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Hoover, Vestavia Hills Claim 7A Soccer Crowns; St. Paul’s, Homewood win 6A Titles

Saturday’s Results at the 29th AHSAA State Soccer Championships

HUNTSVILLE – Hoover claimed the Class 7A boys’  state soccer title and St. Paul’s Episcopal won the Class 6A state title Saturday at John Hunt Soccer Complex with both finals grinding through two overtimes and a shootout.
   Homewood won the Class 6A state girls’ crown in dramatic fashion as well while Vestavia Hills repeated at Class 7A girls’ state soccer champs by extending  the Rebels’ current winning streak to 28 in a row.
    The 29th AHSAA State Soccer Championships concluded the 2019 season with the 6A and 7A championships Saturday. The NFHS Network live-streamed all AHSAA soccer championship matches and have them archived for viewing at
www.nfhsnetwork.com.

Class 7A Boys’ Finals
Hoover 3, Enterprise 2 (2 OT, 5-3 in shootout)
    HUNTSVILLE – The Hoover Bucs of Coach Kris Keplinger (19-4-3) were pushed to the limit in Saturday’s Class 7A Boys’ Soccer Championship match but prevailed to nip Enterprise 3-2. The Bucs won their first state soccer title since 2003 with some clutch play by junior Richard Ujueta. He had both Hoover goals in regulation, then was one of five Bucs to nail their kicks to capture the title with a 5-3 edge in the shootout. Hoover goalkeeper Max Rudolph stopped the Wildcats (14-6-4) on their fourth shootout kick attempt to seal the win.
     Hoover’s lineup of Sam Bauder, Ujueta, Nicholas Ibanez, Igor Rudolph and Finn Dowdey all drilled their shots past the Wildcats’ keeper Logan Smith, even though he did come close to blocking two. 
     Coach Bruce Ladner sent Tyler Howard, Rasheed Bolaji, Edgar Munoz and Anthony Venezia to the line in the shootout with the first three nailing their kicks. Rudolph stopped the last shot, however, to end the match.
    Ujeuta, named the Class 7A state championship boys’ MVP, tied the contest in the first half on a goal assisted by Ibanez at 34:34. Enterprise’s Sebastian Guerrero opened the scoring at 21:32 when slipped his kick into the goal. The shot was set up by Bolaji’s assist.
    Ujueta gave Hoover the lead at 72-23 in the second period with his second goal. Caleb Cusineau was credited with the assist. The Wildcats clawed back, however, sending the match into overtime when Andre Mazariegos scored with only 25 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the match and send it into overtime at 2-2. Neither team scored in either overtime period to set up the final shootout.
 

Class 6A Boys Final
St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Fort Payne 2 (2 OT, 5-3 in shootout)
    HUNTSVILLE – St. Paul’s Episcopal and Fort Payne replicated the intense action of the  earlier Class 7A boys’ championship match with its match that lasted almost 90 minutes from start to finish as the Saints squeezed out a 3-2 victory that rolled through two overtimes and concluded with a dramatic 5-3 edge in the deciding shootout.
    Tradition-steeped Fort Payne (17-9-1), coached by Tom Shanklin, took the early lead with senior Aaron Chavez delivering the first goal and a 1-0 Wildcats lead just 2:49 into the championship match.  Kenneth Toledo got the assist. Toledo picked up his second assist of the match in the second period when senior Erin Escobar landed Fort Payne’s second goal to take a commanding 2-0 lead.
    The Saints (17-6-2) of Coach Chad Harrelson were not through, however. Senior Nicholas Alford drilled a pass from teammate Coleman Little for a goal at 70:07 to cut the Wildcats lead to 2-1. St. Paul’s then tied the match at  2-2 when Little, who earned Class 6A boys’ state championship MVP, picked up his second assist with a corner kick pass to Turner Boulo and the junior forward drove the shot home to tie the match at 2-2.
     Both teams had scoring opportunities in the overtime periods, but failed to score.
      Harrelson sent Nathaniel Hudson, Little, goalkeeper Grayson Myles, Oladipupo Fagbongbe and Matthew Clarke to the mark in the shootout with all five managing goals.  Fort Payne’s Toledo, Ruben Robles and Chavez had successful kicks, but Miguel Reyes’ shot missed its mark.
   The state championship was the first boys’ state soccer title in St. Paul’s history. The Saints moved to 6A this season from Class 4A/5A.
    Fort Payne won state titles in 2011 and 2015.

    
Class 7A Girls’ Soccer Finals

Vestavia Hills 2, McGill-Toolen Catholic 0
    HUNTSVILLE – Vestavia Hills blanked McGill-Toolen Catholic 2-0 – scoring both goals in the first 14:41 of the match en route to finishing off a perfect 22-0-0 season with the AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state championship win.
    The Lady Rebels (22-0-0) of Coach Brigid Meadow also tied the state’s longest  girls’ soccer winning streak by claiming their 28th victory in a row. The last loss came on April 13, 2018 to James Clemens 3-2. The Rebels beat the Jets in last year’s playoffs one month later and also won 5-1 in  the semifinals over James Clemens on Friday.
       Vestavia, which has six girls’ state championships (2019, 2018, 2016, 2007, 2005 and 2001), now shares the AHSAA’s longest winning streak record with Oak Mountain, which equaled that mark in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Mountain Brook won 26 in a row from 2008-2009, Oak Mountain won 26 in a row in 2004 and Westbrook Christian won 24 in a row in 2015.
    Senior forward Lizzie Hill put the Rebels ahead for good with a goal just 6:30 into the match. She finished with four shots on goal and earned Class 7A girls’ state championship MVP honors.  Sophomore Riley Vicinanzo scored the second goal eight minutes later at 14:41. The tenacious Rebels defense did the rest.
    McGill-Toolen (14-5-2), coached by Cheryl Flores, managed seven shots on goal, three by Hannah Pitts, but Vestavia’s senior goalkeeper Anna Woodson recorded six saves to seal the shutout.  McGill-Toolen goalkeeper Baily Dixon had seven saves.
     Vestavia Hills has won the 7A state championship three of the last four years. McGill-Toolen has the other title (2017).


Class 6A Girls’ Soccer Finals
Homewood 3, Chelsea 2
    HUNTSVILLE – Homewood High School’s Lady Patriots (19-4-5) of Coach Mindy McBride scored late in the second period to nip Chelsea 3-2 in a dramatic come-from-behind win to clinch the school’s first-ever girls’ AHSAA state soccer title.
   Junior Claire Touliatos got the winning goal at 70:51, thanks to an assist from Eleanor Kyle.  Just 73 seconds earlier, Kyle, a sophomore, tied the match at 2-2 with a goal assisted by Maggie O’Hare and Marguerite Middlemas.
    O’Hare managed the first goal of  the match just 14:34 into the finals, scoring on an assist from Audrey Nabors. Chelsea (21-3-1), coached by Jonathan Hammett, tied the match at 21:20 on a goal by Kailey Littleford. The Hornets took the lead in the second period when Morgan Bright scored at the 61:24 mark.
   Homewood senior goalkeeper Jada Repp earned Class 6A girls’ state championship MVP registering four saves. Chelsea goalkeeper Titus MacKenzie had three saves.
   The Lady Hornets won state titles in 2012 and 2017. Chelsea and Homewood played once during the regular season in 2019 with the Patriots losing 4-3.


