Thursday, February 27, 2020






Class 4A/5A Girls’ Semifinals

Saint John Paul II Catholic 2, Arab 1
HUNTSVILLE – Saint John Paul Catholic’s Mary Alex Conrad scored the winning goal with 20 seconds left in the contest Thursday to lift the Falcons past Arab 2-1 in the Class 4A/5A semifinals Thursday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to advance to the AHSAA state finals Friday. Saint John Paul II (14-6-2) will meet Briarwood Christian (14-5-3) in the championship match to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. 
   Coach Sam Bennett’s Falcons fell behind in the first half when senior forward Malaina Daugherty scored at the 15:49 mark. Grace Adam tied the match for Saint John Paul II with a goal at 35:36.
    The second half was primarily a defensive struggle until Conard shook loose for the winning goal.
    Arab (21-4-2), coached by Jason Guger, limited the Falcons to just six shots on goal with Lady Knights goalkeeper Gracie Davidson recording four saves. Arab could muster only two shots on goal with  Saint John Paul II goalkeeper Alex Pressnell finishing with one save.

Briarwood Christian 6, Faith Academy 1
   HUNTSVILLE – Sisters Sarah and Maggie Adcock accounted for five goals and one assist Thursday as Briarwood Christian downed Faith Academy 6-1 in the Class 4A/5A girls’ AHSAA State Soccer Championships semifinals at John Hunt Park.  The Lady Lions (14-5-3) will meet  Saint John Paul II Catholic Friday at 5 p.m.
    Senior forward Sarah Adcock scored four goals, the first at 3:44 of the first half, and the last coming at 51:32 as Briarwood built a 6-0 lead. Maggie Adcock nailed the second goal of the match at 31:51 and assisted her sister on the final goal. Grace Harris also scored once for the Lions, who have won eight state titles in the school’s storied girls’ soccer history. The last state championship came in 2010. Rebecca Wolfe also had an assist.
     Faith Academy (20-5-1), coached by Gaines Sullivan, scored with 10 minutes left when Gracie East landed the kick.
    Briarwood goalkeeper Caroline Duffee had two saves, and Faith’s Jordyn Dickinson had four.

Class 1A/3A Boys’ Semifinals

Susan Moore 4, Altamont 1
HUNTSVILLE – Susan Moore High School’s boys’ soccer team posted a 4-1 win over Altamont in the Class 1A/3A semifinals Thursday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to reach the AHSAA State Soccer Championship match Friday. Susan Moore faces Indian Springs (22-2-6) in the finals at 5 p.m. All finals are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network. 
   Coach Bob Austin’s Bulldogs (20-3-1) are in their first season in championship play after a hiatus from the sport for several years. Senior forward Angel Duarte made the most of his team’s surprising opportunity with 11 shots in the semifinal win, including eight shots on goal and two scored goals. His kicks at 14:24 and 45:56 gave Susan Moore a 2-0 lead. His first goal was assisted by sophomore Jason Mejia.
       Sophomore Maurico Castro made it 3-0 at the 62-minute mark and Mejia added the fourth goal six minutes later. Altamont, the Area 5 regular-season champs, finally got on the scoreboard 3:15 to play on a kick by Neal Carlson. Susan Moore finished the regular season as Area 5 runner-up. The two teams split their regular-season matches.
       James Patterson had nine saves for Coach Sean Gibson’s Knights (14-6-3). The Bulldogs used three goalkeepers, Julio Hernandez, Anthony Cervantes and Ismael Gonzales. They combined for three saves.

Indian Springs 3, Bayside Academy 1
   HUNTSVILLE – Junior midfielder Justin Chapman scored two goals in a 20-minute span in the second half to spark Indian Springs to a 3-1 win over Bayside Academy in the Class 1A/3A semifinals of the 27th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships Thursday at John Hunt Park.
    Coach Rik Tozzi’s squad will be striving to claim its third state title school history Friday in a 5 p.m. battle with Susan Moore in the Class 1A/3A finals. Indian Springs (22-2-6) was the first school in the AHSAA to play competitive soccer, and Susan Moore is in its first season in championship play.
     Sam Simpson scored early Thursday to give Indian Springs a 1-0 lead. His goal, assisted by Nick Bryant, came at 4:16. Bayside Academy (15-9-2) tied the match at 1-1 early in the second half when Dawson Jellenc scored.
      Indian Springs’ strong defense did the rest. Bayside took only four shots on goal with goalkeeper Zak Heino registering three saves for Indian Springs.  Jack Smith had two saves for Coach Jamie Ferguson’s Admirals.
     All championship matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network.

