Trinity Christian and The Heritage School might be rivals on the playing field, but starting Friday, the two GISA schools will share something in common.
Both are headed to Mercer University in Macon for Final Four soccer matches—Trinity in girls action—Heritage in the boys bracket.
Trinity is moving to the GHSA next year, but wants to go out on a high note this week in its final GISA tournament.
So far this season, the Lady Lions are yet to stumble, winning all 23 games,several by double digits.
The Lady Lions are coming off a 4-2 victory over Bulloch Academy in the second round of the GISA playoffs Saturday.
The victory over the Gators came one week after beating Monsignor Donovan Catholic 6-0 in the first round.
The Lady Lions face what might be their biggest challenge this season Friday at 11:30 a.m. when they play defending state champion Augusta Prep at Five Star Stadium.
Augusta Prep has knocked off Atlanta Girls School and Trinity-Dublin to set up the Final Four matchup.
The Lady Lions have displayed plenty of offensive firepower this season, averaging more than six goals per game.
Senior Abby Bragg has been the offensive spark plug for the Lady Lions, scoring more than 50 goals.
In last week’s victory over Bulloch Academy, Bragg gave the Lady Lions some breathing room after scoring twice within 30 seconds in the second half to extend the lead to 4-0.
Those goal turned out to be huge, as the Lady Gators cut into the lead with two goals of their own.
The Lady Lions also got first-half goals in the victory over Bulloch from Celia Gwynn and Olivia Loris.
Bragg, Loris and Gwynn are among several players who have scored more than 10 goals for the Lions.
Caitlin Ledford and Cassidy Conrey have also put the ball in the back of the opponent’s net at least 10 times.
It’s been hard to get the ball plast Trinity goalkeeper Cheyenne Teems.
Teems has been responsible for 16 shutouts this season, including four in a row at one point of the season.
The winner of the Trinity-Augusta Prep match plays the winner of Friday’s Frederica-Deerfield-Windsor semifinal in Saturday’s 4 p.m. state title game.
The Heritage boys come into the Final Four fresh off a 5-0 victory over Trinity-Dublin in Friday night’s Elite 8.
Now, Heritage is set to play defending state champion Westminster Friday night at 7 p.m.
The game was originally scheduled for 4 p.m, but switched with the Fugees-Frederica contest due to Frederica’s graduation ceremonies.
Against Trinity-Dublin, the Hawks spread the scoring wealth building a 2-0 lead at the half and them adding three more goals in the final 40 minutes.
Branch Burns scored the first goal of the game, and Zach Robinson the second.
The Hawks added three more goals in the second half, including goals from Hays Burns, Chandler Geerings and Keiman Skelly.
Saturday’s state title game could pit Heritage and Frederica together in a rematch of last year’s semifinal game.
Frederica defeated Heritage on penalty kicks to end the Hawks’ season and in the semifinals, and it’s loss that has stuck with Heritage for almost a year.