AHSAA State Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville
Finals set for Saturday (6A and 7A) begin at 10 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals.

CLASS 1A/3A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (13-6-2) 2, Westminster Christian (12-8-1) 0
Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1) 4, Cottage Hill Christian (17-5-0) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (15-6-1)  5, Collinsville (16-7-0) 1
Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-7-0) 1


CLASS 4A/5A 
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (12-5-3) 0
Montgomery Academy (21-3-1) 5, John Carroll Catholic (13-4-1) 2

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Springville (20-6-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (16-6-1) 1
Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 2, Montgomery Academy (24-6-0) 1

CLASS 6A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS

Homewood (18-4-5) 8, Decatur (12-6-2) 0
Chelsea (21-2-1) 8, St. Paul’s Episcopal (17-4-2) 0


BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Fort Payne (17-9-1) 2, Homewood (19-3-4) 0
St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2) 2, Pelham (16-10-1) 1



CLASS 7A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Vestavia Hills (21-0-0) 5, James Clemens (13-5-2) 1
McGill-Toolen (14-4-2) 2, Auburn (14-7-3) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Hoover (18-4-3) 2, Florence (15-4-0) 1 (2 OT)
Enterprise (14-5-4) 4, McGill-Toolen Catholic (18-6-4) 3 (2 OT)

AHSAA STATE FINALS
(All live-streamed by the NFHS Network, www.nfhsnetwork.com)
Class 1A/3A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Bayside Academy (20-2-2) 2, Altamont (15-7-1) 0
Class 4A/5A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Montgomery Academy (22-3-1) 2, Southside-Gadsden (21-3-0) 1
Class 4A/5A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Briarwood Christian (21-1-2) 5, Springville (20-7-0) 0 
Class 1A/3A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Westminster-Oak Mountain (17-2-1) 3, Altamont (13-8-2) 2 (OT)

Class 7A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.

Hoover (19-4-3) 3, Enterprise (14-6-4) 2 (2 OT, shootout, 5-3)
Class 6A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Homewood (19-4-5) 3, Chelsea (21-3-1) 2
Class 6A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon
St. Paul’s Episcopal (17-5-2) 3, Fort Payne (17-10-2) 2 (2 OT. Shootout, 5-3)
Class 7A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon

Vestavia Hills (22-0-0) 2, McGill-Toolen Catholic (14-5-2) 0


Hoover, Homewood Claim Soccer Crowns

HUNTSVILLE – Hoover claimed Class 7A boys’  state soccer title Saturday at John Hunt Soccer Complete and Homewood won the Class 6A state girls’ crown. Both teams won in dramatic fashion.  The 6A boys’ and 7A girls’ finals were still underway Saturday afternoon as the 29th AHSAA State Soccer Championships conclude the 2019 season with the championships being held at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
    The NFHS Network is live-streaming all AHSAA soccer championship matches.
   

Class 7A Boys’ Finals
Hoover 3, Enterprise 2 (2 OT, 5-3 in shootout)
    HUNTSVILLE – The Hoover Bucs of Coach Kris Keplinger (19-4-3) were pushed to the limit in Saturday’s Class 7A Boys’ Soccer Championship match but prevailed to nip Enterprise 3-2. The Bucs won their first state soccer title since 2003 with some clutch play by junior Richard Ujueta. He had both Hoover goals in regulation, then was one of five Bucs to nail their kicks to capture the title with a 5-3 edge in the shootout. Hoover goalkeeper Max Rudolph stopped the Wildcats (14-6-4) on their fourth shootout kick attempt to seal the win.
     Hoover’s lineup of Sam Bauder, Ujueta, Nicholas Ibanez, Igor Rudolph and Finn Dowdey all drilled their shots past the Wildcats’ keeper Logan Smith, even though he did come close to blocking two. 
     Coach Bruce Ladner sent Tyler Howard, Rasheed Bolaji, Edgar Munoz and Anthony Venezia to the line in the shootout with the first three nailing their kicks. Rudolph stopped the last shot, however, to end the match.
    Ujeuta, named the Class 7A state championship boys’ MVP, tied the contest in the first half on a goal assisted by Ibanez at 34:34. Enterprise’s Sebastian Guerrero opened the scoring at 21:32 when slipped his kick into the goal. The shot was set up by Bolaji’s assist.
    Ujueta gave Hoover the lead at 72-23 in the second period with his second goal. Caleb Cusineau was credited with the assist. The Wildcats clawed back, however, sending the match into overtime when Andre Mazariegos scored with only 25 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the match and send it into overtime at 2-2. Neither team scored in either overtime period to set up the final shootout.
 


Class 6A Girls’ Soccer Finals
Homewood 3, Chelsea 2
    HUNTSVILLE – Homewood High School’s Lady Patriots (19-4-5) of Coach Mindy McBride scored late in the second period to nip Chelsea 3-2 in a dramatic come-from-behind win to clinch the school’s first-ever girls’ AHSAA state soccer title.
   Junior Claire Touliatos got the winning goal at 70:51, thanks to an assist from Eleanor Kyle.  Just 73 seconds earlier, Kyle, a sophomore, tied the match at 2-2 with a goal assisted by Maggie O’Hare and Marguerite Middlemas.
    O’Hare managed the first goal of  the match just 14:34 into the finals, scoring on an assist from Audrey Nabors. Chelsea (21-3-1), coached by Jonathan Hammett, tied the match at 21:20 on a goal by Kailey Littleford. The Hornets took the lead in the second period when Morgan Bright scored at the 61:24 mark.
   Homewood senior goalkeeper Jada Repp earned Class 6A girls’ state championship MVP registering four saves. Chelsea goalkeeper Titus MacKenzie had three saves.
   The Lady Hornets won state titles in 2012 and 2017. Chelsea and Homewood played once during the regular season in 2019 with the Patriots losing 4-3.


AHSAA State Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville
Finals set for Saturday (6A and 7A) begin at 10 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals.

CLASS 1A/3A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (13-6-2) 2, Westminster Christian (12-8-1) 0
Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1) 4, Cottage Hill Christian (17-5-0) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (15-6-1)  5, Collinsville (16-7-0) 1
Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-7-0) 1


CLASS 4A/5A 
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (12-5-3) 0
Montgomery Academy (21-3-1) 5, John Carroll Catholic (13-4-1) 2

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Springville (20-6-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (16-6-1) 1
Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 2, Montgomery Academy (24-6-0) 1

CLASS 6A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS

Homewood (18-4-5) 8, Decatur (12-6-2) 0
Chelsea (21-2-1) 8, St. Paul’s Episcopal (17-4-2) 0


BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Fort Payne (17-9-1) 2, Homewood (19-3-4) 0
St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2) 2, Pelham (16-10-1) 1



CLASS 7A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Vestavia Hills (21-0-0) 5, James Clemens (13-5-2) 1
McGill-Toolen (14-4-2) 2, Auburn (14-7-3) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Hoover (18-4-3) 2, Florence (15-4-0) 1 (2 OT)
Enterprise (14-5-4) 4, McGill-Toolen Catholic (18-6-4) 3 (2 OT)

AHSAA STATE FINALS
(All live-streamed by the NFHS Network, www.nfhsnetwork.com)
Class 1A/3A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Bayside Academy (20-2-2) 2, Altamont (15-7-1) 0
Class 4A/5A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Montgomery Academy (22-3-1) 2, Southside-Gadsden (21-3-0) 1
Class 4A/5A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Briarwood Christian (21-1-2) 5, Springville (20-7-0) 0 
Class 1A/3A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Westminster-Oak Mountain (17-2-1) 3, Altamont (13-8-2) 2 (OT)

Class 7A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.

