OTP MVP Okevious Hawkins of Miller Grove (right) deflects a shot off the foot of ITP’s Luke Narker of Druid Hills. (Photo by Mark Brock)
ITP 5, OTP 0
The OTP won the past two games in the series in penalty kicks by sending the game into overtime, but the ITP made sure there would be no overtime this year with a 5-0 shutout.
The victory gave the ITP a 3-2-1 lead in the series which had been very highly contested each of the previous five years.
Lakeside senior Sean McDaniel got the ITP off to the early 1-0 lead as he put a penalty kick just under the bar just 6:23 into the game.
Four minutes later Druid Hills junior Luke Narker lofted a pass to Clarkston junior Lionel Touroudo who went into the air and nudged the ball into the goal to make it 2-0 in favor of the ITP.
The clock was ticking down under 19 minutes remaining in the half when Lakeside’s Max Wieder found an opener Oyenga Abdufatai of Cedar Grove who scored to give the ITP a 3-0 lead.
Trailing 3-0, OTP’s Okevious Hawkins of Miller Grove got a free kick following an offsides call on the ITP. Hawkins lofted the ball to the goal and in for an apparent goal to cut the lead to 3-1. The goal was disallowed as a direct kick which was not touched by another player.
The ITP took the 3-0 lead into the half.
The OTP came out with pressure to open the second half and an opportunity to trim the lead to 3-1 bounced off the right goal post and back into play.
The two teams would go the next 17 minutes without many opportunities until McDaniel found Wieder on a give and go to make it 4-0 with 21:13 to play in the game.
A breakaway by Towers’ Kanghi Bavon with 14:50 was the icing for the ITP to make the final of 5-0.
McDaniel who had a goal and an assist in the game as well as some nice passes for scoring opportunities by his teammates was named the ITP MVP.
Okevious Hawkins who had a goal disallowed and played most of the game with an injured hand/wrist was named the OTP MVP for his defensive play and courage.
The win sent Lakeside coach Ben Smith out on a winning note in his final game as the head coach. The Vikings finished 20-1-0 this season under Smith losing a tough 1-0 Class 6A quarterfinal game to Milton after running off 20 consecutive wins.
ITP leads series 3-2-1
2011 – ITP 2, OTP 2: Goals — ITP Moises Medina (Cross Keys), Jordy Banegas (Cross Keys); OTP Roy Dixon (Miller Grove), Robel Davis (SW DeKalb)
2012 – ITP 2, OTP 0: Goals – ITP Christian Villalaba (Chamblee), Jose Perez (Chamblee)
2013 – ITP 1, OTP 0: Goals – ITP Fahad (Clarkston)
2014 – OTP 1, ITP 1: OTP wins 6-5 in PKs; Goals – OTP Rodrigo Perriera (Dunwoody); ITP Mohammed Tombadou (Towers)
2015 – OTP2, ITP 2: OTP wins 5-4 in PKs; Goals – ITP Max Weider (Lakeside), Anton Muresan (Druid Hills); OTP Kalen Campbell (Tucker), German Ruiz (Stone Mountain)
2016 – ITP 5, OTP 0: Goals – ITP Sean McDaniel (Lakeside), Lionel Touroudo (Clarkston), Oyenga Abdufatai (Cedar Grove), Max Weider (Lakeside), Kanghi Bavon (Towers); OTP — None
2011 – OTP N/A; ITP N/A
2012 – OTP N/A; ITP N/A
2013 – OTP Josiah Saydee (Tucker); ITP Alexis Briceno (Cross Keys)
2014 – OTP Rodrigo Perriera (Dunwoody); ITP Julian Rugel (Druid Hills)
2015 – OTP German Ruiz (Stone Mountain); ITP Max Weider (Lakeside)
2016 – OTP – Okevious Hawkins (Miller Grove); ITP Sean McDaniel (Lakeside)
ITP leads series 5-0-1
2011 – ITP 4, OTP 1: Goals – ITP Jane Neiswander (Druid Hills) 2, Taylor Smith (Chamblee), Allison Jones (Chamblee); OTP Becka Kilbourne (Dunwoody)
2012 – ITP 3, OTP 0: Goals – ITP Summer Bader (Lakeside), Claudia Holbrook (Chamblee), Brea Butler (Columbia); OTP None
2013 – ITP 2, OTP 2: Goals – ITP Ally Jones (Chamblee), Caroline Friedman (Chamblee); OTP – Kristen Peagler (SW DeKalb), Anna Doddler (Dunwoody)
2014 – ITP 2, OTP 0: Goals – ITP Ashlee Graham (Lakeside), Jane Morrow (Chamblee); OTP None
2015 – ITP 2, OTP 1: Goals – ITP Ashlee Graham (Lakeside), Sara Weber (Lakeside); OTP Juveina Hylton (Arabia Mountain)
2016 – ITP 4, OTP 1: Goals – ITP Alison Rugel (Druid Hills) 2, Emma Gray (Lakeside), Kamilah Mustafa (Chamblee), Indigo Childs (Druid Hills); OTP Jasmine Mathis (M.L. King Jr.)
2011 – OTP N/A; ITP N/A
2012 – OTP N/A; ITP Claudia Holbrook (Chamblee)
2013 – OTP Daijah Derimus (Tucker); ITP Jenna Miller (Druid Hills)
2014 – OTP Nettie Brown (Arabia Mountain); ITP Ashlee Graham (Lakeside)
2015 – OTP Juveina Hylton (Arabia Mountain; ITP Ashlee Graham (Lakeside)
2016 – OTP Jasmine Mathis (M.L. King Jr.); ITP Alison Rugel (Druid Hills)