The McIntosh Lady Chiefs sent themselves into spring break on a high note, scoring a 1-0 road win over Whitewater Friday night.
“There was a lot of tension for a while right up until the end,” said McIntosh coach Marcia Clark of the always intense crosstown rivalry. “I’m pleased with this win. I’m proud of the way the girls showed.”
As always, the Chiefs were incredibly stingy on defense, barely allowing any shots at keeper Emily Lopez. In fact, all season they have only allowed two goals, one on a penalty kick.
“Our defense has been stellar all year,” praised Clark.
Whitewater had one of their best looks early in the second half on a corner kick, but Lopez came through with the save.
Six minutes into the half, the Chiefs struck for the game’s lone goal. Chandler Witucki chipped it in to Hannah Ellison who punched it past the charging keeper. good for her first goal of the season.
With 13 minutes left to play, Whitewater got close again as Ally Smithwick launched a long shot from outside the box, forcing Lopez to make a diving save. She made the save, and Emily Petersen would get a red card for making contact with her trying to get the ball loose.
Ellison nearly scored twice more, missing once just inches wide of the goal and then having a strike waved off with an offsides call.
The win runs McIntosh’s record to 12-0-0. The Lady Chiefs, the top ranked team in AAAAA, will return from break with a tough schedule, including a road showdown against Starr’s Mill, the number two squad, on Friday, April 15.
Whitewater is having another strong campaign of their own. Despite battling a number of crucial injuries and a tough schedule that has them at 8-5 overall, they are still ranked third in AAAA. The Cats have already clinched their region championship thanks to a 4-0 run, with just a game against 0-7 Troup County left to play.
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