The Lady Eagles (6-2) have just two losses on the season, and even those losses came against two of the top programs in the state — Milton and Walton. Remaining on Etowah’s schedule are two more against highly regarded teams from Lassiter and Kell.
While the Lady Eagles are among the best programs in the state, and considered a top-10 team, they will likely play on the road in the state playoffs. Only four teams from Area 2AAAAAA qualify for the playoffs, and Etowah has already lost to two of the teams ahead of it in the area. The Lady Eagles would need to beat Lassiter to finish as high as third in the area.
Also competing in Class AAAAAA are Woodstock and Cherokee.
Woodstock (4-5) has shown improvement under coach Anita Dodd, but with games against Lassiter, Etowah, Walton and Milton, it’s easy to see how the Lady Wolverines find themselves below .500.
With what Dodd considers four favorable matchups ahead, she said Woodstock could finish the season with a winning record.
“We are beginning to work together as a team,” Dodd said. “We have been working on our defense, which has been our weakness — not because of the players, but because we are working on something they have not done before. We would like to finish the next four games with wins in all four, so that we can finish our season with a solid winning season.”
Those four remaining games are against Cherokee, Roswell, Whitewater and Sprayberry. At 6-5, Whitewater has the best record of the group.
Cherokee (4-7) is still young in terms of its program, in just its second year.
The Lady Warriors faced Milton, Walton and Lassiter in their first four games of the season and were outscored 89-10. Since then, they have improved, going 4-3.
It’s translated into not only wins, but the lesser number of goals Cherokee has been beaten by in losses.
Creekview and River Ridge both compete a step down, in Class A-AAAAA.
Creekview (1-7) won its opener against Forsyth Central, but lost the next seven. The biggest loss came earlier this week, when Kell beat the Lady Grizzlies 21-1.
River Ridge (6-2) has been turning heads.
The Lady Knights lost to Woodstock and Pope, and they will face a big challenge with Kell today. Still, River Ridge has a shot at reaching the state playoffs and will face just two teams with winning record remaining in their final nine games, leaving a winning record as all but certain.