Coming into Wednesday's Georgia High School Association Class AAA girls soccer state playoff second-round match at the Walden Soccer Complex at Columbus State, there weren't many hotter teams than the Eastside Eagles.
Winners of 10 of their past 12 matches after a 2-5 start, Eastside (12-7-1) looked poised to give No. 4 Columbus problems.
However, those problems lasted about 8 minutes.
The Blue Devils scored five goals in the first 30:29 of the match and put Eastside to the sword, winning 10-0 in a mercy-rule shortened match to move on to
the state quarterfinals Saturday.
Columbus (16-4) will host No. 8 Heritage-Catoosa (13-1) for a berth in the final four. Heritage-Catoosa advanced to the elite eight by shutting out No. 10 Veterans, 3-0, on the road Wednesday night in Kathleen.
"I feel like we knew our first match (against Riverwood, a 2-1 victory) was going to be tough, but today we wanted to come out strong and get on them early," said Columbus junior defender Ivey Burbrink, who helped the Blue Devils post their 10th shutout of the season and added the match's final goal as well. "We were able to finish our opportunities early, and we've got a good group of seniors, and we want to go as far as we can for them."
Mallory Lotz got the scoring going 7:42 into the match, when she netted a goal on a long shot off a cross by Abby Roth. Just over 3 minutes later, Lotz made it 2-0 on a similar play, getting a pass from Roth and scoring on a long shot from just outside the penalty area.
"I'm sure Eastside was keying on (senior Madison) See, but teams that we've played know we have more offensive options than just her," said Columbus coach Russell Oliver. "I've always told the kids to take the shots if they're there. We did that tonight and were able to put a lot of them on goal."
Roth got into the scoring act with a pair of goals at the 24:38 and 30:29 marks, and See netted her first goal of the match at 25:47 to send Columbus into halftime with a 5-0 advantage. See had a pair of assists on Roth's goals, and Lotz tallied an assist on See's score as the Blue Devils outshot Eastside, 16-3, in the first 40 minutes.
Columbus got its sixth goal of the match on a tic-tac-toe play that started with Lane Burbrink, who made a long pass to See, who headed a cross to Nikiay Comer, who headed the ball past Carly Farrow and into the net at the 43:29 mark.
"We've been together as a team for a while," Ivey Burbrink said. "We've had a lot of players who have played together for two or three years and also play for Red Star. So we know how each other plays, and it shows when we get on the field."
Mary Helen Callier scored the next two goals for the Blue Devils, at 49:42 and 69:00, to put Columbus up 8-0. See added her second on an unassisted goal at 74:44, and Ivey Burbrink closed out the scoring at 76:40, when she volleyed in a cross from Callier, making it 10-0 and ending the match.
"We wanted to ride the momentum from the Riverwood match and come after Eastside," Oliver said. "We didn't know much about them and didn't know what their game plan might be, so we just wanted to do what we did against Riverwood, which was to attack early and make sure we go after them."
For the match, Columbus outshot Eastside, 34-3, and the Blue Devils' goalie duo of Anna Scogin and Lauren Grantham had to make just two saves--- both by Scogin in the first half -- to keep their sheet clean.
Wednesday at Columbus State
Goals--Columbus: Mallory Lotz 2, Abby Roth 2, Madison See 2, Mary Helen Callier 2, Nikiay Comer 1, Ivey Burbrink 1. Assists--Columbus: Roth 2, See 3, Lotz 1, Lane Burbrink 1, Callier 1. Goalies--Columbus: Anna Scogin 2 saves, Lauren Grantham 0 saves; Eastside: Carly Farrow 11 saves. Records--Columbus 16-4, Eastside 12-7-1. Next: Heritage-Catoosa at Columbus (State PlayofWednesarterfinals at Columbus State) Saturday.