Vestavia Hills 2, Oak Mountain 0
HUNTSVILLE – Defending Class 7A state champion Vestavia Hills made the most of its four shots on goal Friday afternoon scoring on two of them as the Lady Rebels (19-1-3) beat Oak Mountain 2-0 semifinals of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships at John Hunt Park.
Coach Brigid Littleton’s team advances to play McGill-Toolen Catholic (22-2) in Saturday’s Class 7A girls’ state championship match at noon
Caroline Silvio scored the Rebels’ first goal at the 4:13 mark to take an early 1-0 lead. Taylor Korn’s goal at the 20:13 mark increased the Vestavia Hills lead to 2-0 at intermission. Oak Mountain (20-3-2) outshot Vestavia Hills 6-4 for the game and kept the ball in the Rebels’ end of the field most of the final 40 minutes, but could never cash in..
Vestavia goalkeeper Anna Woodson had one save on goal. The Rebels will be going for their fifth state title overall, winning past championships in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2016. Saturday’s championship will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
McGill-Toolen Catholic 5, Fairhope 1
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.
Chelsea 5, Northview 0
HUNTSVILLE – Haley Green’s hat trick helped Chelsea defeat Northview 5-0 in the Class 6A girls’ state soccer semifinals Friday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to advance to the AHSAA state finals. Chelsea (16-6-1) will meet Southside-Gadsden (16-5-1) Saturday in the championship match at 10 a.m. The finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
Green’s first goal got the Hornets on the board first right before the end of the first half at the 37:58 mark. Chelsea dominated the final 40 minutes getting two more goals from Green and a goal from Claire Gullen at the 15:14 mark. The final goal was scored by Mary Connor Smith at the 10:15 mark.
Northview head coach Haley Williams got a great effort from goalkeeper Adriana Wright, stopping 18 shots. Chelsea outshot Northview 38-1 helping goalkeeper Sabrina Long from having to face a single shot on goal for the match.
Mary Connor Smith finished the scoring for Chelsea, coached by Jonathan Hammett, with her goal with 9:45 left in the match.
Chelsea will be trying to get its second championship in school history The Hornets won the 5A championship in 2012.
Southside-Gadsden 7, Pell City 0
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Gardendale High School has been fined and placed on probation by the Alabama High School Athletic Association and removed from the Class 6A girls’ state soccer playoffs for playing an ineligible player in violation of the Outside Participation Rule. The violation was self-reported.
Shades Valley has been reinstated into the playoffs and will host Pell City in quarterfinals this weekend.