Class 1A/3A Girls Semifinals

Montgomery Academy 4, Holy Spirit Catholic 0
HUNTSVILLE – Tara Katz scored two goals and had one assist Thursday to lead Montgomery Academy  (14-3-5) to 4-0 win over Holy Spirit Catholic (13-4) the 2017 AHSAA Class 1A/3A girls’ soccer semifinals at John Hunt Park.
  Play continued Thursday with semifinal contests for 1A/5A boys, 4A/5A girls and boys.
  The Lady Eagles of Coach Stuart Bonner took an early 1-0 lead when Katz set up teammate Maggie Chambers’ goal at the 6:30 mark in the first half. Virginia Meacham added a goal early in the second half, and Katz closed out the scoring with goals at 51:27 and at 75:45 to seal the win. MA goalie Dora Eskridge had four goals and Blakley Jones had 11 saves to the Titans.
   Montgomery Academy will face Westbrook Christian in the finals of the 27th annual State Tourney finals Friday at 7 p.m.

Westbrook Christian 2, Altamont 0
Westbrook Christian (19-6) advanced to the AHSAA Class 1A/3A girls’ soccer finals at John Hunt Park with a 2-0 win over Altamont in the semifinals Thursday.
    Alexis Beard broke a scoreless tie at 30:46 in the first half to five the Warriors (19-6) at 1-0 lead. Kylee Berndt added the final goal on a pass from Makenna  Beard at 38:11 and Coach Joel Hawbaker’s team led 2-0 at intermission. Westbrook relied on its strong defense to seal the victory in the second half.
       Goalkeeper Mattie Loyd had two saves, and Rachel Wright of Altamont (13-8-1) also had two saves.
        Montgomery Academy and Westbrook Christian meet in the finals of the 27th annual State Tourney finals Friday at 7 p.m. All championship matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network.

Gardendale Removed From Soccer Playoffs

     Gardendale High School has been fined and placed on probation by the Alabama High School Athletic Association and removed from the Class 6A girls’ state soccer playoffs for playing an ineligible player in violation of the Outside Participation Rule. The violation was self-reported.
     Shades Valley has been reinstated into the playoffs and will host Pell City in quarterfinals this weekend.

North Sweeps Boys’ and Girls’ All-Star Soccer Matches

    MONTGOMERY – The North girls beat the South 3-2 and the North boys won 4-2 Tuesday night to sweep the AHSAA North-South All-Star Soccer matches at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex.
    The North, coached by Albertville’s Julie Little and Indian Springs’ Hunter Gray, fell behind 2-1 in the girls’ contest midway through the second half but rallied with two goals just 3 ½ minute apart from 62:48 to 66:29 to pull out the win.
      North MVP Walker Poe of Mountain Brook gave her team a quick lead scoring the match’s first goal on an unassisted kick just 33 seconds into the game. Mallory Messer of St. Paul’s Episcopal tied the match with a goal at 8:27. Maggie Chambers of Montgomery Academy got the assist. Chambers, the South MVP, gave the South the lead 2-1 at 58:50 in the second half on an assist from Cameryn Rogers of Prattville.
    The North tied the contest at 2-2 in unlikely fashion when the South planted the ball in its own goal just four minutes later.  Jordan Richmond of Holy Spirit Catholic got the game-winning corner kick to seal the win as the North improved to 12-2-1 in the annual series.

     South goalkeeper Dora Eskridge of Montgomery Academy had two saves and Alyssa Vess of Oak Mountain had five saves for the North.
     South coaches were Analyn Coker of Trinity Presbyterian and Dennis Jones of Smiths Station.