Hoover (19-4-3) 3, Enterprise (14-6-4) 2 (2 OT, shootout, 5-3)
Class 6A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Homewood (19-4-5) 3, Chelsea (21-3-1) 2
Class 6A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon
Fort Payne (17-9-2) vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2)
Class 7A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon

Vestavia Hills (21-0-0) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (14-4-2)


Montgomery Academy, Briarwood, Westminster-Oak Mountain, Bayside Win State Titles

HUNTSVILLE – Montgomery Academy and Westminster-Oak Mountain claimed girls’ state titles while Briarwood Christian and Bayside Academy captured boys’ state championships at John Hunt Soccer Complex Friday night as the 29th AHSAA State Soccer Championships moved into its championship match phase.
    The Eagles beat Southside-Gadsden 2-1 in the Class 4A/5A girls’ final and Westminster-Oak Mountain beat Altamont 3-2 in overtime in the Class 1A/3A girls’ title match. Bayside Academy won the 1A/3A boys’ championship 2-0 over Altamont and Briarwood Christian won its fifth state crown overall beating Springville 5-0.
     Classes 6A and 7A will conduct championship matches beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday to close out the 2019 championships. All finals are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform at
www.nfhsnetwork.com.

Class 4A/5A Girls’ Finals
Montgomery Academy 2, Southside-Gadsden 1
    HUNTSVILLE – Montgomery Academy scored two goals in the first 25 minutes Friday night and then staved off Southside-Gadsden’s comeback effort to win the  AHSAA Class 4A/5A girls’ state title 2-1.
    Junior Brooke Horne notched the first goal at the 7:18 mark – a goal made even more significant since it was the first goal allowed by Southside (21-3-0) since early February – a stretch resulted in 18 straight shutout wins and 36 consecutive periods without allowing a goal.
     Eighth grader Hayes Jenkins added the all-important second goal on a pass from Tara Katz for coach Carter Tuck’s Eagles at 25:07 of the first period. Katz, a senior, earned 4A/5A championship series MVP.
     Coach Tiffany Julien Carglile’s Panthers battled back, however, shutting out Montgomery Academy in the second half. Senior Hallie-Kate Smith brought Southside within striking distance with a goal at 59:33. Rebecca Johnson supplied the assist. The Eagles defense, however, also rose to the top down the stretch to seal the win.
    Southside managed only four shots on goal with Eagles’ keeper Millie Stevenson recording three saves. Southside keeper Savanna Blackwell had eight saves.
    The state championship was the first soccer title in Class 4A/5A for Montgomery Academy, which won the 1A/3A titles in 2018 and 2017. The Eagles girls have won eight state soccer championships since 2001.


Class 4A/5A Boys’ Soccer Finals
Briarwood Christian 5, Springville 0
    HUNTSVILLE – The Briarwood Christian Lions (21-1-3) of Coach Shawn Brower   jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and cruised to a 5-0 victory over Springville (20-7) in the championship match of the 2019 AHSAA Class 4A/5A State Boys’ Soccer Championships.
    Senior Logan Frost, who earned 4A/5A championship series MVP, sophomore Trent Malloy and senior Jackson Stubbs each scored a goal in the first 16 minutes of the opening period for Briarwood and  the Lions picked up a team goal six minutes later.  Hamilton Bowen, a senior forward, managed the final goal at 66:10 in the final period.
    The title was the Lions fifth since 2001 and the first since 2013.
    Springville Coach Cody Wilkerson used five goalkeepers in the contest with Evan Paddock recording four saves in just under 53 minutes on goal.
    Sam Candler had two saves for Briarwood.
 

Class 1A/3A Girls’ Finals
Westminster-Oak Mountain 3, Altamont 2 (OT)
    HUNTSVILLE – Westminster-Oak Mountain captured the school’s  first-ever girls’ state soccer championship Friday night. Westminster (17-2-1), coached by Coach Jay Hammond, got the match-ending goal at 85:51 when junior Morgan White scored in overtime to seal a 3-2 the win.
    Senior Tori Deen, who was selected MVP of the 1A/3A girls’ championship series, scored the first goal for Westminster just 41 seconds into the match on an assist from Ella Davenport. Altamont’s Mimi Davis tied the championship battle at 18:07 for Altamont (13-8-2) with the Knights’ first goal. White notched her first of two goals on the night early in the second period on an assist from Katie Hoaglund, and Ava Muller tied the match at 77:43 with goal set up by Davis’ assist. The two teams then played seven more minutes before White’s second goal settled the outcome.


Class 1A/3A Boys’ Soccer Finals
Bayside Academy 2, Altamont 0
    HUNTSVILLE – Bayside Academy (20-2-2) of Coach Jamie Ferguson scored both goals in a 14-minute stretch midway through the second period to beat Altamont 2-0 in the 1A/3A boys’ state championship match. The soccer championship was the second boys’ title in school history. The Admirals also won in 2016.
    Rece Beardsley, a sophomore forward, notched the first goal of the finals with the assist from fellow sophomore Trey Clements at 50:38 in the second period. Clements was selected Class 1A/3A championship series MVP.  Junior Sergi Cebrian delivered an insurance goal at 64:12.
     Altamont (15-7-1) managed only four shots, three by Daniel Kutsch, versus the Admirals defense and none on goal.


AHSAA State Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville
Finals set for Saturday (6A and 7A) begin at 10 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals.

CLASS 1A/3A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (13-6-2) 2, Westminster Christian (12-8-1) 0
Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1) 4, Cottage Hill Christian (17-5-0) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (15-6-1)  5, Collinsville (16-7-0) 1
Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-7-0) 1


CLASS 4A/5A 
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (12-5-3) 0
Montgomery Academy (21-3-1) 5, John Carroll Catholic (13-4-1) 2

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Springville (20-6-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (16-6-1) 1
Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 2, Montgomery Academy (24-6-0) 1

CLASS 6A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS

Homewood (18-4-5) 8, Decatur (12-6-2) 0
Chelsea (21-2-1) 8, St. Paul’s Episcopal (17-4-2) 0


BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Fort Payne (17-9-1) 2, Homewood (19-3-4) 0
St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2) 2, Pelham (16-10-1) 1



CLASS 7A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Vestavia Hills (21-0-0) 5, James Clemens (13-5-2) 1
McGill-Toolen (14-4-2) 2, Auburn (14-7-3) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Hoover (18-4-3) 2, Florence (15-4-0) 1 (2 OT)
Enterprise (14-5-4) 4, McGill-Toolen Catholic (18-6-4) 3 (2 OT)

AHSAA STATE FINALS
(All live-streamed by the NFHS Network, www.nfhsnetwork.com)
Class 1A/3A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Bayside Academy (20-2-2) 2, Altamont (15-7-1) 0
Class 4A/5A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Montgomery Academy (22-3-1) 2, Southside-Gadsden (21-3-0) 1
Class 4A/5A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Briarwood Christian (21-1-2) 5, Springville (20-7-0) 0 
Class 1A/3A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Westminster-Oak Mountain (17-2-1) 3, Altamont (13-8-2) 2 (OT)


