Defending state champion Randolph scored a goal in each half and beat Guntersville 2-0 Thursday night and advanced to Friday’s AHSAA Class 4A/5A boys’ state soccer finals at Huntsville’s John Hunt  Soccer Complex.
     The Raiders (11-8-2) of Coach Alex Tomlinson will face Helena (17-7-2), a 2-1 double-overtime winner over previously unbeaten Alabama Christian late Thursday night.
      A pair of freshmen,  Parker League and Sam Hartley, notched the match’s only two  goals. League scored the first goal at 16:20 in the first half on an assist from Sean O’Hare. Hartley’s goal came at 43:05 in the second half.
     Randolph goalkeeper Boe Santos had three saves, and  Kyle Oswalt of Guntersville (22-5-2) have five saves for the Wildcats.
    The 25th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships will continue Friday with semifinal matches for Class 6A girls at 9 a.m., and 6A boys at 11 a.m. Class 7A semifinals for girls will be at 1 p.m., and the 7A boys’ semifinals will kick off at 3 p.m. 
     The Class 1A/3A girls’ championship match and Class 4A/5A boys’ title match kick off at 5 p.m., while the 1A/3A boys, and 4A/5A girls’ finals  are set for 7:30 p.m.
       All finals will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network Friday and Saturday. Cullman High School’s NFHS Network school broadcast program will live-stream the four semifinal matches in 6A and 7A, respectively.

Helena 2, Alabama Christian 1 (2 OT)
 Jeremy Hughes nailed the winning goal at 1:40 of the second overtime late Thursday night to lift Helena past Alabama Christian 2-1 in the final semifinal match of the first-day action at the 25th AHSAA State Soccer Championships.
    The win sends Coach Zach Morgan’s Huskies (17-7-2) into the school’s first boys’ soccer finals Friday at  5 p.m. at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
     Alabama Christian (19-1-0), coached by Diego de Silva, scored first at 34:39 of the first half with Jaeyeop Lee delivering the kick. Walker Davis assisted. William Newman tied the match at 1-1 early in the second half with Helena’s first goal.
    The two teams battled scoreless the rest of the half, then failed to score in the first overtime. The final goal came after 88 minutes of play.

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