North Boys 4, South 2
North MVP Jose Moreno of Tanner scored two goals, one in each half, as the North posted its 10th win in the all-star series. The South has four wins and the two squads have had one tie in the annual competition since 1998.
     Cole Gerding of Cullman opened the scoring at 7:32 of the first half with an unassisted goal for the North. Cole Grogan of Benjamin Russell tied the match with an unassisted goal of his own at 13:15, but Moreno’s first goal at 32:24 put the North ahead for good.  Cole Williams of Hoover got the assist.  Kennedy Davis of Oak Mountain added an unassisted goal early in the second half, and Moreno scored on a feed from Helena’s Gaskins at 65 minutes to ice the win for coaches Casey Harbin of Cullman and Matt Hall of Spain Park.
    Noah Harrelson of St. Paul’s Episcopal scored the South’s final goal just 14 seconds before the match concluded.
     North goalkeepers Kyle Oswalt of Guntersville and Seth Torman of Pelham had four and two saves, respectively. The South, coached by Joe Nelson of Northview and Wilfredo Navidad of Montgomery Academy, got strong goal play from Michael Kelly of Montgomery Academy and Houston Barnett of Citronelle. Each had four saves.


OAK MOUNTAIN 2, McGill-Toolen 1
Defending Class 7A state soccer champion Oak Mountain downed McGill-Toolen 2-1 Saturday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to make it two in a row as the  2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships concluded. 
     Coach Daniel DeMasters’  Eagles now have six boys’ state championships including both 7A titles awarded since the AHSAA moved to seven classifications in 2014-15.
     Junior Charles Jeter scored both goals for Oak Mountain, which concluded its season unbeaten at 28-0-2. His first goal came at 9:45 of the first half to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead at the half. He followed with his second goal with an assist from Caleb Van Geffen at 51:27 in the second half and Oak Mountain appeared in control with a two-goal lead.
     Things changed late when McGill-Toolen  (20-6-3), coached by Nate Nicholas, scored when Anthony Spafford bumped the ball just past the Oak Mountain keeper to cut the lead to 2-1 with just over 13 minutes to play.  Both teams fought a fierce battle the rest of the way, but the Eagles were able to hang on to seal the win.
     McGill-Toolen goalkeeper Henry Blache had an outstanding match with six saves. Oak Mountain took nine shots on goal and 12 overall.  Jaxson Ellis had one save on goal for The Eagles.
     Oak Mountain’s six state titles ranks tied for third overall in the 25 years of the AHSAA state championships. John Carroll has won 10, Grissom 8 and Randolph six.  The Eagles previous state titles previous state championships came in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2015. McGill-Toolen won a state crown in 2002.


 John Carroll Catholic High School sophomore forward  Clair Davies posted a goal with 2:05 remaining in the second half Saturday afternoon to lift the Lady Cavaliers (23-2-3) to a 1-0 win over Northridge in the Class 6A girls’ soccer finals of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships.
     It was John Carroll’s third straight state girls’ championship.
     Davies, who earned 6A Championship MVP, took a pass from senior forward Lindsey Flemming and nailed the shot that held Coach Chase Zanaty’s team avoid overtime in what had been a spirited scoreless battle for the first 77:55.
     John Carroll took 17 shots to just five for Northridge (21-4-0), including 11 shots on goal to just three for Coach Carter Hill’s Jaguars. It was Northridge’s defense that kept the Tuscaloosa team close down to the wire. Goalkeeper Carmen Smith had two saves.
    John Carroll now has four girls’ state soccer titles to their credit with championships also won in 2000, 2014 and 2015. The four titles ranks the Lady Cavaliers tied with Spain Park for fifth overall in the AHSAA state record book.  Fort Payne and Briarwood Christian lead with eight each. Grissom and Montgomery Academy have won five apiece.


 Cullman High School captured the school’s first state boys’ soccer championship since 2002 Saturday morning with an exciting 2-1 Class 6A finals victory over Daphne in two overtimes.  The Bearcats (24-4-2) scored the winning goal with 53 seconds left in the overtime period – at 84:07 of the contest.
       The 2016 championships held at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex, marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991. 
        Class 6A championship MVP Miguel Tizapa-Robles scored the winning goal. The sophomore also assisted senior midfielder Guilherme Albuquerque’s goal in the first half that gave Coach Casey Harbin’s team a 1-0 lead at intermission.  Daphne (16-6-5), coached by Cameron Williams, tied the match early in the second half on Jackson Barber’s goal at 46:15. The contest remained tied until Tizapa-Robles’ winning goal 38 minutes later.