Class 7A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Hoover (18-4-3) vs. Enterprise (14-5-4)
Class 6A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Homewood (18-4-5) vs. Chelsea (21-2-1)
Class 6A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon
Fort Payne (17-9-2) vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2)
Class 7A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon

Vestavia Hills (21-0-0) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (14-4-2)


Enterprise, Hoover Advance to Class 7A Boys’ Soccer Finals with Semifinal Triumphs Friday

Class 7A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals
Enterprise
    HUNTSVILLE – The Enterprise Wildcats scored in second overtime to nip McGill-Toolen Catholic 4-3 in the AHSAA Class 7A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals Friday afternoon at John Hunt Soccer Complex. Coach Bruce Ladner’s Cats (14-5-4) will take on Hoover (18-4-3), a 2-1 overtime winner over Florence in the other semifinal, Saturday at 10 a.m., in the state finals.
    The 29th AHSAA Class 6A Girls’ Soccer Championships got underway Thursday with semifinal matches in Classes 1A/3A and 4A/5A for boys and girls. Friday’s schedule includes Class 6A and Class 7A boys’ and girls’ semifinals as well as the 1A/3A and 4A/5A girls’ and boys’ championship matches.
     All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform at
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    Senior midfielder Tyler Howard got the game-winning goal at 89:43 of the marathon battle. The two teams were tied 2-2 after the first period, 3-3 at the end of regulation and was still tied at 3 all after the first overtime.
   Enterprise also got the first goal of the night when senior Rasheed Bolaji scored on a feed from Sam Mazariegos at 25:33 in the first period. McGill-Toolen took the lead 2-1 in a span of just 48 seconds on goals by John Thompson and Luke Picicci. The first score came at 32:17 and the second at 33:05 on an assist from Kam Simms.
   
Enterprise needed only four minutes to knot the match at 2-2 when Mazariegos nailed a shot at 37:00 for a goal. He also put the Wildcats ahead 3-2 at 59:10 with his second goal of the night on an assist from Bolaji. The Yellow Jackets’ Simms then tied the match at 70:57 with an assist from Cam Stephens.


Class 7A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals
Hoover 2, Florence 1
    HUNTSVILLE – The Hoover Bucs (18-4-3) broke a 1-1 tie in the second overtime when senior forward Lawson Shaw scored the match-winning goal in the 2-1 win over Florence ((15-4-0).
    The Falcons scored early to take a 1-0 lead when sophomore Donar Ramos scored just 3:28 into the match. Florence still held that lead with seven minutes gone in the second period when junior Seth Davis tied the match with a goal at the 52:11 mark.
    Florence goalkeeper Chase Puryear had eight saves and Hoover keeper Maw Rudolph also had eight saves.  Hoover will by vying for its second state title, winning its first I 2003. Enterprise is going for its first state crown.   


AHSAA State Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville
Semi-final matches are scheduled 1A/3A and 4A/5A Thursday, May 9; for 6A and 7A, Friday, May 10. Finals will be May 10 (1A/3A and 4A/5A) and May 11 (6A and 7A). The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals. Vestavia Hills HS NFHS SBP will live-stream the 7A girls' match Vestavia Hills vs. James Clemens).

CLASS 1A/3A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (13-6-2) 2, Westminster Christian (12-8-1) 0
Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1) 4, Cottage Hill Christian (17-5-0) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (15-6-1)  5, Collinsville (16-7-0) 1
Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-7-0) 1


CLASS 4A/5A 
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (12-5-3) 0
Montgomery Academy (21-3-1) 5, John Carroll Catholic (13-4-1) 2

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Springville (20-6-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (16-6-1) 1
Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 2, Montgomery Academy (24-6-0) 1

CLASS 6A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS

Homewood (18-4-5) 8, Decatur (12-6-2) 0
Chelsea (21-2-1) 8, St. Paul’s Episcopal (17-4-2) 0


BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Fort Payne (17-9-1) 2, Homewood (19-3-4) 0
St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2) 2, Pelham (16-10-1) 1



CLASS 7A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Vestavia Hills (21-0-0) 5, James Clemens (13-5-2) 1
McGill-Toolen (14-4-2) 2, Auburn (14-7-3) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Hoover (18-4-3) 2, Florence (15-4-0) 1 (2 OT)
Enterprise (14-5-4) 4, McGill-Toolen Catholic (18-6-4) 3 (2 OT)

AHSAA STATE FINALS
(All live-streamed by the NFHS Network, www.nfhsnetwork.com)
Class 1A/3A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Altamont (15-6-1)  vs. Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 
Class 4A/5A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) vs. Montgomery Academy (21-3-1)
Class 4A/5A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Springville (20-6-0) vs. Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 
Class 1A/3A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Altamont (13-6-2) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1)


Class 7A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Hoover (18-4-3) vs. Enterprise (14-5-4)
Class 6A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Homewood (18-4-5) vs. Chelsea (21-2-1)
Class 6A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon
Fort Payne (17-9-2) vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2)
Class 7A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon

Vestavia Hills (21-0-0) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (14-4-2)


Vestavia Hills Rallies to Beat James Clemens 5-1 in Class 7A Girls’ Semis for the Lady Rebels’ 27th Straight Win

Friday’s Results at the 29th AHSAA State Soccer Championships

Class 7A Girls’ Soccer Semifinals
Vestavia Hills 5, James Clemens 1
    HUNTSVILLE – Defending Class 7A girls’ state soccer champion Vestavia Hills broke open a 1-1 tie with James Clemens in the 29th AHSAA State Soccer Championships Class 7A girls’ semifinals Friday with three goals in the span of four minutes and closed with a 5-1 victory.
     The Lady Rebels (21-0-0) advanced to the Class 7A state finals to face McGill-Toolen Catholic (19-5-4), a 2-0 winner over Auburn in the other girls’ semifinal, Saturday at noon.
    The 29th AHSAA Class 6A Girls’ Soccer Championships got underway Thursday with semifinal matches in Classes 1A/3A and 4A/5A for boys and girls. Friday’s schedule includes Class 6A and Class 7A boys’ and girls’ semifinals as well as the 1A/3A and 4A/5A girls’ and boys’ championship matches.
     All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform at
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    With the victory, Vestavia Hills, coached by Brigid Meadow, extended its current winning streak to 27 in a row – dating back, ironically, to a 3-2 loss to James Clemens on April 13, 2018 in a regular-season match played at Madison.
    The Rebels took the early lead Friday on a goal at 14:29 by sophomore midfielder Kaylee Dressback.  The Jets (13-4-2), coached by Erin Riddle, recovered quickly tying the score at 1-1 just 29 seconds later on a goal by senior forward Hannah Smid.
    
The two teams were still deadlocked at intermission, but Vestavia over to start the second period when senior Carolina Causey scored at 46:59 to take the lead 2-1. Lizzie Hill, a senior forward, added the Rebels’ third goal at 50:49 and sophomore Alison Stubbs drilled a pass from Causey into the net 41 seconds later to make it 4-1.  Senior Georgia Kamburis closed out the scoring with Vestavia’s final goal at 72:08.
  James Clemens’ goalkeeper Leeann Price finished with eight saves and the Rebels’ keeper Anna Woodson had six. Both teams were aggressive on offense with Vestavia Hills taking 20 shots with 14 on goal and James Clemens had 12, nine on goal.


