McIntosh soccer cruises through first round of state

Tariah Miller notched a hat trick for the Lady Chiefs. (Staff Photos by Christopher Dunn)

As the playoffs begin, each team is looking to earn five wins and be crowned state champion. McIntosh set out on their journey to the ground with a pair of dominant round one wins Wednesday.

The Lady Chiefs kicked off their playoff run in dominant fashion as they punished the Wayne County Lady Yellow Jackets 14-0. The Lady Chiefs notched their seventh win in a row and look to carry that momentum into the next round.

McIntosh dominated the game from the very beginning, as they immediately showed that their speed and skills were too much for Wayne County to handle. Tariah Miller scored the first goal at 37:50 mark as she beat the Wayne County defenders in a foot race. Bailey Wagenknecht scored a goal in the next minute for a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. Grace Podolski scored next, and Miller got her second goal of the game at the 26:00 mark stretching the lead to 4-0.

When Mackensi Rohn hit McIntosh’s fifth goal, you could feel the energy of Wayne County leave the field with their fate inevitable as the onslaught continued for the rest of the half.

McIntosh continued to score at will, and Wayne County had no way of stopping them. As the game reached 10-0, everyone assumed the game would be stopped due to the Mercy Rule. Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, the game continued because there were only five minutes left in the half. In those five minutes, the Chiefs added insult to injury by scoring four more goals.

Tariah Miller finished the game with a hat trick, while Grace Poldolski and Baily Wagenknecht also scored multiple goals.

McIntosh head coach Casey Kreitner was pleased with what she saw.

“It was a great way to start off our playoff run,” Kreitner explained. “Great passing and great finishing, so it was just a really good team effort.”

The Lady Chiefs look to keep their win streak and championship hopes alive as they will match up against the Locust Grove in the second round.

 

Bailey Lopez heads a Tommy Kim corner kick (below) for the boys’ second goal in a 6-0 rout.

The McIntosh boys put the state on notice as they demolished the Statesboro Blue Devils 6-0. The Chiefs are now on a four-game win streak and will look to win four more games to call themselves champions again.

Both teams came out playing tough. The Blue Devils showed early that they would not be intimidated by McIntosh. However, the talent gap between the two teams was too much for Statesboro to overcome. McIntosh’s Baba Agbaje scored the first goal of the game on a header at the 33:00 mark. This caused the crowd to roar after being dormant until that point.

The next goal came near the end of the half off another header as Bailey Lopez connected off a perfectly-placed Tommy Kim corner.

The Chiefs led 2-0 at the half, and the physicality of the game picked up in the second half. The Blue Devils received a yellow card for a hard side tackle, and McIntosh responded as Kim scored a goal on a free kick outside of the box to stretch the lead to three goals. Kim scored another goal at the 7:00 mark to ice the game for the Chiefs.
Towards the end of the match, McIntosh turned up the pressure and scored two late goals to crush the Blue Devils and claim the win.

Kim and Lopez led the Chiefs with two goals each.

To keep the momentum going throughout the playoffs, McIntosh head coach Bunky Colvin knows his squad must stick to their routine.

“We just have to keep working at the things we’ve been working on,” Colvin said. “We know our next opponent will be a good solid team, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

The Chiefs look to continue their winning ways as they play the Union Grove Wolverines on the road in the second round.

 

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