Northgate girls upset McIntosh; playing for AAAAA title
Vikings to face Whitewater team that knocked off Starr's Mill Tuesday night
The Lady Chiefs of McIntosh High School were less than four minutes away from their third straight state championship appearance, but Northgate High School erased a late deficit to send the Vikings to the state finals for the first time in school history.
The Vikings won 2-1 in overtime in Tuesday's Class AAAAA state semifinals and will play Whitewater High School Saturday for the state championship at 5 p.m. at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.
Lily Barron scored the game-tying goal with just 3:59 left in the second half and later the game-winner in overtime on an assist from junior Katie Mitchell.
“You have to tip your cap to Northgate, they played a good game and we wish them the best,” McIntosh head coach Marcia Clark said.
The Vikings held the two-time defending state champions in check for the majority of the match. The first half was scoreless for both teams, as McIntosh missed several opportunities including a couple of key corner kicks in the first half.
Finally McIntosh’s Hannah Hartman converted a header off a corner kick in the 68th minute to take the slim lead.
“We needed to keep attacking; a one-point lead is pretty fragile with that amount of time left,” said Clark.
With 3:59 left to play, Northgate’s Barron sent a shot just over the outstretched hands of McIntosh goalie Kaitlin Deitrick to tie the game.
The Chiefs stormed down the field with 44 seconds left. On a corner kick, the Chiefs appeared to put the ball just past the line of Northgate’s keeper but the referees ruled no goal, sending the game into overtime.
Just a minute and a half into the first overtime period the Vikings would strike again. McIntosh keeper Deitrick made an aggressive play in an attempt to halt Northgate’s Mitchell, resulting in a three-player collision. Mitchell managed to cross the ball to Barron who landed the game-winning shot.