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CLASS 4A-5A GIRLS SEMIFINALS

Randolph 2, Guntersville 1
    Randolph of Huntsville bounced back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to nip previously unbeaten Guntersville 2-1 at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex Thursday in the semifinals of the AHSAA Class 4A-5A girls’ soccer championships.
     Randolph will meet St. Paul’s Episcopal in the championship match Friday at 8:30 p.m.  Day 2 of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships get underway Friday morning with Class 6A girls’ semifinals at 9 a.m., with Daphne (10-7-0) taking on  Northridge (15-5-1) and Athens (13-1-7) facing John Carroll Catholic (14-4-2).
    Class 6A boys’ semifinals follow at 11:15, Class 7A girls’ semifinals at 1:30 p.m., and 7A boys’ semifinals at 3:45 p.m.
    Anna Mikel Jones gave Guntersville (13-1-0) a quick 1-0 lead just 7:58 into the match and used a solid defense to keep Coach Ken Hudson’s Raiders (12-6-2) from mounting any offense for the first 60 minutes.
    Randolph senior captain Abby Harper finally cracked the Wildcats defense to tie the match at 1-1 with just under 13 minutes remaining in the second half. Freshman forward Sydney Svehlak put Randolph ahead for good 3½ minutes later with the final goal at 70:56.
     Grace Mann had two saves as Guntersville’s keeper, and Daria Zarzeka, another senior captain for the Raiders, had seven saves as Randolph’s goalkeeper. Guntersville had 13 shot attempts with eight on goal. Randolph made the most of its four shots on goal making two.


St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Calera 1
    
St. Paul’s Episcopal took the lead at 4:21 in the first half en route to a 3-1 victory over Calera in the other Class 4A-5A girls’ state soccer semifinals at John Hunt Soccer Complex Thursday night.
     Frances Case notched the first goal with an assist from Elizabeth Bailey for the Lady Saints (18-4-4). Caroline Seale followed with St. Paul’s second goal six minutes later. The kick was set up by a pass from Ali Sutherland. Sutherland scored the final goal early in the second half for Coach Brian Thomas’ Saints from Mobile.
    Calera (10-6-0), making its first semifinal appearance in school history, got on the scoreboard at 78:07 with junior Tia McCarter scoring on a feed from Anna Milliron.  Calera goalkeeper Kylee Loth, a senior, had five saves.
    St. Paul’s used three goalkeepers in the match – allowing only one shot on goal.



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