Northview 6, Benjamin Russell 1
Sophomore Jesus Escalera scored two goals and had one assist Friday to spark Northview of Dothan to a 6-1 victory over Benjamin Russell in the 2015 AHSAA Class 6A state boys’ soccer semifinals.
The Cougars (17-4-1) of Coach Joe Nelson posted three goals in each half with Escalera notching both of his goals at 18:48 and 34:53 of the first half, respectively. Freshman Miguel Gallegos added the third first-half goal.
Grant Hudson’s goal 2:26 into the second half for Benjamin Russell (19-4-4) cut Northview’s lead to 3-1. The Cougars finished in a flourish, however, with Fredy Fernandez-Escalera, Bryan Fernandez-Escalera and Benjamin Dowd netting one goal each in the final 14 minutes of the match. The final two goals came in the last 40 seconds.
Wildcats goalkeeper Scott Sturdivant had two saves and Northview keeper Coby Neenan also had two saves.
Northview will face Fort Payne in the 6A championship match Saturday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex at 10 a.m. The match will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Details on how to subscribe to the live video webcast can be found at the following link: