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CLASS 4A/5A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

HELENA 4, RANDOLPH 0
    
 The Helena High School Huskies captured the school’s first state championship Friday night defeating defending state champion Randolph 4-0 in the Class 4A/5A championship match of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
     The championship came in just the second year of the Shelby County school’s existence. It opened its doors at the beginning of the 2014-15 school  year.  The Huskies baseball team reached the 5A finals last spring. The girls’ soccer team also reached the 2016 semifinals.
      Coach Zach Morgan’s Huskies (18-7-2) took control of the scoreless match with two goals in a five-minute span late in the first half.  Senior defender Yeltsin Canales scored at 30 minutes into the contest to give Helena a 1-0 lead.  Class 4A/5A Championship MVP Vincent Navaez scored the first of his two goals at 35 minutes as Helena cruised into intermission leading 2-0.
     Navaez, a freshman,  scored at 50:38 of the second stretching the lead to 3-0, and senior midfielder Michael Humphrey closed out the scoring with a goal at 73:36.
     The Huskies defense allowed only two hosts by Randolph. The Raiders are coached by Alex Tomlinson.
    The championship marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991.  Championships continue Saturday at John Hunt Soccer Complex with Class 7A girls’ and Class 6A boys’ state championship matches at 10 a.m., followed by Class 7A boys’ and Class 6A girls’ finals at 12:30 p.m.
     All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Viewers can access at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa.

CLASS 1A/3A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

BAYSIDE ACADEMY 3, ALTAMONT 2
     
Bayside Academy scored the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute Friday night and claimed the Daphne school’s first AHSAA state boys’ soccer championship with a 3-2 win over Altamont.
    The Admirals (21-4-0) won the Class 1A/3A state crown as the second day of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships came to a close at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
         The championship marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991.  Championships continue Saturday at John Hunt Soccer Complex with Class 7A girls’ and Class 6A boys’ state championship matches at 10 a.m., followed by Class 7A boys’ and Class 6A girls’ finals at 12:30 p.m.
      Sergi Cebrian-Claramunt scored the winning goal with an assist from Robert Sullivan at 72:44 of the 80-minute final.   Seth Matthews scored the other two goals for Coach Jamie Ferguson’s squad to earn 1A/3A Boys Championship MVP honors. Jack Hammele assisted on Matthews’ final goal.
      Mihnir Limdi and William Jackson had first-half goals for Altamont (13-5-1), coached by Sean Gibson.
     All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Viewers can access at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa.


CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC 4, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN 1
     
Holy Spirit Catholic High School junior Jordan Richmond scored four goals Friday night to lead the unbeaten Lady Titans to a 4-0 victory over previously undefeated Westbrook Christian in the Class 1A/3A girls’ finals of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
     The soccer championship was the first in AHSAA history for Coach Arthur Howington’s girls.
     Holy Spirit (17-0-0) took the lead for good at 39:13 of the first half when Richmond, named the Class 1A/3A State Championship MVP,  scored her first goal of the night. She added a quick goal 3:45 into the second half to make it 2-0.  Westbrook Christian (24-1-0) , coached by Joel Hawbaker, cut the lead to one with a goal by junior forward Olivia Strickland 10 minutes later.
    Richmond closed out the scoring with two goals in the final 14 minutes to seal the victory. She wasnear perfect going  4-of-5 with shots on goal. Holy Spirit goalkeeper Blakley Jones had four saves for the Titans.  Mattie Loyd had three saves for the Warriors.
    The championship marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991.  Championships continue Saturday at John Hunt Soccer Complex with Class 7A girls’ and Class 6A boys’ state championship matches at 10 a.m., followed by Class 7A boys’ and Class 6A girls’ finals at 12:30 p.m.
     All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Viewers can access at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa.


CLASS 7A BOYS SEMIFINALS

McGILL-TOOLEN 1, AUBURN 0
     
McGill-Toolen  Catholic High School scored the Class 7A boys’ semifinal match’s only goal with 2:20 remaining in the second half to beat Auburn 1-0 to advance to the state finals Saturday. The Yellow Jackets (20-5-3) will meet defending state champion Oak Mountain (27-0-2) in the 7A finals of the 25th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at John Hunt Soccer Complex.
      Oak Mountain beat Huntsville 2-1 in a shootout in the other 7A seminal to reach Saturday’s  championship match. All finals are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
      Junior midfielder Will Buschmann scored the goal on a 20-yard kick from the left side for Coach Nate Nicholas’s Jackets for the winning goal.
    Both goalkeepers had outstanding matches with Auburn’s Peyton Segrest accumulating four saves and McGill-Toolen’s Henry Blache recording five. Head coach for Auburn (12-7-5) is Bill Ferguson.


