Pelham 1, Daphne 0
HUNTSVILLE –Pelham shut out Daphne1-0 in the Class 6A semifinals Friday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to advance to the 27th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships title game.
Pelham (21-6-1) will meet defending state champion Cullman (16-6-1) Saturday at noon in the championship match. It will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Pelham will be trying to win its first state title.
Pelham’s Braxton Jeffcoat scored the match’s only goal at the 22:19 mark. He was assisted by Irvin Rodriguez. Both teams played a physical game defensively with Daphne (15-12-1) committing 10 fouls to Pelham’s 12. The Trojans, coached by Cameron Williams, also committed 2 caution penalties to Pelham's 3.
Coach Patrick McDonald’s Panthers held an 18-5 advantage on shots attempted. Still, Daphne Daphne made a late push in the final seconds coming up short on two shots on goal and a failed corner kick as Pelham preserved th e win.
Daphne goalkeeper Brandon Bowers had eight saves. Pellham’s Seth Torman had two.
Cullman 5, Birmingham-Carver 0
HUNTSVILLE – Defending Class 6A state champion Cullman High School got two goals from Miguel Tizapa as the Bearcats downed Carver-Birmingham 5-0 in the 6A semifinals of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships Friday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park..
Cullman (16-6-1) will meet Pelham Saturday at noon in the Class 6A boys’ state championship match. All championship matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network with.
Coach Casey Harbin’s Bearcats led 4-0 at intermission thanks to goals by Washington Sheffield at the 8:43 mark, followed by Tizapa’s two goals and a goal by Joel Sanchez. Isaac Rodriguez scored a final goal for Cullman at the 29:04 in the second half to extend the lead to 5-0. Cullman outshot Carver-Birmingham (15-4-1) 18-2 for the match. Bearcats goalkeeper Jaron Porter had one save on goal. Carver, coached by Tenell Marshall, was making its first state semifinal appearance in school history. Goalkeeper Nelson Villanueva had seven saves to lead the Rams.
Cullman will be vying for its third state title. The Bearcats also won the 5A crown in 2002.