Vestavia Hills High School posted three goals in the first half and defeated Auburn 3-0 Saturday morning to claim the AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state soccer championship.  The 2016 championships held at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex, marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991. 
     Coach Brigid Littleton’s Rebels (23-2-0) took an early 1-0 lead on senior midfielder Sophia Kamburis’ goal just 7:11 into the championship match. Sophomore forward Alli Glaze scored the second goal at 29:50, and sophomore Sara McCurry notched the last goal at 37:34.  Kennedy Hicks assisted McCurry and Caroline Causey had the assist for Glaze. Kamburis, who had three shot attempts, was selected the 7A championship’s MVP.
      Vestavia Hills’ defense limited Auburn to only one shot the entire match and no shots on goal.  The Rebels, who won the school’s fourth girls’ state title, had 21 shots including 11 on goal.  The 2016 crown was the first since 2007, however. The other two championships came in 2001 and 2005.
      Senior goalkeeper Sarah Thorne had eight saves for Coach Chris Blight’s Auburn Tigers (24-2-2).


 Guntersville High School captured the school’s third AHSAA state girls’ soccer championship Friday night with a 3-2 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal in the Class 4A/5A finals of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
     The Wildcats (18-4-3) and Saints (19-7-1) battled to a 1-1 tie at the end of the two regulation 40-minute halves, they fought through two five-minute overtimes to set up a final showdown in the shootout.
    Guntersville nailed its first three tries by Anna Jones, Carly Sims and Sandy Simpson, Caroline Seale made the first St. Paul’s kick, but junior goalkeeper Grace Mann blocked the two Saints efforts.  A Wildcats miss and a clutch kick by St. Paul’s Caroline Lambert set up a final try by Guntersville’s Yesenia Vasquez.  Her kick was successful and Guntersville, coached by Mike Jones and Ali Dutton, captured the state title.
     The Wildcats also won state championships in 2008 and 2010.
     In regulation, Kendall Moore scored the match’s first goal with a kick at 24:45 in the first half for Guntersville.  Frances Case tied the match for St. Paul’s, coached by Brian Thomas, at 61:47 in the second half.
     Senior midfielder Anna Jones, who had an outstanding match on offense and defense, was named the 4A/5A Championship MVP.
      The championship marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991.  Championships continue Saturday at John Hunt Soccer Complex with Class 7A girls’ and Class 6A boys’ state championship matches at 10 a.m., followed by Class 7A boys’ and Class 6A girls’ finals at 12:30 p.m.
     All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Viewers can access at

AHSAA 26th State Soccer Championships

At Huntsville Soccer Complex (John Hunt Park)
May 12-14

Class 1A/3A Girls Semifinals
Holy Spirit Catholic (16-0-0) 3, Montgomery Academy (12-8-0) 2 (5-4 in shootout sudden death)
Westbrook Christian (24-0-0) 6, Madison Academy (18-6-1) 0

CLASS 4A/5A Girls Semifinals
St. Paul's Episcopal (19-6-1) 2, Helena (7-12-0) 1
Guntersville (17-4-3) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (13-8-2) 2

CLASS 6A Girls Semifinals
Northridge (21-4-0) 1, Northview (14-6-3) 0
John Carroll Catholic (22-2-3) 1, Decatur (17-5-2) 0

CLASS 7A Girls Semifinals
Auburn (24-1-2) 1, McGill-Toolen (18-3-0) 0
Vestavia Hills (21-1-0) 5, Huntsville (16-9-1) 1

Class 1A/3A Girls Finals
Holy Spirit Catholic (17-0-0) 4, Westbrook Christian (24-1-0) 1
Class 4A/5A Girls Finals
Guntersville (18-4-3) 3, St. Paul's Episcopal (19-7-1) 2 (2 OT, 4-2 in shootout)

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
Auburn (24-1-2) vs. Vestavia Hills (21-1-0), Field 2, 10 a.m.
CLASS 6A Girls Finals
Northridge (21-4-0) vs. John Carroll Catholic (22-2-3), Field 1, 12:30 p.m.