Randolph 3, Briarwood Christian 2
HUNTSVILLE –MVP Sam Hartley’s two second half goals propelled Randolph over Briarwood Christian in the Class 4A-5A Boys’ State Soccer Championship match Friday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
Randolph (24-2-3), coached by Alex Tomlinson, scored first on senior Barrett Butler’s goal at the 22:10 mark. Ian Krajna had the assist. Briarwood (16-6-3), coached by Shawn Brower, came right back to tie the match 1-1 on sophomore Logan Frost’s goal at 29:59.
After both teams missed opportunities to take the lead, Briarwood’s Hamilton Bowen’s goal gave the Lions the lead at 45:09. The Raiders clawed back and knotted the contest at 2-2 when Hartley scored on a penalty kick just 91 seconds later. The defensive battled continued until Hartley got loose inside and scored on a pass from Sridhar Karne to take the lead for good with 12:37 left in the match. Briarwood had two prime opportunities to score in the final minutes. The last one came on a corner kick with 15 seconds left, but Randolph goalkeeper Max Shaw was able to deflect the ball over the crossbar and time ran out.
Randolph has now won seven state titles, which ranks third all-time behind John Carroll Catholic (10) and Grissom (8). The Raiders' state titles include 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2015 and 2017.
Briarwood Christian 6, Saint John Paul II Catholic 0
HUNTSVILLE – Class 4A/5A State Soccer Championships MVP Sarah Adcock scored all six goals Friday night to lead Briarwood Christian to a 6-0 victory over Saint John Paul II Catholic in state finals played Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
The 27th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships will conclude Saturday with boys’ and girls’ state finals in Classes 6A and 7A beginning at 10 a.m. All finals are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
Adcock, a senior forward, scored 10 goals in the semi-final and championship matches at John Hunt Park. Adcock put Coach Ryan Lieb’s Lady Lions (15-5-3) ahead for good 21 minutes into the match with the first of her six goals. Her last score came with just over five minutes remaining.
Briarwood had 16 shots to just two by Saint John Paul II (14-7-2), coached by Sam Bennett. Falcons goalkeeper Alex Pressnell, facing intense pressure from the Briarwood offensive attack, had five saves on the night. Lions keeper Caroline Duffee had two saves.
The win was the Lions’ first state title since 2010 and ninth overall, a new AHSA state girls’ soccer record. Briarwood and Fort Payne came into the 2017 season with eight state titles each. The Lions won four state crowns in a row from 1997-2000 and also captured titles in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Indian Springs 2, Susan Moore 1
HUNTSVILLE –Indian Springs High School won its third state championship Friday night beating Susan Moore 2-1 in the AHSAA Class 1A-3A boys’ state soccer finals at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
Senior forward Sam Simpson was named 1A/3A state championship MVP for his solid play on the front line scoring one goal in a semifinal win over Bayside Academy and providing strong leadership and solid play to lead Indian Springs bring to the title.
Susan Moore (20-4-1), in its first season of championship play, took an early 1-0 lead on senior Edwyn Cervantes’ goal at the 37:51 mark. The Bulldogs of Coach Bob Austin still led 1-0 at intermission.
Junior midfielder Justin Chapman’s goal at the 49:02 mark tied the match at 1-1 for Coach Rik Tozzi’s squad. Indian Springs (22-2-3) took the lead for good 17 minutes later when sophomore Donald Wilson scored at the 66:48 mark. Susan Moore staged a valiant last-ditch effort in the final minutes, but the Bulldogs were unable to penetrate the tough Indian Spring defense down the stretch.
Indian Springs outshot Susan Moore 12-7. Goalkeeper Zak Heino saved 2 shots on goal while Susan Moore keeper Brandon Martinez stopped 3 shots on goal.
Indian Springs’ previous state titles came in 2014 and 2008.
Davidson 2 Enterprise 1 (OT, 3-0 in PK)
HUNTSVILLE –Goalkeeper Christopher Berry came up big stopping three straight penalty kicks as Davidson beat Enterprise 2-1 in a Class 7A boys’ soccer semifinal match Friday that was settled by free kicks after going through two overtime periods.
Davidson (17-12-1), coached by Kevin DeLange, advanced to the Class 7A boys’ championship match with the big win Friday at John Hunt Park. The Warriors will face two- time defending champion Oak Mountain (19-4-4) Saturday at 10 a.m., the finals. The NFHS Network is live-streaming all finals Friday and Saturday.
Neither team could get the ball in the net during the first 40 minutes leaving the score tied 0-0 at halftime. Davidson scored first when Jonathon Lowell scored at the 42:43 mark giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead. Davidson’s lead held unto the 64:53 mark when Kelan LeBlanc scored an amazing goal on a looping 30-foot free kick to tie the score 1-1 for Enterprise (17-4-1), coached by Bruce Ladner. Both teams played tough defense the rest of the way sending the match into overtime.
Neither team could score in the two five-minute overtime periods sending the match siddem death and free kicks.
Davidson’s Berry stopped three Enterprise free kicks while Clairy Kengeye, and Lowell made their kicks for the Warriors. Ferdina Ndikumana then settled the contest with Davidson’s third kick sailing intp the back of the net giving the Warriors the win.