Class 7A Girls’ Soccer Semifinals
McGill-Toolen Catholic 2, Auburn 0
    HUNTSVILLE – McGill-Toolen Catholic (19-5-4) scored a goal in each period and limited Auburn (17-7-3) to just two shots on goal for the entire 80 minutes to advance to Saturday’s AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state championship match with a 2-0 win.
    McGill-Toolen, coached by Cheryl Flores, took the lead in the first period when sophomore Caroline Naman scored at 30:18.  The final goal came at 67:01 when Naman passed to eighth grader Anna Adams, who drilled the shot into the net.
    Auburn senior goalkeeper Hannah Biglow had nine saves for the game, and Jackets goalkeeper Bailey Dixon had two.
    McGill-Toolen Catholic won its only 7A state championship in 2017.
   


AHSAA State Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville
Semi-final matches are scheduled 1A/3A and 4A/5A Thursday, May 9; for 6A and 7A, Friday, May 10. Finals will be May 10 (1A/3A and 4A/5A) and May 11 (6A and 7A). The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals. Vestavia Hills HS NFHS SBP will live-stream the 7A girls' match Vestavia Hills vs. James Clemens).

CLASS 1A/3A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (13-6-2) 2, Westminster Christian (12-8-1) 0
Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1) 4, Cottage Hill Christian (17-5-0) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (15-6-1)  5, Collinsville (16-7-0) 1
Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-7-0) 1


CLASS 4A/5A 
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (12-5-3) 0
Montgomery Academy (21-3-1) 5, John Carroll Catholic (13-4-1) 2

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Springville (20-6-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (16-6-1) 1
Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 2, Montgomery Academy (24-6-0) 1

CLASS 6A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS

Homewood (18-4-5) 8, Decatur (12-6-2) 0
Chelsea (21-2-1) 8, St. Paul’s Episcopal (17-4-2) 0


BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Fort Payne (17-9-1) 2, Homewood (19-3-4) 0
St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2) 2, Pelham (16-10-1) 1



CLASS 7A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Vestavia Hills (21-0-0) 5, James Clemens (13-5-2) 1
McGill-Toolen (14-4-2) 2, Auburn (14-7-3) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Hoover (17-4-3) vs. Florence (15-3-0), Fri., May 10, 3 p.m.
McGill-Toolen Catholic (18-5-4) vs. Enterprise (13-5-4), Fri., May 10, 3 p.m.


AHSAA STATE FINALS
(All live-streamed by the NFHS Network, www.nfhsnetwork.com)
Class 1A/3A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Altamont (15-6-1)  vs. Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 
Class 4A/5A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) vs. Montgomery Academy (21-3-1)
Class 4A/5A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Springville (20-6-0) vs. Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 
Class 1A/3A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Altamont (13-6-2) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1)


Class 7A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
TBA
Class 6A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Homewood (18-4-5) vs. Chelsea (21-2-1)
Class 6A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon
Fort Payne (17-9-2) vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2)
Class 7A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon

Vestavia Hills (21-0-0) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (14-4-2)


Fort Payne, St. Paul’s Clinch 6A Boys’ Finals Berths

Friday’s Results at the 29th AHSAA State Soccer Championships

Class 6A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals
Fort Payne 2, Homewood 0
    HUNTSVILLE – Fort Payne scored twice in the second period and the Wildcats’ defense did the rest in a 2-0 AHSAA Class 6A boys’ semifinal victory over defending state champion Homewood Friday at John Hunt Soccer Complex.
    The 29th AHSAA Class 6A Girls’ Soccer Championships got underway Thursday with semifinal matches in Classes 1A/3A and 4A/5A for boys and girls. Friday’s schedule includes Class 6A and Class 7A boys’ and girls’ semifinals as well as the 1A/3A and 4A/5A girls’ and boys’ championship matches.
     All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform at
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    With the victory, Fort Payne (17-9-1) will face St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2) in the 6A finals Saturday at noon. Scoring goals for Coach Tony Shanklin’s Wildcats were junior forwards Norman Romero and Kenneth Toledo. The first goal by Romero broke a scoreless tie early in the second period at 46:31. Toledo added the insurance goal with just 34 seconds remaining in the match.
    Fort Payne freshman goalkeeper Alex McPherson had six saves and Homewood junior keeper Noah Klein had eight saves.


Class 6A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals
St. Paul’s Episcopal 2, Pelham 1
    HUNTSVILLE – Senior forward Coleman Little scored two goals, the last one coming at 65:48, to lift St. Paul’s Episcopal past Pelham 2-1 in the Saints Class 6A boys’ state semifinal match Friday at John Hunt Soccer Complex.
    Little gave the Saints (16-6-2) of Coach Chad Harrelson an early lead with the first goal of the match at 5:23 in the first period.  Pelham (16-10-1) tied the match in the second period when senior midfielder Irvin Rodriguez Benitez slipped a shot into the net at 52:29.  Pelham had eight shots on goal, but Saints goalkeeper Grayson Myles stopped six – to secure the win. David Clinton had two saves as the Panthers goalkeeper.



AHSAA State Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville
Semi-final matches are scheduled 1A/3A and 4A/5A Thursday, May 9; for 6A and 7A, Friday, May 10. Finals will be May 10 (1A/3A and 4A/5A) and May 11 (6A and 7A). The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals. Vestavia Hills HS NFHS SBP will live-stream the 7A girls' match Vestavia Hills vs. James Clemens).

CLASS 1A/3A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (13-6-2) 2, Westminster Christian (12-8-1) 0
Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1) 4, Cottage Hill Christian (17-5-0) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (15-6-1)  5, Collinsville (16-7-0) 1
Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-7-0) 1


CLASS 4A/5A 
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (12-5-3) 0
Montgomery Academy (21-3-1) 5, John Carroll Catholic (13-4-1) 2

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Springville (20-6-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (16-6-1) 1
Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 2, Montgomery Academy (24-6-0) 1

CLASS 6A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS

Homewood (18-4-5) 8, Decatur (12-6-2) 0
Chelsea (21-2-1) 8, St. Paul’s Episcopal (17-4-2) 0


BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Fort Payne (17-9-1) 2, Homewood (19-3-4) 0
St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2) 2, Pelham (16-10-1) 1



CLASS 7A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Vestavia Hills (20-0-0) vs. James Clemens (13-4-2), Fri., May 10, 1 p.m. (live-streamed by Vestavia Hills HS NFHS Network SBP)
McGill-Toolen (13-4-2) vs. Auburn (14-6-3), Fri., May 10, 1 p.m.

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Hoover (17-4-3) vs. Florence (15-3-0), Fri., May 10, 3 p.m.
McGill-Toolen Catholic (18-5-4) vs. Enterprise (13-5-4), Fri., May 10, 3 p.m.


AHSAA STATE FINALS
(All live-streamed by the NFHS Network, www.nfhsnetwork.com)
Class 1A/3A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Altamont (15-6-1)  vs. Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 
Class 4A/5A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) vs. Montgomery Academy (21-3-1)
Class 4A/5A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Springville (20-6-0) vs. Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 
Class 1A/3A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Altamont (13-6-2) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1)


Class 7A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Class 6A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.

