Soccer season moving fast, big games ahead

Fri, 03/02/2007 - 9:54am
By: Michael Boylan

Tonight gives area soccer fans one of their favorite match-ups of the year, Starr’s Mill vs. McIntosh, and this year it counts. Both Starr’s Mill and McIntosh are in the same region, along with Fayette County, Whitewater and Woodward Academy, among others, region losses could mean starting the state playoffs on the road or sitting them out entirely.

This year the game between the Panthers and the Chiefs will be held at Starr’s Mill. The boys will play first at 5:30 p.m. followed by the girls game at 7:30 p.m.

The Starr’s Mill boys (3-0-3) are ranked second in AAAA. They defeated Banneker 11-1 on Tuesday and Westlake 15-0 on Wednesday. Scorers for Starr’s Mill against Banneker were Shane Moroney, Gray Phelps and Jesy Phelps with three goals a piece, Chris Capati with two goals and two assists, Jerry O’Hara with three assists and Landon Smith with one assist. Against Westlake, Gray Phelps and Moroney each scored three goals, while Capati added two goals and three assists. Jesy Phelps scored one goal and recorded four assists, while Danny Hojaij, Smith, Pat Bugara, Colin Mallon and Hunter Hayes each score one goal.

The McIntosh boys are ranked third in AAAA. Over the break they tied Vestavia Hills of Alabama 1-1 and Oak Mountain of Alabama 0-0. The Chiefs (4-0-2) faced Lovett on Wednesday and won 5-0.

The Starr’s Mill girls (2-1-1) are ranked fifth in AAAA. They beat Marietta 6-0 over the break and defeated Westlake on Wednesday by a score of 15-0. Against Marietta, Olivia Serbun and Laura McCalla each had two goals, while Carlie Banks and Brittany Schwanitz each added one. Banks had three assists in the win. Against Westlake, goal scorers were Katrina Frost and Serbun each with three, Banks, Laura and Mandy McCalla, Schwanitz, Shannon McGinty, and Kelli Davis each with one.

McIntosh (2-2) is ranked fourth in AAAA. They beat Newnan 2-0 on Tuesday and lost 2-0 at Lovett on Wednesday. Kerri Reid scored the first goal against Newnan and assisted on the second goal, which was scored by Kaelyn Horton. Others who played well in the win were Olivia Tucker, K.C. Hewitt, Tawney Moffatt and goalkeeper Rachael Barnette.

Fayette County’s boys and girls faced Union Grove on Tuesday. The boys (2-1) won 1-0, while the girls (0-2) lost 12-0. Brad Bauerkemper scored the lone goal for the Tigers, while midfielders Ryan Edwards, Chris Feigenbaum, Bobby Dodd, Mark Torre set the tempo and sweeper Ryan Whitehead shut down the attack. They will host Starr’s Mill on Tuesday with the girls game at 5:30 p.m. and the boys game at 7:30 p.m.

Whitewater’s girls (2-0-1), ranked second in AAAA, tied Blessed Trinity 1-1 on Tuesday. Erin Emerson scored the lone goal for the Lady Wildcats, while Kayla Emerson played well up top and on defense and Katie Schwartz and Jewelia Strickland also played well on defense. They beat Creekside 17-0 on Wednesday. Emerson had four goals, Brittany Vining and Bailey Powell each had three goals, Emerson added two goals and Emily Culbreth, Lacey McGowan, Jade Ah-low, Holly Crawford and Allison Fannin each had one.

The boys (1-1) are ranked sixth in AAAA and also defeated Creekside on Wednesday by a score of 15-0. Robert Holland and Daniel Bowler combined for the shutout. The following players scored two goals each Victor Murray, Ryan Pugh, Josh Adair and Chandler Caudelle. Kyle Adams, Daniel Higginbotham, Chandler Winner, Michael Bulostin, Jordan Cooper, Matt Dziejowski, and Kyle Weston each had one goal.

Whitewater will host Lakesode - DeKalb on Tuesday, The Lakeside boys are ranked eighth and the girls are ranked 10th. Whitewater will play at Starr’s Mill next Friday at 6 and 8 p.m. in another huge region match.

Northgate’s girls (6-1) picked up their first loss of the season on Tuesday with a 4-0 loss at the hands of top ranked Woodward Academy. The goals scored against the Lady Vikings on Tuesday were the first they had given up all year.

They have beaten Henry County, Union Grove, Newton County, Ola, Sandy Creek and Valdosta this season. They played at Carrollton last night and will host Creekside tonight.
The boys (5-1) also faced Woodward on Tuesday and lost 2-1. John Mira had the lone goal for Northgate. They will take on Creekside tonight.
Their wins this year have come against Henry County, Newton County, Franklin County, Alexander and Valdosta.

East Coweta’s boys (2-3) fell to Brookwood, ranked fifth in AAAAA, 2-0 on Tuesday, while The Lady Indians (2-2) fell to Brookwood, the top ranked team in AAAAA, 7-1. East Coweta will host Mundy’s Mill tonight with the girls playing at 5:30 p.m. and the boys playing at 7:30 p.m.

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