Winder-Barrow’s boys’ soccer team stood toe-to-toe with defending state champion Dalton for a half Friday, April 23, in the first round of the GHSA Class 6A playoffs, but the undefeated Catamounts asserted their dominance in the second half.
Up just 1-0 after 40 minutes, Dalton scored three goals within just four minutes coming out of the break and piled on three more from there en route to a 7-1 victory over the Bulldoggs.
Fabian Rodriguez notched a hat trick with three goals to lead the Catamounts (16-0-2), the 2019 6A champs, who advanced to host Riverwood in the Sweet Sixteen Thursday, April 29. Damian Rodriguez, Angel Salaises, Fernando Guerrero and Ivan Ceja all added scores.
Winder-Barrow’s lone goal came on a penalty kick from senior Aaron Diaz in the second half to cut the deficit to 4-1 before Dalton answered with three goals.
The Bulldoggs, who last appeared in the state playoffs in 2017 when they lost in the first round to Dalton, finished the season 10-7-1.