Homewood (18-4-5) vs. Chelsea (21-2-1)
Class 6A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon
Fort Payne (17-9-2) vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2)
Class 7A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon


Chelsea, Homewood Girls Advance to 6A Finals

Friday’s Results at the 29th AHSAA State Soccer Championships

Class 6A Girls’ Soccer Semifinals
Homewood 8, Decatur 0
    HUNTSVILLE – Homewood downed Decatur 8-0 and Chelsea beat St. Paul’s Episcopal 9=8-0 Friday morning at John Hunt Soccer Complex in the semifinals of the 29th AHSAA Class 6A Girls’ Soccer Championships. The two schools advance to Saturday’s finals at 10 a.m. All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform at www.nfhsnetwork.com .
    Homewood (18-4-5), coached by Mindy McBride, posted four goals in each half with senior midfielder Maggie O’Hare recording a hat trick with three goals. She score the match’s first two goals at 4:32 and 9:55 in the first period and scored early in the second half (48.42) for third goal. She assisted on another goal.
    Sophomore forward Eleanor Kyle also scored twice in the first period. Senior Audrey Nabors landed Homewood’s sixth goal at 57:22, junior defender Claire Toullatos notched the seventh goal and Hannah Sensarling, a junior midfielder, scored the final goal ay 74:49 on an assist from junior Allison Kachelhofer.
   
Goalkeeper Samantha Carrillo of Decatur (12-6-2) had five saves.  Homewood goalkeeper Jada Repp had three.


Chelsea 8, St. Paul’s Episcopal 0
    HUNTSVILLE – Chelsea High School sophomore forward Haley Duca scored three goals and her sister, senior midfielder Lexie Duca, had one goal and two assists as the Hornets downed St. Paul’s Episcopal 8-0 in the other Class 6A semifinal battle Friday morning at John Hunt Soccer Complex.
    Lexie Duca scored the match’s opening goal at 2:08 on a pass from senior teammate Claire Guillen, who notched the second goal with the assist coming from junior Kailey Littleford.  Haley Duca managed her first goal at 19:43 and Littleford closed out the first period with goals at 25:29 and 33:56. Littleford assisted on Haley Duca’s first goal early in the second period. Guillen scored her second goal and Haley Duca closed out the scoring -- both coming in the 48th minute of the 80-minute contest.
    St. Paul’s keeper Macy Browing had nine saves.
    Play was underway Friday with the 6A boys’ semifinals at 11 a.m., following by the 7A girls’ semifinals at 1 p.m., and the 7A boys’ semis at 3. Finals for Classes 1A/3A and 4A/5A were scheduled for 5 and 7 p.m.


AHSAA State Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville
Semi-final matches are scheduled 1A/3A and 4A/5A Thursday, May 9; for 6A and 7A, Friday, May 10. Finals will be May 10 (1A/3A and 4A/5A) and May 11 (6A and 7A). The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals. Vestavia Hills HS NFHS SBP will live-stream the 7A girls' match Vestavia Hills vs. James Clemens).

CLASS 1A/3A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (13-6-2) 2, Westminster Christian (12-8-1) 0
Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1) 4, Cottage Hill Christian (17-5-0) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (15-6-1)  5, Collinsville (16-7-0) 1
Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-7-0) 1


CLASS 4A/5A 
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (12-5-3) 0
Montgomery Academy (21-3-1) 5, John Carroll Catholic (13-4-1) 2

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Springville (20-6-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (16-6-1) 1
Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 2, Montgomery Academy (24-6-0) 1

CLASS 6A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS

Decatur (12-5-2) vs. Homewood (17-4-5), Fri., May 10, 9 a.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal (17-302) vs. Chelsea (20-2-1), Fri., May 10, 9 a.m.

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Fort Payne (16-8-1) vs. Homewood (19-2-4), Fri., May 10, 11 a.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal (15-6-2) vs. Pelham (16-9-1),  Fri., May 10, 11 a.m.



CLASS 7A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Vestavia Hills (20-0-0) vs. James Clemens (13-4-2), Fri., May 10, 1 p.m. (live-streamed by Vestavia Hills HS NFHS Network SBP)
McGill-Toolen (13-4-2) vs. Auburn (14-6-3), Fri., May 10, 1 p.m.

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Hoover (17-4-3) vs. Florence (15-3-0), Fri., May 10, 3 p.m.
McGill-Toolen Catholic (18-5-4) vs. Enterprise (13-5-4), Fri., May 10, 3 p.m.


AHSAA STATE FINALS
(All live-streamed by the NFHS Network, www.nfhsnetwork.com)
Class 1A/3A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Altamont (15-6-1)  vs. Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 
Class 4A/5A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) vs. Montgomery Academy (21-3-1)
Class 4A/5A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Springville (20-6-0) vs. Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 
Class 1A/3A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Altamont (13-6-2) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1)


Class 7A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Class 6A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.

Homewood vs. Chelsea
Class 6A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon
Class 7A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon


Southside-Gadsden Defense Extends Scoreless Streak to 18 Matches in 3-0 Win

Class 6A and 7A Begin Friday in 29th State Championships

Class 4A/5A Girls’ Soccer Semifinals
Southside-Gadsden 3, St. John Paul II Catholic 0
   
HUNTSVILLE – Coach Tiffany Julien Cargile’s Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) beat St. John Paul II Catholic 3-0 to advance to the AHSAA Class 4A/5A State Girls’ Soccer Championship finals at John Hunt Soccer Complex. The Panthers face Montgomery Academy in the finals Friday at 5 p.m.
     The trio of Anna Motley, Hallie-Kate Smith and Grayson Carter each scored goals for Southside, which ran its scoreless streak defensively to 18 matches 36 consecutive halves with the win. The Panthers have outscored opponents 150-8 on the season – including 134-0 during that shutout stretch. In four playoff games Southside has outscored opponents 25-0.
    St. John Paul II goalkeeper Allie Songy had nine saves in the semifinal loss. Southside had 19 shots overall to just one for St. John Paul II (12-5-3).

Montgomery Academy 5, John Carroll Catholic 2
    HUNTSVILLE – Montgomery Academy (21-3-1), winners of six of the last eight Class 1A/3A girls’ state championships, moved to 4A/5A this season and Coach Carter Tuck’s Lady Eagles are back in the finals again with a 5-2 win over John Carroll Catholic (12-5-3).
   The match was deadlocked at 2-2 at halftime with Mead Robertson notching the first goal for Montgomery Academy just six minutes into the match. The Cavaliers stormed back to take a 2-1 lead on goals by Kennedi Langan and Ruby Thornton, but the Eagles tied the match at 2-2 a minute later thanks to Hayes Jenkins’ goal set up by an assist by Tara Katz. The second half was all MA with Katz and Brooke Horne netting goals and the Eagles’ team getting the credit for the fifth goal.

 

Class 4A/5A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals
Briarwood Christian 2, Montgomery Academy 1 (2 OT, shootout (5-2)
   
HUNTSVILLE – Briarwood Christian nipped Montgomery Academy 2-1 in a match that was tied 1-1 after regulation and two overtimes and was finally settled in a shootout.
    The Lions of Coach Shawn Brower made all five kicks in the shootout but Mountain Academy made 2 of 5 to seal the win.
    Lucas Rizzo gave Montgomery Academy (24-6-0) a 1-0 lead early in the second half at the 54:34 mark. Three minutes later, Briggs Latta tied the score for Briarwood with a goal at 57:37. 
     Each team took three shots on goal with goalkeepers Will Beriger of Montgomery Academy and Sam Candler of Briarwood notching two saves.
      Due to earlier weather delays Thursday, the two Class 4A/5A boys’ semifinal matches finished up late due to weather interruptions earlier in the day with Springville (20-6-0) advancing to Friday’s 7 p.m. finals to face Briarwood Christian (21-1-3). The Tigers posted a 2-1 win over St. John Paul Catholic II (16-6-1) in the other match.


