angoras to send the teams into the half scoreless.
The Vikings came out quickly putting pressure on the Clarkston defense and it paid off just 1:43 into the second half as Cheikh Faye deflected a pass from Diego Gonzalez into the right corner of the net for a 1-0 Lakeside lead.
The lead expanded to 2-0 just 11 minutes later as the Viking pressure put Bradley Gavrielides in front of the goal for a header into the net off a pass from Jesus Alvarez-Cortez for a 2-0 lead.
Clarkston begin to press harder on offense following the second Viking goal, but Lakeside was able to control the defensive end until with 14:58 to play when Aung Twe lifted a pass to Peter Twene on the right side. Twene raced past a Lakeside defender and dribbled towards the goal as Goldsmith charged out to cut off the angle. Twene lofted a shot just over Goldsmith that found the net to cut the lead to 2-1.
Two minutes later Clarkston's Mohamed Diakite had a penalty kick from 33 yards out that went high over the goal.
Lakeside thwarted two more Angora scoring opportunities at the 70 minute mark and the 73 minute mark with great hustle plays by defenders to prevent what looked like sure goals.
Clarkston got one last shot to the tie game as the Vikings got called for a penalty to set up a penalty kick by Santino Jerke. Jerke's kick went high and wide with 2:20 to play.
The Vikings were able to keep Clarkston downfield the rest of the way to preserve the victory.
Lakeside is now 6-0 in region play with big games against North Atlanta (April 3) and Tucker (April 18) remaining.
Clarkston is 7-1 in the region with games against Tucker (April 1) and Stephenson (April 3).
Lakeside holds seven of the 16 DeKalb County Schools boys' state soccer titles.
DeKalb County Schools joined the Georgia High School Associations' soccer championships in 1968 and promptly made a statement winning seven out of the next 8 state titles. The county holds 16 boys state championships and one unofficial girls state title.
Briarcliff won the first boys' state title in the county's opening season in the GHSA sponsored championships in 1968. DeKalb missed out in 1969, but won titles every year from 1970 thru 1975 to prove a dominant force in soccer. Another run of consecutive titles for the county came in 1978 to 1981.
The county teams have had three of the final four in the state championships five times in the 24-year history of the state sponsored championships. The 1988 season was the most amazing of the time period as four DeKalb teams made the final four. Redan defeated Druid Hills for the title while Clarkston claimed third and Shamrock fourth.
Lakeside leads the country with seven state titles (1970, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1997, 2008) and an overall state playoff mark of 40-19-1. Briarcliff follows with three (1968, 1971, and 1972) and Southwest DeKalb won back-to-back titles in 1979 to 1980. Chamblee (2008), Peachtree (1973), Redan (1988) and Henderson (1991) round out the state titleholders. Redan is 21-17-1 in playoff games followed by Clarkston (19-13-1) and Druid Hills (27-17).
The 2008 season was the first time two schools won titles in the same season as Lakeside won the class AAAA title 1-0 (3-1 PKs) over Southeast Whitfield and Chamblee won its first title with a 2-1 victory over Westminster.
Henderson won the first ever Girls Metro Championship in 1988 by defeating fellow DeKalb rival Stone Mountain 2-1. Lakeside finished third as three DeKalb teams made the final four. This was considered the unofficial girls' state championship.
Lakeside also leads the girls' contingent with a 11-12 record. Twelve of the current 19 high schools hold at least one playoff appearance in their history. Martin Luther King, Jr. reached the state playoffs for the first time in school history in 2004.