Soccer season starts for local high school teams

Fri, 02/29/2008 - 1:12pm
By: Kevin Wandra

The top-ranked McIntosh Chiefs have gotten off to a hot start, winning their first two games, 4-0 over then-ninth-ranked Columbus and 2-1 over Oak Mountain (Ala.), to extend their unbeaten streak to 24 games.

A goal by David Fratto gave the Chiefs a 1-0 halftime lead against Columbus.

The Chiefs settled in in the second half, pounding the Columbus net with shots.
Fratto played a corner kick to Ramsey Jarun, who stuck a beautiful bending ball into the far side panel to increase McIntosh’s lead to 2-0.
Fratto made the score 3-0 with a first-time shot passed back by Allen Stein at the top of the box.

Leo Gutierrez broke through the defense for McIntosh’s fourth goal with 20 minutes remaining.

The Chiefs fell behind 1-0 to the Class AAAAAA Alabama defending state champions, Oak Mountain, which is currently the top-ranked team in the state.

Fratto wiped out Oak Mountain’s lead five minutes later, hitting a remarkable 40-yard free kick into the far bottom corner of the goal to tie the score.

Later, the Chiefs sealed the win with impressive combination play from Bryson Jones, Fratto and Jarun.

A ball played to the feet of Jones was laid off to Jarun, who played a back heal pass to midfielder Fratto, who tucked the ball into the far corner.

Brian Kwan was one of the primary reasons McIntosh was able to completely shut down Oak Mountain’s offensive attack.

Kwan, in tandem with a strong midfield, a solid back line and the consistent play of goalkeeper Mike White, prevented Oak Mountain from scoring.
McIntosh was scheduled to play Lovett on Thursday.

The third-ranked McIntosh Lady Chiefs are currently 2-2, having beaten ninth-ranked Greenbrier, Evans 3-0 and Peachtree Ridge 2-1 and having lost to Walton 5-1 and Kennesaw Mountain 2-1.

McIntosh’s girls were slated to play Lovett last night.

The sixth-ranked Starr’s Mill Panthers has gotten off to a rough start, losing two of its first three games. It lost its season opener, 1-0 to Walton, then bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Grayson.

It lost its last game, 3-2 to Milton.

The Panthers were scheduled to play host to second-ranked St. Pius last night.

The top-ranked Starr’s Mill girls are currently 2-1-1, with victories over Grayson (2-0) and Lassiter (3-0), a tie with Walton (2-2) and a loss to fifth-ranked St. Pius (1-0).

Sandy Creek’s boys started the season with a 3-2 loss to Dutchtown. Alejandro Guerrero scored both goals for Creek.

Creek followed that loss with a 5-2 victory over Troup in which Harry Lee scored four goals and Guerrero scored one.

Creek’s last game was a 3-2 loss to Jonesboro.
The Patriots were scheduled to play at Douglas County last night.

Creek’s girls lost their first three games, 4-0 to Savannah Arts, 3-1 to Dutchtown and 5-0 to Jenkins, before picking up their first two victories of the season, 7-0 over Troup and 6-1 over Jonesboro.

The Lady Patriots are slated to face Cass on Tuesday.

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