2017 Class 4A/5A Boys’ Semifinals

Randolph 3, Sylacauga 1
HUNTSVILLE – Randolph scored early and held off Sylacauga’s comeback effort Thursday to post a 3-1 victory in the Class 4A/5A boys’ semifinals of the 27th AHSAA State Soccer Championships at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
    The victory sends the Raiders (23-2-3) into the Class 4A/5A state finals Friday against Briarwood Christian (17-5-3) at 7 p.m. The championship match will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. 
     Randolph will be seeking its seventh state boys’ title overall while Briarwood will be seeking its fifth. The Raiders last won in 2015 while the Lions’ last championship came in 2015.
     The AHSAA State Championships continue Friday with semifinal action in Class 6A and 7A for girls and boys. The finals in Classes 1A/3A and 4A/5A will close out Friday’s session. Class 6A and 7A championship matches are scheduled for Saturday.
     Coach Alex Tomlinson’s Raiders took a 1-0 lead over Sylacauga just 6:21 into the semifinal contest when senior midfield Barrett Butler scored the match’s first goal. Parker League, a sophomore, tacked on a goal at 11:45 as Randolph took a 2-0 lead in at intermission. Sophomore Sam Hartley got the Raiders’ last goal early in the second half. Sylacauga (22-4-1) got its goal with just under six minutes left in the match when Rodrigo Estavillo took an assist from Cade Bryant and scored.
    Brayden Beutler, Coach Matt Zedaker’s goalkeeper, had nine saves. Max Shaw had three saves for Randolph.

Briarwood Christian 2, Andalusia 0
   HUNTSVILLE – Briarwood Christian scored two goals in the span of 91 seconds in the second half to nip Andalusia 2-0 in the Class 4A/5A semifinals at John Hunt Park Thursday night and joined the school’s girls by clinching a berth in the AHSAA State Soccer Championships state finals.
    Coach Shawn Brower’s Lions (17-5-3) play Randolph (23-2-3) in the championship match at 7 p.m., Friday night. The Briarwood girls face Saint John Paul II Catholic in the girls’ finals at 5 p.m.
     Sophomore Logan Frost broke a scoreless just 2 ½ minutes into the second half when he drilled a feed from junior Griffin Felton into the net for Briarwood’s first goal. Hamilton Bowen followed with the Lions’ second goal at 44:07.
    The Briarwood defense kept the ball away from its goal most of the night with keeper Grant Fielding notching two saves.  Andalusia (14-2), playing in the Final Four for the first time, got an outstanding game from its goalkeeper, freshman Franklin Osario. He had five saves to keep Coach Jarret Williamson’s Bulldogs close the entire match. Defender Treymayne Stoudemire also played an outstanding game on defense.

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