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CLASS 6A Boys State Soccer Championship

Fort Payne 1, Northview 0 (2 OT)
     Freshman forward Evan McPherson’s header for a goal at 87:43 in the second sudden-death overtime to lift Fort Payne to a 1-0 victory in the AHSAA Class 6A boys’ state soccer championship match Saturday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
     McPherson winning goal was set up by a spectacular pass from Danny Gallegos from more than 40 yards away for Coach Jessie Gamez’s Wildcats (20-1-4).  McPherson was named MVP of the championship match.
     Goalkeeper Luis Ramirez had the biggest defensive play of the match with a save on goal in the final seconds of regulation. A long Northview kick got behind the Fort Payne defenders and Ramirez jumped high to snag the ball as it bounced over his head in front of the goal. Ramirez finished with four saves.
     That save sent the two teams into overtime tied at 0-0.
      Jesus Escalera played well for Northview (17-5-1), coached by Joe Nelson, taking four shots and keeping pressure on Fort Payne’s defense in the second half.
      The state title was the second for Fort Payne’s boys. The Wildcats also won the 5A state championship in 2011. The Fort Payne girls have won eight state championships in the 25-year history of the AHSAA soccer championship program, including the first six 1A-5A titles from 1991-1996.

CLASS 7A Girls State Soccer Championship

Oak Mountain 2, Auburn 1, 2 OT (3-1 in shootout)
     Oak Mountain High School downed Auburn 2-1 Saturday to win its second straight girls state soccer championship.
    The Lady Eagles (24-3-1) of Coach David DiPiazza won the 6A state crown in 2014 and won in the AHSAA’s first-ever Class 7A state championship match on Saturday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
     Auburn (17-1-1) pushed Oak Mountain to the limit, however, tying the match 1-1 in regulation and then forcing two scoreless overtimes before falling 3-1 in the shootout.
    After Shelby Wall made Auburn’s first shot on goal, Eagle senior goalkeeper Katie Denney blocked three straight Auburn kicks to seal the win. In the meantime, Oak Mountain made its first three tries with Alexandra Dunn, Nealy Martin and Julia Pack each scoring on their tries.
       Denney, named the Class 7A championship match MVP, finished with five saves.
       Pack scored the first goal of the match at 54:47 in the second half to give Oak Mountain a 1-0 lead. Her shot was set up by Julia Buckner’s assist.  Auburn, coached by Chris Blight, tied the match just 21 seconds later when Abby Meadows delivered on a direct kick.
     Oak Mountain has now won three girls’ state soccer titles – all coming in the last four years.

CLASS 4A-5A Girls State Soccer Championship

Randolph 3, St. Paul’s Episcopal 2, 2 OT (4-2 in shootout)
     Randolph School made it a sweep in the AHSAA Class 4A-5A state soccer championships with a 3-2 double-overtime victory won in a shootout over St. Paul’s Episcopal in the  girls finals at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
    Randolph’s boys won 3-2 versus St. Paul’s in the boys finals earlier Friday night.
    St. Paul’s (18-5-4) took the early lead on Ali Sutherland’s first-half goal at the 28:54 mark.  Abby Knowling, the 4A-5A championship MVP, tied the match with a goal six minutes later. 
    Coach Ken Hudson’s Lady Raiders took a 2-1 lead at 61:30 with Renae Washburn’s goal, but with only 4:15 remaining in the second half, Sutherland scored her second goal for Coach Brian Thomas’ Saints to send the match into overtime.
   Neither team scored in the first or second overtime period setting up the final shootout.
   Abby Harper, Eva Schoenrock, Elise Greco and goalkeeper Daria Zarzeka each made goals for Randolph in the shootout. Ellie Grehan and Elizabeth Bailey made goals for St. Paul’s.
   On the night, St. Paul’s keeper Cameron Drum had five saves.
    The title was the third in school history for Randolph’s girls. The Raiders also won 1A-4A state championships in 2009 and 2013. St. Paul’s won its only state title in 2009 (5A).

CLASS 1A-3A Boys State Soccer Championship

Westminster-Oak Mountain 4, Faith Christian 0
     Westminster of Oak Mountain (16-1-2) downed Faith Christian 4-0 in the AHSAA Class 1A-3A state boys’ soccer finals Friday night to claim the Knights’ first state title at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
    Championship match MVP Jack Stein scored the only goal of  the first half as Coach Patrick Fitzgerald’s team led 1-0 at intermission.  Jared Keeler, Daniel Richardson and Nathan Richards tallied the other three goals in the second half.
    Goalkeeper Caleb McCord had 10 saves for Faith Christian (13-3-0), coached by Erik McDaniel. Keeper Jonathan Stanford had on save for Westminster.