Class 4A/5A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals
Springville 2, Saint John Paul II Catholic 1
   
HUNTSVILLE – Springville (20-6-0) fell behind 1-0 in the opening period when St. John Paul II’s Michael Weston scored at 31:50. Six minutes later, Brantley Mills tied the match for the Tigers and Luis Keil nailed the game winner just 59 seconds into the second half to send Springville to the finals.
     Coach Cody Wilkerson’s Tigers also got a strong effort from goalkeeper Evan Paddock, who had six saves. James Overstreet had two saves for Saint John Paul II (16-6-1).
   


AHSAA State Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville
Semi-final matches are scheduled 1A/3A and 4A/5A Thursday, May 9; for 6A and 7A, Friday, May 10. Finals will be May 10 (1A/3A and 4A/5A) and May 11 (6A and 7A). The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals. Vestavia Hills HS NFHS SBP will live-stream the 7A girls' match Vestavia Hills vs. James Clemens).

CLASS 1A/3A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (13-6-2) 2, Westminster Christian (12-8-1) 0
Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1) 4, Cottage Hill Christian (17-5-0) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (15-6-1)  5, Collinsville (16-7-0) 1
Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-7-0) 1

CLASS 4A/5A 
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (12-5-3) 0
Montgomery Academy (21-3-1) 5, John Carroll Catholic (13-4-1) 2

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Springville (20-6-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (16-6-1) 1
Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 2, Montgomery Academy (24-6-0) 1

CLASS 6A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Decatur (12-5-2) vs. Homewood (17-4-5), Fri., May 10, 9 a.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal (17-302) vs. Chelsea (20-2-1), Fri., May 10, 9 a.m.

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Fort Payne (16-8-1) vs. Homewood (19-2-4), Fri., May 10, 11 a.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal (15-6-2) vs. Pelham (16-9-1),  Fri., May 10, 11 a.m.


CLASS 7A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Vestavia Hills (20-0-0) vs. James Clemens (13-4-2), Fri., May 10, 1 p.m. (live-streamed by Vestavia Hills HS NFHS Network SBP)
McGill-Toolen (13-4-2) vs. Auburn (14-6-3), Fri., May 10, 1 p.m.

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Hoover (17-4-3) vs. Florence (15-3-0), Fri., May 10, 3 p.m.
McGill-Toolen Catholic (18-5-4) vs. Enterprise (13-5-4), Fri., May 10, 3 p.m.


AHSAA STATE FINALS
(All live-streamed by the NFHS Network, www.nfhsnetwork.com)
Class 1A/3A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Altamont (15-6-1)  vs. Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 
Class 4A/5A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) vs. Montgomery Academy (21-3-1)
Class 4A/5A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.

Springville (20-6-0) vs. Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 
Class 1A/3A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.

Altamont (13-6-2) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1)


Class 7A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Class 6A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Class 6A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon
Class 7A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon


Altamont Moves Girls and Boys Clinch Berths in 1A/3A State Soccer Finals

Play Resumes Friday in 28th State Championships

Class 1A/3A Girls’ Soccer Semifinals
Westminster-Oak Mountain 4. Cottage Hill Christian 0
    HUNTSVILLE – Westminster of Oak Mountain downed Cottage Hill Christian of Mobile 4-0 in the AHSAA 2019 State Soccer Championships Class 1A/3A Girls’ semifinal match to advance to the state championship match Friday to face Altamont at 7 p.m., at John Hunt Soccer Complex. Altamont’s Boys will face Bayside Academy in the 1A/3A boys’ finals at 5 p.m.
     Junior midfield Katie Hoaglund took seven shots on goal and scored Westminster’s first goals – coming in the first half just four minutes apart. She gave the Knights (16-2-1) of Coach Jay Hammond the lead with goals at 14:54 and 18:22. Her second goal came on an assist from senior forward Tori DeanVirginia Welch got the third goal at 42:07 and Hoaglund served the assist to Deen on  the final  goal at the 57:38 mark.
   Cottage Hill (17-5-0) was unable to take a single shot on goal versus the Westminster defense. Warriors’ goalkeeper Meg Hannan had nine saves on goal.


Altamont 2, Westminster Christian 0
    HUNTSVILLE – Altamont posted two goals in the first half and relied on its defense to do the rest as Coach Matt Kirkpatrick’s Knight beat Westminster Christian 2-0.
    Senior Amelia Pak got the first goal just 9:55 into the match at John Hunt Soccer Complex and fellow senior Mimi Davis managed the second  goal at the 36:50 mark. Altamont out-shot the Wildcats 13-4. Westminster (12-8-1) keeper Katherine Jernigan, a junior, had five saves for the match.


 

Class 1A/3A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals
Altamont 5, Collinsville 1
    HUNTSVILLE – Altamont’s boys, coached by Sean Gibson, broke open a 2-0 game with three goals in the second half to move into the Class 1A/3A boys’ state finals Friday at John Hunt Soccer Complex at 5 p.m., to face Bayside Academy.
   Hampton Pak, a sophomore forward, had two goal and senior defender Ashton Collier also had two goals for the winning Knights (15-6-1). Grey Laney opened the scoring with a goal just 4:49 into match. Pak followed with a goal at 10:32 and scored just 10 minutes into the second half to give Altamont a 3-0 lead. Collier closed the scoring for Altamont with both coming less than seven minutes apart ln the second half.
    Collinsville (16-7-0) got on the scoreboard with a goal by Bryan Barrientos at 67:53 of the 80-minute match. Altamont was  perfect 5-of-5 with shots-on-goal.


Bayside Academy 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain 1
    HUNTSVILLE – Bayside Academy (19-2-2) built a 2-0 lead by halftime and staved off Westminster-Oak Mountain’s strong effort in the second half to post a 2-1 win to clinch the final spot in the 1A/3A Boys’ State Championship Match.
    Junior midfielder Sergi Cebrian gave Bayside, coached by Jamie Ferguson, a quick lead with a goal at the 2:37 mark. Sophomore Trey Clements lent the assist. Eighth grader Joey Jones’ pass set up the Admirals’ second goal and Clements pushed it into the net for a 2-0 Bayside lad at the 27:38 mark.
    Westminster (13-7-0) scored quickly in the second half when senior Matthew Krulak scored on an assist from senior Price Leonard just 78 seconds into the final period.
   Shots were hard to come by the rest of the match as both teams relied on stellar defensive play.


AHSAA State Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville

Semi-final matches are scheduled 1A/3A and 4A/5A Thursday, May 9; for 6A and 7A, Friday, May 10. Finals will be May 10 (1A/3A and 4A/5A) and May 11 (6A and 7A). The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals. Vestavia Hills HS NFHS SBP will live-stream the 7A girls' match Vestavia Hills vs. James Clemens).

CLASS 1A/3A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS

Altamont (13-6-2) 2, Westminster Christian (12-8-1) 0
Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1) 4,  Cottage Hill Christian (17-5-0) 0

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Altamont (15-6-1) 5, Collinsville (16-7-0) 1
Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-7-0) 1


CLASS 4A/5A 
St. John Paul II Catholic (12-4-3) vs. Southside-Gadsden (20-2-0), Thurs., May 9, 3:30 p.m.
Montgomery Academy (20-3-1) vs. John Carroll Catholic (13-3-1), Thurs., May 9, 3:30 p.m.