Both teams were able to get 12 shots on goal during the match, but Davidson held the edge on corner kicks 9-2.
Oak Mountain 3, Vestavia Hills 0
HUNTSVILLE – Jackson Murphy’s two goals help two-time defending champion Oak Mountain defeat rival Vestavia Hills in the Class 7A boys’ soccer semifinals Friday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to advance to the AHSAA state finals.
Oak Mountain (19-4-4) will face Davidson (17-12-1) Saturday at 10 a.m. The Eagles of Coach Daniel DeMasters will be attempting to win their 3rd straight state title.
Carl Davis got Oak Mountain off to an early 1-0 lead with his goal at the 3:10 mark. Murphy scored his first goal of two goals at the 38:05 mark to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead and finished the scoring with a goal at the 49:29 mark.
Oak Mountain outshot Vestavia Hills 13-6. Coach Leo Harlan’s Rebels finished 19-5-3.
Oak Mountain goalkeeper Matthew Hazelwood had two saves.
Vestavia Hills 2, Oak Mountain 0
HUNTSVILLE – Defending Class 7A state champion Vestavia Hills made the most of its four shots on goal Friday afternoon scoring on two of them as the Lady Rebels (19-1-3) beat Oak Mountain 2-0 semifinals of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships at John Hunt Park.
Coach Brigid Littleton’s team advances to play McGill-Toolen Catholic (22-2) in Saturday’s Class 7A girls’ state championship match at noon
Caroline Silvio scored the Rebels’ first goal at the 4:13 mark to take an early 1-0 lead. Taylor Korn’s goal at the 20:13 mark increased the Vestavia Hills lead to 2-0 at intermission. Oak Mountain (20-3-2) outshot Vestavia Hills 6-4 for the game and kept the ball in the Rebels’ end of the field most of the final 40 minutes, but could never cash in..
Vestavia goalkeeper Anna Woodson had one save on goal. The Rebels will be going for their fifth state title overall, winning past championships in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2016. Saturday’s championship will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
McGill-Toolen Catholic 5, Fairhope 1
Pelham 1, Daphne 0
HUNTSVILLE –Pelham shut out Daphne1-0 in the Class 6A semifinals Friday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to advance to the 27th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships title game.
Pelham (21-6-1) will meet defending state champion Cullman (16-6-1) Saturday at noon in the championship match. It will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Pelham will be trying to win its first state title.
Pelham’s Braxton Jeffcoat scored the match’s only goal at the 22:19 mark. He was assisted by Irvin Rodriguez. Both teams played a physical game defensively with Daphne (15-12-1) committing 10 fouls to Pelham’s 12. The Trojans, coached by Cameron Williams, also committed 2 caution penalties to Pelham's 3.
Coach Patrick McDonald’s Panthers held an 18-5 advantage on shots attempted. Still, Daphne Daphne made a late push in the final seconds coming up short on two shots on goal and a failed corner kick as Pelham preserved th e win.
Daphne goalkeeper Brandon Bowers had eight saves. Pellham’s Seth Torman had two.
Cullman 5, Birmingham-Carver 0
HUNTSVILLE – Defending Class 6A state champion Cullman High School got two goals from Miguel Tizapa as the Bearcats downed Carver-Birmingham 5-0 in the 6A semifinals of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships Friday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park..
Cullman (16-6-1) will meet Pelham Saturday at noon in the Class 6A boys’ state championship match. All championship matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network with.
Coach Casey Harbin’s Bearcats led 4-0 at intermission thanks to goals by Washington Sheffield at the 8:43 mark, followed by Tizapa’s two goals and a goal by Joel Sanchez. Isaac Rodriguez scored a final goal for Cullman at the 29:04 in the second half to extend the lead to 5-0. Cullman outshot Carver-Birmingham (15-4-1) 18-2 for the match. Bearcats goalkeeper Jaron Porter had one save on goal. Carver, coached by Tenell Marshall, was making its first state semifinal appearance in school history. Goalkeeper Nelson Villanueva had seven saves to lead the Rams.
Cullman will be vying for its third state title. The Bearcats also won the 5A crown in 2002.
Chelsea 5, Northview 0
HUNTSVILLE – Haley Green’s hat trick helped Chelsea defeat Northview 5-0 in the Class 6A girls’ state soccer semifinals Friday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to advance to the AHSAA state finals. Chelsea (16-6-1) will meet Southside-Gadsden (16-5-1) Saturday in the championship match at 10 a.m. The finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
Green’s first goal got the Hornets on the board first right before the end of the first half at the 37:58 mark. Chelsea dominated the final 40 minutes getting two more goals from Green and a goal from Claire Gullen at the 15:14 mark. The final goal was scored by Mary Connor Smith at the 10:15 mark.
Northview head coach Haley Williams got a great effort from goalkeeper Adriana Wright, stopping 18 shots. Chelsea outshot Northview 38-1 helping goalkeeper Sabrina Long from having to face a single shot on goal for the match.
Mary Connor Smith finished the scoring for Chelsea, coached by Jonathan Hammett, with her goal with 9:45 left in the match.
Chelsea will be trying to get its second championship in school history The Hornets won the 5A championship in 2012.
Southside-Gadsden 7, Pell City 0
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