CLASS 4A-5A Boys State Soccer Championship

Randolph 3, St. Paul’s Episcopal 2
     Senior forward Fisher Lucas scored the winning goal with 37 seconds left in the second half Friday night as Randolph beat St. Paul’s Episcopal 3-2 to claim the 2015 AHSAA Class 4A-5A boys state soccer championship.
    Lucas earned MVP honors with all three Raiders’ goals in the finals. His first two came in the opening half – at 11:48 and 23:11 – to give Randolph, coached by Alex Tomlinson, a 2-0 lead.  Noah Harrelson of St. Paul’s closed the lead to 2-1 with the Saints’ first goal at 27:20.  Harrelson tied the match with six minutes remaining to tie the match at 2-2.
    Fisher then nailed the winning goal with a pass from Austin Ly setting up his final shot. Omer Yousuf assisted Fisher on his first goal.
    The state title was Randolph’s sixth boys’ title, third best in AHSAA state boys’ soccer playoff history. The Raiders also had titles in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006 and 2007.
    Faith Christian of Anniston and Westminster-Oak Mountain played in the 1A-3A boys’ finals while Randolph and St. Paul’s squared off in the 4A-5A finals in the late matches Friday night.
    The 25th AHSAA State Soccer Championships will conclude Saturday with state finals for Class 6A and 7A boys and girls. The 7A girls’ championship and 6A boys’ championship matches will be at 10 a.m. at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park. The 6A girls’ and 7A boys’ finals will follow at 12:30 p.m. All finals are being video live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Information about the subscriber-based webcast can be found at:     
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/promo/2015/ahsaa?utm_source=2015springstassoc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2015ahsaaspring

CLASS 1A-3A Girls State Championship

Montgomery Academy 10, West Morgan 1
     Montgomery Academy (21-1-2) scored eight first-half goals to post a 10-1 victory over West Morgan (16-7-0) Friday night in the AHSAA 2015 Class 1A-3A girls’ state soccer finals at John Hunt Park.
    The title was the fifth in MA history and second in a row for Coach J.A. Stuart Bonner’s Eagles.
    Senior midfielder Brenna Katz earned MVP honors of the championship match. The leader of the Eagles’ defense scored one of two second-half and assisted on another.
     Cari Budny scored the first two goals for Montgomery Academy in the first six minutes of the match. Tara Katz, Brenna Katz’s eighth-grade sister, also had two goals and three assists. Maggie Chambers added two goals, Gracie Truelove and Mead Robertson had one goal each. Truelove also had two assists.
    West Morgan, coached by Brandon Rice, was in its first soccer championship match in school history. The Lady Rebels scored 19 goals in four playoff matches. Christen Sistrunk got West Morgan’s only goal with an assist from Brianna Thorne. Goalkeeper Krystyn Chambers had six saves and Dora Eskridge, Montgomery Academy’s keeper, had two.

CLASS 7A BOYS SEMIFINALS

Auburn 3, Fairhope 1
    Auburn High School’s boys soccer team beat Fairhope 3-1 Friday night in the AHSAA boys’ Class 7A state playoff semifinals and joined its girls in Saturday’s state championship matches at John Hunt Soccer Complex at Huntsville.
    Auburn’s girls advanced to Saturday’s 7A girls’ championship to face Oak Mountain at 10 a.m.  The boys, coached Bill Ferguson, also will meet Oak Mountain in the 7A boys’ championship match at 12:30 Saturday afternoon.
     The Tigers (15-8-3) led 1-0 at the half versus Fairhope thanks to Avery Atkins’ goal at the 7:27 mark. His goal was set up by Quentin Shackett’s assist.
      Fairhope (18-7-1) tied the match at 50:19 in the second half following a red card disqualification free kick. Weston Beck delivered the goal with an assist from Jack Odom.
     Auburn finished strong, however, with Harun Kalin scoring at 74:11 and Sammy McIntosh closing the scoring with a goal at 78:08. That goal was aided by Atkins’ assist.
     Tim Mixson had three saves as the Tigers’ goalkeeper.  Fairhope keeper Luke Hembree had five saves.
     The Class 7A boys’ finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.

Oak Mountain 3, Bob Jones 0
    Oak Mountain (22-4-1) shut out Bob Jones 3-0 in the Class 7A boys’ semifinals Friday afternoon and advanced to Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. state championship match versus Auburn.
    The Eagles of Coach Daniel DeMasters got two goals from senior Robert Ratliff, the first at 22:21 and the second early in the second half at 50:01.
    Caleb Van Geffen scored the final goal with 19 minutes left to play.
    Ryan Dearman had four saves as the Eagles’ goalkeeper, and Quentin Boric had one goal as the Fairhope keeper.
    Oak Mountain has won four state titles with the last coming in 2011.
    Oak Mountain’s girls also advanced to Saturday’s finals to face Auburn.

