The four remaining nationally ranked boys soccer teams from Georgia all advanced to the state finals and all hoisted state championship trophies after the dust settled from the finals. Following top-ranked McIntosh’s 8-1 blistering of Houston County, the tone was set for the rest of the field.
GAC, the next highest ranked team from Georgia, completed their undefeated season with a 3-0 victory over Westminster to win the class 2A state championship. Ryan Marcno led the Spartans with two goals and Kelly Jones added another. Greater Atlanta Christian finishes the season 23-0, ranked No,1 in class 2A in Georgia and No.3 nationally in the NSCAA Top 20.
Justin Macias and Javier Rodriguez scored Dalton’s only goals in the Catamounts 2-0 win over Johnson-Gainesville. With the win Dalton is unbeaten in their last 44 matches, the lone blemish was a tie last season. Dalton finishes the season 22-0-1 and are 44-0-1 over the past two seasons. The Catamounts are ranked sixth nationally in the NSCAA Top 20.
Brookwood is ranked ninth in the NSCAA Top 20 and had to get by cross Gwinnett county foe Mill Creek (18-3) in overtime in the 6A state finals. Mill Creek was making their first-ever state championship game appearance and were more than just showing up at to the party. The Hawks broke the ice of a scoreless contest with a goal from Jack Giles for a 1-0 advantage. Brookwood (22-1) answered moments later with a goal from Jordan Locke tying the game at one with just over 4 minutes left in remaining in regulation. In the extra session Alfredo Rivera’s goal gave the Broncos a 2-1 lead and they would hold to win their third state championship and first on 10 years.
The updated spring NCSCAA Top 20 poll will be released on Tuesday My 20th and all four teams look to be safely in the top 10 with McIntosh in line for the national championship.
The McIntosh Chiefs completed their second consecutive undefeated season defeating the same squad they did last season for the Georgia 5A state championship. Houston County is a well-respected soccer program that churns out quality talent in the middle Georgia area yet can’t find a way to get by the nations No.1 ranked club.
Houston County was no stranger to coming back from behind in the postseason however you can only go to the well so often. Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year Adam Sheikali tallied a hat trick to put the Chiefs up 3-0 providing Houston County with it;s highest mountain to climb. Houston County’s star Steven Moore added a late first half goal to make it 3-1 at recess
Didrik Cooper-Siep took over in the second half for McIntosh by putting up his own hat trick giving McIntosh a 6-1 advantage as they would go on to win 8-1. McIntosh finishes the season 21-0 , outscoring state tournament opponents 28-2 in the process.
The victory all but locked up McIntosh’s national championship bid as they’re currently ranked No.1 and been all season in the spring NSCAA Top 20 rankings. The final rankings will be released on May 20th, McIntosh should retain the top spot.
Georgia is represented by five schools from four different classifications in the Boys national rankings. Four of the five advanced to the semifinals this week. Top-ranked McIntosh defeated No.15 Gainesville 6-1 in the quarterfinals. The Chiefs will face Greenbrier in one 5A semifinal while Houston County and Clarke Central will meet in a rematch of last years semifinal.
Third-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian will meet Thomasville in one 2A semifinal. GAC has outscored their state tournament opponents 25-0 while Thomasville is outscoring their opponents 19-2 in state tournament action. Wesleyan and Westminster will meet in the other 2A semifinal.
Sixth-ranked Dalton is averaging 8 goals per game during state tournament play and will meet Spaulding County in one 4A semifinal. Southeast Whitefield and Johnson-Gainesville meet in the other 4A semifinal.
Ninth-ranked Brookwood has not allowed a goal in the state tournament. The Broncos plays Douglas County in one 6A semifinal. Mill Creek and Harrison will meet in the other 6A semifinal. Mill Creek is making their first appearance in the semifinals after defeating Hillgrove 3-1 in the quarterfinals.
The semifinals are Tuesday May 13th with the finals on Friday May 16th and Saturday May 17th. The next NSCAA Spring Top 20 national rankings will be released on May 20th.
The Georgia boys soccer playoffs will fill in its second round and quarterfinal brackets this week. Currently there are five teams- four in the Top 10- from Georgia nationally ranked in the latest NSCAA Top 20. Defending 5A champion McIntosh is ranked No.1 followed by Greater Atlanta Christian at No. 3 in the Top 5, both are undefeated. GAC tied Murray County and Thomasville with a first round-high 10 goals in their 10- 0 victory over Union County in the state playoffs.
Sixth-ranked Dalton recorded a class 4A-high 11 goals defeating Sandy Creek 11-1, No.9 Brookwood shut out South Forsyth 3-0 and No.15 Gainesville won 2-0 over Tucker in the first round- are still alive in the state playoffs in their classification.
Region 8-5A champ Clarke Central poses a threat in class 5A with McIntosh and Gainesville. Clarke Central advanced to the second round with a 3-0 victory over Dunwoody and would not meet either until the state championship match after possibly having a win over 5A runner-up Houston County. Houston County defeated Clarke Central in the semifinals on their way to their runner-up finish last season.
South Carolina will begin their state tournament next week, May 13th. Wando despite having a tie comes in at No.2 while one-loss J.L. Mann is No. 12.
The complete National Soccer Coaches Association of America Spring 2014 rankings as of late April are here.