Class 4A/5A Girls’ Semifinals

Saint John Paul II Catholic 2, Arab 1
HUNTSVILLE – Saint John Paul Catholic’s Mary Alex Conrad scored the winning goal with 20 seconds left in the contest Thursday to lift the Falcons past Arab 2-1 in the Class 4A/5A semifinals Thursday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to advance to the AHSAA state finals Friday. Saint John Paul II (14-6-2) will meet Briarwood Christian (14-5-3) in the championship match to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. 
   Coach Sam Bennett’s Falcons fell behind in the first half when senior forward Malaina Daugherty scored at the 15:49 mark. Grace Adam tied the match for Saint John Paul II with a goal at 35:36.
    The second half was primarily a defensive struggle until Conard shook loose for the winning goal.
    Arab (21-4-2), coached by Jason Guger, limited the Falcons to just six shots on goal with Lady Knights goalkeeper Gracie Davidson recording four saves. Arab could muster only two shots on goal with  Saint John Paul II goalkeeper Alex Pressnell finishing with one save.

Briarwood Christian 6, Faith Academy 1
   HUNTSVILLE – Sisters Sarah and Maggie Adcock accounted for five goals and one assist Thursday as Briarwood Christian downed Faith Academy 6-1 in the Class 4A/5A girls’ AHSAA State Soccer Championships semifinals at John Hunt Park.  The Lady Lions (14-5-3) will meet  Saint John Paul II Catholic Friday at 5 p.m.
    Senior forward Sarah Adcock scored four goals, the first at 3:44 of the first half, and the last coming at 51:32 as Briarwood built a 6-0 lead. Maggie Adcock nailed the second goal of the match at 31:51 and assisted her sister on the final goal. Grace Harris also scored once for the Lions, who have won eight state titles in the school’s storied girls’ soccer history. The last state championship came in 2010. Rebecca Wolfe also had an assist.
     Faith Academy (20-5-1), coached by Gaines Sullivan, scored with 10 minutes left when Gracie East landed the kick.
    Briarwood goalkeeper Caroline Duffee had two saves, and Faith’s Jordyn Dickinson had four.

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