Davidson 2 Enterprise 1 (OT, 3-0 in PK)
HUNTSVILLE –Goalkeeper Christopher Berry came up big stopping three straight penalty kicks as Davidson beat Enterprise 2-1 in a Class 7A boys’ soccer semifinal match Friday that was settled by free kicks after going through two overtime periods.
Davidson (17-12-1), coached by Kevin DeLange, advanced to the Class 7A boys’ championship match with the big win Friday at John Hunt Park. The Warriors will face two- time defending champion Oak Mountain (19-4-4) Saturday at 10 a.m., the finals. The NFHS Network is live-streaming all finals Friday and Saturday.
Neither team could get the ball in the net during the first 40 minutes leaving the score tied 0-0 at halftime. Davidson scored first when Jonathon Lowell scored at the 42:43 mark giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead. Davidson’s lead held unto the 64:53 mark when Kelan LeBlanc scored an amazing goal on a looping 30-foot free kick to tie the score 1-1 for Enterprise (17-4-1), coached by Bruce Ladner. Both teams played tough defense the rest of the way sending the match into overtime.
Neither team could score in the two five-minute overtime periods sending the match siddem death and free kicks.
Davidson’s Berry stopped three Enterprise free kicks while Clairy Kengeye, and Lowell made their kicks for the Warriors. Ferdina Ndikumana then settled the contest with Davidson’s third kick sailing intp the back of the net giving the Warriors the win.
Both teams were able to get 12 shots on goal during the match, but Davidson held the edge on corner kicks 9-2.
Oak Mountain 3, Vestavia Hills 0
HUNTSVILLE – Jackson Murphy’s two goals help two-time defending champion Oak Mountain defeat rival Vestavia Hills in the Class 7A boys’ soccer semifinals Friday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to advance to the AHSAA state finals.
Oak Mountain (19-4-4) will face Davidson (17-12-1) Saturday at 10 a.m. The Eagles of Coach Daniel DeMasters will be attempting to win their 3rd straight state title.
Carl Davis got Oak Mountain off to an early 1-0 lead with his goal at the 3:10 mark. Murphy scored his first goal of two goals at the 38:05 mark to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead and finished the scoring with a goal at the 49:29 mark.
Oak Mountain outshot Vestavia Hills 13-6. Coach Leo Harlan’s Rebels finished 19-5-3.
Oak Mountain goalkeeper Matthew Hazelwood had two saves.