First, it was Cartersville-St. Pius in the second round of the Class AAA boys’ basketball playoffs.
Then, it was Cartersville-St Pius in the second round of the Class AAA girls’ state tennis playoffs.
Come Wednesday, it will be Cartersville at St. Pius in the second round of the Class AAA boys’ state soccer playoffs.
“Hopefully, it will be one of those games where we maximize our advantages and minimize our mistakes when we play them,” Cartersville coach D.J. Paradis said.
Thoughts of playing St. Pius came to fruition immediately following the Canes’ 7-0 victory Friday over East Jackson at Weinman Stadium.
“We wanted to put on a show for our fans who may not have the opportunity to see our next game,” Paradis said.
That they did.
Cartersville needed just 25 minutes to stake themselves to a 3-0 first half-lead.
Goals by the Canes’ Javier Alonso and Matthew Bryson came as a direct result of corner kicks. Alec D’Urbano faked left, then right before beating East Jackson’s goalkeeper from 18 yards out.
“We had a nice lead at halftime, but we weren’t about to let off the gas,” Paradis said. “We learned our lesson in our [1-0] loss to Woodland. We have been the aggressors since then.”
Playing aggressive soccer playing in the second half resulted in two goals by Ross Pasley and goals by Jeremy Koch and Zack Edwards. Pasley’s second goal came on a penalty kick.
Shutting out the Eagles was goalkeeper Will Jackson.
“We never played East Jackson before, but we knew where to attack and nullify their goal scorers by watching their game film,” Paradis said. “We’ll learn more about St. Pius’ strength and weaknesses once we view on film.”
According to their website, the Golden Lions have won eight state championships, 25 region championships and made 19 Final Four appearances.
St. Pius advanced to the second round of the state playoffs this season with its win over Dawson County.
Game time for Wednesday’s Cartersville-St. Pius soccer match has yet to be determined.