The # 2 7A Oak Mountain Eagles fell in a hard-fought contest with Georgia high school powerhouse, and six-time state champion McIntosh High School, 1-0 Friday night. The game was played in Peachtree City (Ga.).
Oak Mountain took the road and headed out of state for their 3rd game this week, after posting two consecutive shutouts, and it appeared a third consecutive shutout was in order. Oak Mountain and McIntosh battled to a 0-0 standstill after 40 minutes of play and went to halftime with their fifth consecutive shutout half of the week.
Both teams saw scoring opportunities snuffed, with none bigger than a penalty kick earned by McIntosh with 13 minutes to play. Seeking to put McIntosh ahead, the kick was struck with pace to keeper Zay Brown’s left, who leaped, getting his hand on it, and corralling the miss to preserve the scoreless effort for the time being.
After 70 minutes of action, the Eagles seemingly impenetrable defense finally showed they were human, and McIntosh struck a nice shot into the corner where nobody could get it. The solo goal stood up as Oak Mountain allowed their first goal of the week in three games, falling 1-nil.
Oak Mountain (13-6, 4-1) will take the weekend off, a sorely needed rest and recover period for a team that battled through three tough contests this week, winning two of them, and conceding only one goal. The Eagles will return to action Monday night at Oak Mountain, hosting James Clemens. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m.