McGILL-TOOLEN 1, AUBURN 0
McGill-Toolen Catholic High School scored the Class 7A boys’ semifinal match’s only goal with 2:20 remaining in the second half to beat Auburn 1-0 to advance to the state finals Saturday. The Yellow Jackets (20-5-3) will meet defending state champion Oak Mountain (27-0-2) in the 7A finals of the 25th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at John Hunt Soccer Complex.
Oak Mountain beat Huntsville 2-1 in a shootout in the other 7A seminal to reach Saturday’s championship match. All finals are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
Junior midfielder Will Buschmann scored the goal on a 20-yard kick from the left side for Coach Nate Nicholas’s Jackets for the winning goal.
Both goalkeepers had outstanding matches with Auburn’s Peyton Segrest accumulating four saves and McGill-Toolen’s Henry Blache recording five. Head coach for Auburn (12-7-5) is Bill Ferguson.
OAK MOUNTAIN 2, HUNTSVILLE 1 (2 OT, 5-3 in shootout)
Oak Mountain and Huntsville battled through two 20-minute halves, two five-minute overtime periods and a grueling shootout before the defending Class 7A state champion Eagles prevailed with a 2-1 Class 7A boys’ semifinal victory Friday afternoon. The match closed out the semifinals of the 25th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships at John Hunt Soccer Complex.
The Eagles (27-0-2), coached by Daniel DeMasters, made all five kicks in the shootout and Huntsville managed making three of its four attempts. Making kicks for Oak Mountain were Charles Jeter, Hunter Holstad, Carl Davis, Brandon Kelly and Christian Thomason. Making kicks for Huntsville were Tyler Bird, Connor Smelser and Matthew Landsell.
Jeter scored Oak Mountain’s only goal in regulation just 8:03 into the match. Landon White had the assist. Huntsville’s Jack Arey tied the match 1-1 at 22:55 of the opening half. That’s how it remained until the shootout. Mo Khodabandeh is head coach for Huntsville (15-8-3).
Oak Mountain beat Auburn in last year’s finals for the Eagles’ fifth boys state soccer championship in school history.