Briarwood Christian 3, St. Paul’s Episcopal 0
Junior forward Logan Frost scored two second-half goals to lead Briarwood Christian (23-2-1) to a 3-0 victory over St. Paul’s Episcopal (19-5-3) at Thursday’s Class 4A/5A Boys ‘State Soccer Championship semifinals at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
Defending state champion Randolph (15-4-2) won the other semifinal 4-1 over Arab to set up the championship match Friday at 5 p.m., as the 28th annual AHSAA Class 4A/5A State Soccer Championships continue.
Classes 6A and 7A will open play Friday with semifinal matches. The 6A girls’ semis kick off the action at 9 a.m. with Northview (15-4-1) vs. John Carroll Catholic (19-3-1) and Gardendale (13-5-1) meeting Southside-Gadsden (17-1-1). The 6A boys’ semifinals follow at 11 a.m., with Northview (13-9-1) taking on unbeaten Homewood (22-0-2) and Pell City (13-5-2) facing Fort Payne (18-3-3).
In Class 7A, Vestavia Hills (20-3-1) plays James Clemens (14-3-2) and Enterprise (10-8-2) plays defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (17-2-3) in the girls’ semifinals at 1 p.m. The boys’ finals at 3 p.m. pit Auburn (13-4-0) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-8-5) and Vestavia Hills (17-5-1) vs. Mountain Brook (21-5-2).
Finals for 1A/3A girls and 4A/5A boys will follow at 5 p.m., with 1A/3A boys and 4A/5A girls playing finals at 7. The 6A and 7A championship matches will be Saturday. All finals are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network with Cullman High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program producing the events. CHS’s John Drake is executive producer.
Griffin Felton scored the other goal in Briarwood’s win Thursday. Goalkeeper Grant Fielding also had four saves for the Lions of Coach Shawn Brower. Wright Mullins had two saves for St. Paul’s, coached by Chad Harrelson.
Randolph 4, Arab 1
The defending Class 4A/5A state champion Raiders (15-4-2), coached by Alex Tomlinson, took the early lead in the other Class 4A/5A boys’ semifinal Thursday when sophomore Ian Krajna scored just 4:11 into the match to give Randolph a 1-0 lead. Sam Hartley’s goal later in the half made it 2-0 at intermission.
Lauren Honeycutt's goal on a penalty kick made it 3-0 in second half and Hartley closed out the Randolph scoring with is second goal of the contest.
Arab (13-3-1) got its goal when Judson Hunt scored in the second half.
Kyle King had four saves on goal for the Knights of Coach Brian Quarles. Hunt’s goal was Arab’s only shot-on-goal in the entire match.
Montgomery Academy 11, Indian Springs 1
Junior forward Katz had seven shots on goal -- making an three, and freshman teammate Leighton Robertson made three on five shot attempts as the defending state champion Eagles (19-3) ousted Indian Springs (14-5) in the 2018 Class 1A/3A girls’ semifinals at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park Thursday.
Coach Carter Tuck’s Eagles led 5-0 at the half with five different players notching one goal each -- Robertson, Katz, Virginia Meacham, Brooke Horne and Mead Robertson.
Leighton Robertson, Kata and Hayes Jenkins had two each in the second half with Katz’s final goal at the 68:55 mark ended the game by 10-goal rule.
Logan McFadden’s goal at 47:09 of the second half was the the lone goal for Indian Springs. Goalkeeper Scout Carruthers had 10 saves for Indian Springs, and Caroline Kirkham had two for Montgomery Academy.
Montgomery Academy will face West Morgan (20-6) in the finals of the 28th annual State Tourney Friday at 5 p.m.
West Morgan 5, Donoho 0
Freshman Mari Julia Delgado gave West Morgan (20-6) the lead just three minutes into the semifinal match with Donoho and older sister Maribel Delgado nailed the final goal early in the second half as Coach Brandon Rice’s Rebels advanced past the Falcons (17-2) into the Class 1A/3A finals with the 5-0 win.
Seventh grader Brandy Hernandez added two goals and Helena Jankowski had one goal and one assist for West Morgan. Donoho keeper Maggie Wakefield had four saves and Joseline Lopez had four saves for the Rebels.
All championship matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and can be accessed by going to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ soccer all-star matches have been selected.
All selected players, rising seniors for the Class of 2019, were chosen by the Soccer Selection Committee from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery in July, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
The North-South boys’ and girls’ soccer doubleheader will be at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex on Tuesday, July 17, with the girls playing at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 7.
The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state competition in baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, football and cross country. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl.
The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event that includes sports-specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
Among the week’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2017-18 school year, and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2018 Making A Difference Award Recipients, Coaches of the Year in each sport and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 20.
Coaches for the South Girls’ Soccer All-Stars are Cheryl Flores of McGill-Toolen Catholic, who coached the Lady Jackets to the school’s first Class 7A state championship last season, and Sophie Simantel of Auburn. Ken Wright of the Montgomery Public Schools is administrative coach. Helena’s Cliff Naron and Russellville’s Trey Sanford are North coaches. George Cavender will be the administrative assistant.
Coaching the North boys are Matthew Pharr of Cherokee County and Jake Siefert of Sparkman. South coaches are Bruce Ladner of Enterprise and Nick Berryman of Alabama Christian. Wright and Cavender will also serve as administrative coaches for the boys’ game.
The North swept both matches in 2017 with the girls winning 4-1 and the boys 5-2. The North girls hold a 13-2-1 edge in the series and the North Boys have a 10-4-1 advantage.
The 2018 Soccer All-Star rosters are:
2018 NORTH-SOUTH SOCCER ALL-STARS
Mars Hill Bible
Southside - Gadsden
S.R. Butler (Retired) -Admin.
St. Paul's Episcopal
St. Michael Catholic
Montgomery Schools - Admin.
John Carroll Catholic
Jack "JT" Jones
Montgomery Public Schools - Admin.
Cullman played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Outside Participation Rule found on page 24 of the 2017-18 AHSAA Handbook, which states a student who is a member of any school athletic team (grades 7-12) may not participate (includes practice) on a non-school team in the same sport during the school season in that sport.
Oxford advances and will host Florence Tuesday night in the second round of the Class 6A state soccer playoffs. Cullman’s season is now completed.
The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.