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Lassiter Soccer Slips to 8th in Nation

Losing to Wheeler in penalty kicks costs the Trojans their No. 1 ranking.

upset loss to last week has upset the Trojans’ hopes for an unofficial national soccer championship.

The Lassiter boys are ranked eighth in the latest ESPNHS Powerade Fab 50 national rankings after .

The Trojans fell to 11-1 on the season with their shootout loss at Wheeler, which scored the tying goal with 2:19 left in the second half to send the game into overtime Friday night, The Marietta Daily Journal said.

After two scoreless overtime periods, it was still a 1-1 game, and for the Region 5-AAAAA standings, the teams went to a penalty-kick shootout at Corky Kell Stadium.

The Wildcats made all five kicks, but the Trojans’ Shaban Abousaud, who scored the first goal of the game late in the second half, missed Lassiter’s second kick, the MDJ said.

Wheeler won the shootout, 5-4, and the game. As a result, the Wildcats moved up in the Fab 50 from 46th to 42nd despite losing earlier last week to .

Lassiter, meanwhile, can console itself with being the highest-ranked team in the nation with at least one loss—and, of course, with its continuing hope to win the state AAAAA championship.

The new No. 1, for what it’s worth, is , its second consecutive season rising to the top spot.

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