Tuesday, July 16, 2019






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:


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.


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).
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.

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