Friday, February 21, 2020






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.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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)

(All live-streamed by the NFHS Network,
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)

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