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.

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