CLASS 7A GIRLS SEMIFINALS

Auburn 3, Fairhope 1
    Auburn High School’s boys soccer team beat Fairhope 3-1 Friday night in the AHSAA boys’ Class 7A state playoff semifinals and joined its girls in Saturday’s state championship matches at John Hunt Soccer Complex at Huntsville.
    Auburn’s girls advanced to Saturday’s 7A girls’ championship to face Oak Mountain at 10 a.m.  The boys, coached Bill Ferguson, also will meet Oak Mountain in the 7A boys’ championship match at 12:30 Saturday afternoon.
     The Tigers (15-8-3) led 1-0 at the half versus Fairhope thanks to Avery Atkins’ goal at the 7:27 mark. His goal was set up by Quentin Shackett’s assist.
      Fairhope (18-7-1) tied the match at 50:19 in the second half following a red card disqualification free kick. Weston Beck delivered the goal with an assist from Jack Odom.
     Auburn finished strong, however, with Harun Kalin scoring at 74:11 and Sammy McIntosh closing the scoring with a goal at 78:08. That goal was aided by Atkins’ assist.
     Tim Mixson had three saves as the Tigers’ goalkeeper.  Fairhope keeper Luke Hembree had five saves.
     The Class 7A boys’ finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.

Oak Mountain 3, Bob Jones 0
    Oak Mountain (22-4-1) shut out Bob Jones 3-0 in the Class 7A boys’ semifinals Friday afternoon and advanced to Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. state championship match versus Auburn.
    The Eagles of Coach Daniel DeMasters got two goals from senior Robert Ratliff, the first at 22:21 and the second early in the second half at 50:01.
    Caleb Van Geffen scored the final goal with 19 minutes left to play.
    Ryan Dearman had four saves as the Eagles’ goalkeeper, and Quentin Boric had one goal as the Fairhope keeper.
    Oak Mountain has won four state titles with the last coming in 2011.
    Oak Mountain’s girls also advanced to Saturday’s finals to face Auburn.

CLASS 7A GIRLS SEMIFINALS

Auburn 1, McGill-Toolen Catholic 0
    Auburn (17-1-1) moved into the AHSAA Class 7A girls state soccer championship match with a 1-0 win over McGill-Toolen Catholic  (20-7-0) Friday at John Hunt Park.
     Oak Mountain (23-3-1) beat Bob Jones in the other semifinal 2-0.
     The Class 7A finals will be Saturday at 10 a.m., with the NFHS Network live-streaming the championship live over the NFHS Network.
    The Lady Tigers of Coach Chris Blight scored early in the second half of their semifinal match when junior Sarah Moore posted the only goal of the contest on a pass from junior teammate Hannah DeWeese.
     McGill-Toolen had two shots in the contest but no shots on goal.  Jackets goalkeeper Eva Knapstein had three saves for McGill-Toolen.

Oak Mountain 2, Bob Jones 0
    Oak Mountain (23-3-1) scored two first-half goals Friday to post a 2-0 victory over Bob Jones in the AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state soccer semifinals.
    The Eagles of Coach David DiPiazza took a 1-0 lead at 30:40 when Alexandra Dunn scored for Oak Mountain.  Lauren Beard notched the other goal with 1:40 left in the half on a soaring kick from Lauren Beard from 35 yards out to end the scoring.
     Bob Jones goalkeeper Taylor Felts had three saves and Avery Batson had three shots on goal.
    Oak Mountain won the Class 6A state title in 2014 and 2012 but moved to  Class 7A this school year when the AHSAA moved to seven classifications.

CLASS 6A BOYS SEMIFINALS

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:

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/promo/2015/ahsaa?utm_source=2015springstassoc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2015ahsaaspring

Fort Payne 1, Pelham 0
   
Freshman Evan McPherson scored the match’s only goal just 18:02 into the AHSAA Class 6A boys state soccer semifinal Friday and the Wildcats defense did the rest as the Wildcats advanced to the state finals.
    Fort Payne (19-1-4), coached by Jessie Gamez, will face Northview in the championship match Saturday at 10 a.m.
    Pelham (16-8-3) could manage only three shots on goal, all stopped by Fort Payne goalkeeper Luis Ramirez.
    Pelham goalkeeper Andrue Ham had three saves.
    Fort Payne won the Class 5A state championship in 2011 but will be playing in the 6A finals for the first time in school history.