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
St. John Paul II Catholic (16-5-1) vs. Springville (19-6-0), Thurs., May 9, 5:30 p.m.
Montgomery Academy (24-5-0) vs. Briarwood Christian (19-1-3), Thurs., May 9, 5:30 p.m.

CLASS 6A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS

Decatur (12-5-2) vs. Homewood (17-4-5), Fri., May 10, 9 a.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal (17-302) vs. Chelsea (20-2-1), Fri., May 10, 9 a.m.

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Fort Payne (16-8-1) vs. Homewood (19-2-4), Fri., May 10, 11 a.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal (15-6-2) vs. Pelham (16-9-1),  Fri., May 10, 11 a.m.

CLASS 7A
GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS

Vestavia Hills (20-0-0) vs. James Clemens (13-4-2), Fri., May 10, 1 p.m. (live-streamed by Vestavia Hills HS NFHS Network SBP)
McGill-Toolen (13-4-2) vs. Auburn (14-6-3), Fri., May 10, 1 p.m.

BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Hoover (17-4-3) vs. Florence (15-3-0), Fri., May 10, 3 p.m.
McGill-Toolen Catholic (18-5-4) vs. Enterprise (13-5-4), Fri., May 10, 3 p.m.


AHSAA STATE FINALS
(All live-streamed by the NFHS Network, www.nfhsnetwork.com)
Class 1A/3A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Class 4A/5A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Class 4A/5A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Class 1A/3A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.


Class 7A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Class 6A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Class 6A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon
Class 7A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon


Senior Tara Katz Nets her 200th Goal For the Montgomery Academy Eagles

AHSAA Soccer Spotlight

     MONTGOMERY – Senior Tara Katz recorded a hat trick scoring three goals and dishing out two assists to lead the Montgomery Academy Eagles past Montgomery-Catholic 10-0. In the process, the University of Tennessee commit became just the fifth girls’ soccer player in AHSAA history to score 200 or more goals in her career.
   The milestone pushed the Eagles’ forward into the AHSAA Soccer Spotlight for this week.
    Katz has led Coach Carter Tuck’s Eagles to a 13-1-1 record this season and has played a key role Montgomery Academy’s back-to-back Class 1A/3A state titles in 2917 and 2018. She earned MVP honors last year scoring four goals in a 5-0 win over West Morgan in the state finals and three goals in an 11-1 semifinal victory over Indian Springs. Katz also had four goals in the 2017 State Tourney with three in the semifinals and one in the finals to earn MVP honors as the Eagles finished 15-3-5 to win the 1A/3A title.
    She finished last season with 75 goals, which ranks fourth all-time in the AHSAA. Amy Bayles of Mars Hill Bible set the single-season mark with 85 in 2005. Katz’s main objective this season is to help MA win the Class 4A/5A state title to make it three championships in a row. Only six girls’ programs in AHSAA history have won as many as three state championships in succession. The last was John Carroll Catholic (2014-16). Fort Payne holds the AHSAA record with six championships from 1991-1996. Briarwood Christian and Grissom won four in a row. Spain Park and W.A. Berry (now Hoover) accomplished three straight titles in 2009-11 and 1991-93, respectively.
     Montgomery Academy, 48-7-6 over the last three seasons, moved up to the 4A/5A division this year and is 8-0 in Class 4A/5A, Area 3 with two matches remaining. The Eagles play Alabama Christian April 18 and close with Trinity Presbyterian next Monday. Trinity is 7-1 in area play with a 4-2 loss to Montgomery Academy in the two teams’ first meeting on April 11.   
    Holy Spirit Catholic’s Jordan Richmond set the AHSAA career scoring record with 232 goals from 2012-17. Amy Bayles of Mars Hill Bible, who holds the single-season record with 85 goals, had 213 in her career that spanned 2002-05. Briarwood Christian’s Catherine Reddick, who went on to star in college and the pros and is being inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 27, had 211 career goals. Maya Vankineni of Randolph (2002-05) ranks fourth with 207.
   In other top soccer performances reported this week:

GIRLS

MAKAYLA MOORE, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: The junior scored the match’s only goal in the 32nd minute as the Lady Panthers (14-2-0) beat Gadsden City 1-0 – keeping Southside’s defensive scoreless streak that started Feb. 25 intact. Since that time Southside has outscored opponents 88-0 (in 11 matches). Hallie-Kate Smith also had four goals in a Southside 9-0 win over Jacksonville.
DAKOTA FREEMAN, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: The seventh grader scored three goals as the Warriors beat Mobile Christian 5-1 and three more in a 4-3 win over St. Luke’s Episcopal. She now has 24 goals for the season, leaving her just two shy of the school’s single-season record heading into the remainder of the season.
SYDNEY JEFFCOAT, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Scored six goals and teammate Lucy Alford had four in a 10-0 win over Pike Road.
KEILANA HYKE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Scored four goals in a 10-0 victory over Murphy.

ALEX LONG, CARROLL: had two goals and an assist in the Eagles' 3-0 victory over Brewbaker Tech. Goalkeeper Margaret Gregory had seven saves for Carroll (16-2).
JENNA BROOKE WARLICK, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Had a hat trick with three goals in a 6-0 win over Jasper.
MACKENZIE SMITH, MARBURY: Had 12 saves in two shutout efforts, a 1-0 shootout victory over Holtville and a 0-0 tie versus Wetumpka for the Bulldogs (11-1-4).
MIMI DAVIS, ALTAMONT: Had four goals and three assists in three wins.
NICOLE ANTHONY, GRISSOM: Recorded her first career hat trick in a 4-0 win over Gadsden City.

 

BOYS
SEBASTIAN GUERRERO, ENTERPRISE: Scored the game-winning shot to give the Wildcats a 2-1 win over Prattville and the Class 7A, Area 3 title. Tied 1-1 through regulation and two overtimes, the teams went to the shootout kicks. Enterprise goalie Logan Smith made saves on the first two Prattville attempts, while Tyler Howard and Rasheed Bolaji scored for Wildcats. Both teams made their kicks in the third rotation, but Gurrero sealed the win with his kick on the fourth try to give Enterprise a 4-1 edge in the shootout.
ISAAC FRANKLLIN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had four goals as the Panthers (12-1-1) blanked Anniston 9-0. He also had three goals and three assists in a win over White Plains.
SASHA SCULLY, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Made three stops on goal when the match with Thomasville, tied at 2-2 after regulation and two overtime periods, went into the shootout to seal a 3-2 win for PCA (11-2).
JOHNNY WILLIAMS, VESTAVIA HILLS:
The Rebels’ goalkeeper registered two shutouts with 18 saves in 18 shots attempted – including saving two overtime spot kicks. Vestavia had three wins beating Spain Park and Hewitt-Trussville 2-0 and Mountain Brook 2-1 in overtime.
KOEN DE HULLU, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Recorded a hat trick with his three goals providing the winning margin in a 5-2 win over Lincoln. The Panthers (12-1-1) WON THE Class 4A/5A Area 10 title with the victory.
ETHAN MORALES, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Scored two goals and assisted on the other goal as the Raiders beat Pike Road 3-0.
JACOB MOORE, BAYSHORE CHRISTIAN: The goalkeeper had 15 saves as Bayshore beat Cottage Hill Christian 4-3 for its first victory as an AHSAA team.