Class AAAAA boys soccer championship: McIntosh 2, Houston County 0

Salomon Lorenzano scored in the 8th minute and Chris Perez in the 75th for McIntosh (23-0), which beat Houston County 2-0 for its fourth state championship while recording its 21st shutout.

In a battle of unbeatens, the Chiefs faced few serious offensive threats from the Bears (21-1). McIntosh allowed two goals over the entire season.

McIntosh flooded the goalie box with players to produce Lorenzano’s goal. With a crowd of players in the box, McIntosh’s Carson Brooks drew out Houston goalkeeper Bryce Dawson. The ball deflected to Lorenzano in the right side of the box, where he had a clear shot.

Houston’s best chance to square the score came in the 23rd minute, when Drew Behrman fired a pass into the goalie box, where Steven Moore was cutting to the goal. But Moore couldn’t get a foot on the ball and it rolled out of bounds.

With Houston fighting to create a chance at the equalizer, Perez delivered the clincher in the 75th minute.

15 comments Add your comment

The truth

May 18th, 2013
10:30 pm

Not sure what game you watched but HoCo never had a serious threat of scoring. They played the best game they could and still didn’t have enough. To there fans stop whining its big boy soccer. In big boy soccer you get stuck in.

Dawg '88

May 18th, 2013
10:51 pm

Lack of sportsmanship by a McIntosh fan…there’s a shocker!
Easy to keep winning when you “recruit” kids to play high school
soccer. Sad really. Can’t just accept winning and be gracious.
Got to show the lack of class. Not surprising however.

That's funny

May 19th, 2013
7:19 am

Recruit kids. That’s funny. If PTC had one big high school like some of the Gwinnett county schools they would never lose in soccer.

soccermom

May 19th, 2013
8:27 am

Dawg ‘88 – - – sounds like a sore loser to me!! Go Chiefs!!

McIntosh Coaching Staff

May 19th, 2013
8:57 am

HoCo you played with skill, heart and class. We played good teams in every classification this year and you were the best team we played. It was an honor to play your team for the Championship. You proved yourself to be one of the best teams in the state. Congratulation on a great season.

Houston County

May 19th, 2013
12:55 pm

McIntosh was more prepared in all aspects of the game. Their experience in state championship appearances far out weighed ours as we made history at our school just by making it to the Final Four. It was a learning experience for us because we never truly knew the difference between the “Atlanta” regions vs. our own region. The mismatches in sizes through out the midfield and the speed of play that McIntosh came out with immediately put us on our heels. The Chiefs played a great game, and sadly we did not. Thank you McIntosh Coaching Staff and thanks to your players. It was a well fought victory.

HS 1

May 19th, 2013
5:11 pm

Mcintosh does not recruit players. For years I was very involved with ‘club soccer’ in Fayette County and can tell you that some players literally moved into their district; but were not recruited in. They had a striker move in from Savannah that ended up with the state record for most total goals scored in HS.

But the parents did not ‘pick’ McIntosh as the school district. Their star mid-fielder for the last couple of years started at SMHS – but his family changed homes that changed school districts two years ago. At the time, SMHS was an odds on pick to win the title – not McIntosh.

McIntosh and Starrs Mill both are blessed with very good coaching staffs. Add to it that they are supported by two solid clubs in Fayette County that consistently produce skilled players who have been well coached since they were 8 years old Having a feeder system like that will put you ‘in the hunt’ every year. For example; Starrs Milll started 7 and 8 Sophomores this year and made it to the Quarters… Stands to reason that they will be pretty good next year…

McIntosh deserved the championship. Worked very hard al year long.. No-one should try and take away from that. Congrats to the Chiefs!

Class post by the coaching staff and Houston County. Good luck to both programs.

That Dude Says...

May 19th, 2013
6:05 pm

Dawg 88 as a long time resident of Fayette County I can promise you McIntosh doesn’t recruit. McIntosh soccer has always been a Georgia soccer POWERHOUSE ever since the doors opened in the early 1980’s off Walt Banks Rd in Peachtree City, Ga.

SavannahSoccer

May 20th, 2013
9:46 am

HS 1, who was this striker from Savannah that moved to Fayette County to play for McIntosh?

abdou

May 20th, 2013
12:29 pm

I am a soccer player who played in the same region as Mcintosh this season and let me tell you first off that our region was weak. Region 4 5-AAAAA is very week with weak teams.My school Charles Drew would have beat you guys if we had the talent from last season.Wait let me rephrase that our quarter-final talent that graduated to numerous of D-1 schools but its okay ”Tosh” i applaud you guys for representing our region and bringing home the trophy.Just look for drew to crush and repeat for region title.

abdou

May 20th, 2013
12:30 pm

weak i meant

abdou

May 20th, 2013
12:34 pm

@HS 1
THE REGION WAS WEAK.
LAST YEAR THEY LOST TO LAMBERT WHICH WAS A TOUGH SCHOOL IN A TOUGH REGION.HOW DID YOU GUYS ENJOY MY COUSIN B.K #7 WHO KNOCKED YOU GUYS OUT AND CURRENTLY HOLDS THE PLAYER WITH THE MOST GOALS IN THE STATE. 45 GOALS EXPLAIN THAT AND YOUR LOSS TO LAMBERT LAST SEASON

HS1

May 20th, 2013
9:04 pm

Savannah – his initials are J.B. Not going to give a full name out on a blog.

DapperDanDawg

May 21st, 2013
9:11 am

Having grown up in the area and played Chiefs Soccer, I can assure you that McIntosh does not recruit. There is no money in soccer, so it wouldn’t make sense for a school to recruit for it, even if it won titles. McIntosh benefits from some fantastic clubs in the area as well as fantastic academics. Hats off to this year’s team; they may not have had some of the stars of years past, but top to bottom, they were the best Chiefs team I have seen.

Chris

May 23rd, 2013
3:33 pm

As a member of McIntosh’s charter graduating class in 1984, and a varsity team player my junior year (when there were no seniors at the school) and a senior, I am proud of the tradition we started waaaay back then. :) The “feeder system” through the Lightning organization and others develops these players and the consistency demonstrates the desireability to play in Fayette County. Unless I am mistaken, McIntosh has made the state playoffs, regardless of classification, every year since we were seniors in 1984. That is not a fluke … that is a strong system and a community that supports it. Both th eboys and the girls programs. I’ve since moved 1,000 miles away and still look back every spring to see how they are doing. Congratulations on yet another state title. Go Chiefs!