THOMASVILLE — Pinecrest Academy brought a physical style of play to Brookwood on Thursday. That aggression propelled the Paladins to a 3-0 win in the quarterfinal round of the GISA Class AA girls soccer playoffs.

“The only difference was they were more aggressive than we were,” Brookwood coach Rocky Lara said. “The first half we were playing on our heels.”

The Paladins (11-0-2) came out on the offensive, controlling play.

“That is pretty much our gameplan,” Pinecrest coach John Oliver said. “We want to control the middle of the field. My philosophy in coaching goes back to a quote Pele once said, ‘You control the ball, you control the game.’”

Pinecrest’s attacking offense pushed the Warriors (10-3-1) on their heels early in the first half. Just four minutes into the game, the Paladins’ pressure caused a scramble in front of the Brookwood goal before Warrior keeper Logan Petrey could gain possession. Pinecrest then missed a chance to grab the lead when a shot breezed past Petrey but clanged off the left post.

The Paladins netted two goals in the half, though. Leanne Cassandra put Pinecrest ahead at the 23:25 mark and Annelise Nevarez added a second goal with 6:24 left.

The Warriors remained close behind a stellar effort from Petrey. The freshman was challenged early and often by Pinecrest, finishing with 20 saves.

“She made some great saves,” Oliver said. “She played very well and she got a lot of shots today.”

Lara added: “She can only stop so many. They’re bound to get at least one out of all that.”

Pinecrest got an insurance goal from Sabrina Alanis on a loft shot from out in front of the goal box with a little more than four minutes remaining.

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Brookwood advanced into the quarterfinal round with a 9-8 win against Windsor Academy on Wednesday.

Caleb Bryson led the Warriors with two doubles and four RBIs. Ben Hopkins and Drew Balfour each added two hits. Brent Johnson notched the win and Jeb Johnson earned the save for Brookwood.

The Warriors head to Brentwood on Monday for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.


Brookwood was just edged out of the GISA Region 3-AA title at the Valdosta Country Club. Valwood’s 334 nipped Brookwood by a stroke.

The Warriors did place three on the all-region team in Tyler Rawlings (81), Alan Alderman (83) and Scott Cheney (85).

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