OAK MOUNTAIN 2, HUNTSVILLE 1 (2 OT, 5-3 in shootout)
    
 Oak Mountain and Huntsville battled through two 20-minute halves, two five-minute overtime periods and a grueling shootout before the defending Class 7A state champion Eagles prevailed with a 2-1 Class 7A boys’ semifinal victory Friday afternoon. The match closed out the semifinals of the 25th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships at John Hunt Soccer Complex.
     The Eagles (27-0-2), coached by Daniel DeMasters, made all five kicks in the shootout and Huntsville managed making three of its four attempts.   Making kicks for Oak Mountain were Charles Jeter, Hunter Holstad, Carl Davis, Brandon Kelly and Christian Thomason. Making kicks for Huntsville were Tyler Bird, Connor Smelser and Matthew Landsell.
    Jeter scored Oak Mountain’s only goal in regulation just 8:03 into the match. Landon White had the assist.  Huntsville’s Jack Arey tied the match 1-1 at 22:55 of the opening half. That’s how it remained until the shootout. Mo Khodabandeh is head coach for Huntsville (15-8-3).
    Oak Mountain beat Auburn in last year’s finals for the Eagles’ fifth boys state soccer championship in school history.


CLASS 7A GIRLS SEMIFINALS

VESTAVIA HILLS 5, HUNTSVILLE 1
     
Vestavia Hills scored three goals in the first half and cruised to a 5-1 victory over Huntsville Friday afternoon in the Class 7A girls’ semifinals of the 25th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships at John Hunt Soccer Complex.
      The Rebels (22-2-0) advanced to Saturday’s 10 a.m. championship match versus Auburn with the win.  All finals are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
      Senior midfielder Sophia Kamburis scored two goals, one in each half, for Coach Brigid Littleton’s squad.  Sophomore Faith Hamburg, senior Kennedy Hicks and sophomore Alli Glaze also scored goals for Vestavia Hills.
      Sophomore MacKenzie Johnston tallied the goal for Huntsville (16-9-1), coached by Ivy Robinson.
     Vestavia goalkeeper Lauren Rossell had three saves.

AUBURN 1, McGILL-TOOLEN 0
    
 Coach Chris Blight’s Tigers scored the match’s only goal at the 52:59 mark in the second half en route to a 1-0 girls’ Class 7A semifinal victory over McGill-Toolen (21-4-0) Friday.
      Hannah DeWeese notched the goal lifting her short kick from the left side of the goal just over the outstretched arms of McGill-Toolen goalkeeper Eva Knapstein into the right corner of the net.  Both teams played outstanding defense with Auburn attempting four shots on goal and the Jackets attempting three.
      Saturday’s championship appearance will be the second in a row for Auburn. The Tigers lost 2-1 to Oak Mountain in last year’s finals – which was tied through two overtimes and ended in a shootout.


CLASS 6A BOYS SEMIFINALS

CULLMAN 2, PELHAM 0
     
Cullman High School scored once in each half to defeat Pelham 2-0 Friday and clinched a berth in the Class 6A boys’ finals of 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships. The 25th annual AHSAA State Soccer Tournament is being held at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
      The Bearcats (23-4-2) will face Daphne (16-5-5) Saturday at 10 a.m. Saturday. All championship matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
        Senior Ben Walker scored the first goal at 29:15 in the first half of Friday’s semifinals. Fellow senior Guilherme Albuquerque notched the final goal at 74:19 in the match to close out the scoring.  Kip Potter, the Bearcats’ goalkeeper, had one save as the Cullman defense allowed just three Pelham shot attempts.  Braxton Jeffcoat, one of four keepers used by Coach Patrick McDonald’s Panthers, had three saves for Pelham.

DAPHNE 1, NORTHRIDGE 0
    
 Senior midfielder Henok Lee slipped a goal past Northridge just 15:43 into the semifinals and Daphne (16-5-5) made that goal stand as the Trojans advanced to the Class 6A boys’ state soccer finals with the 1-0 win.
      Coach Cameron Williams’ team will face Cullman (23-4-2) in Saturday’s 10 a.m. finals at John Hunt Soccer Complex.   Daphne keeper Harrison Comerford had three saves, and Jackson Bowers of Northridge had one save for the Jaguars. Head coach Carter Hill coached Northridge’s girls to a 1-0 win in the 6A girls’ semifinals earlier Friday.


CLASS 6A GIRLS SEMIFINALS

JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC 1, DECATUR 0
   
Defending Class 6A state girls’ soccer champion John Carroll Catholic nipped Decatur 1-0 Friday morning to advance to Saturday’s Class 6A finals of the 25th annual AHSAA State Soccer Tournament being held at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
        Coach Chase Zanaty’s Cavaliers (22-2-3) got the match’s only goal early in the midway through the second when sophomore forward Claire Davies scored to break the 0-0 tie.  John Carroll’s strong defense did the rest – allowing only two shots by the Red Raiders (17-4-2) for the game.
       Decatur goalkeeper Dakota Powell had nine saves in an outstanding effort for Coach Sara Beth Dunlap’s Red Raiders.
       John Carroll will meet Northridge in the 6A championship match at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.  All finals are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network Friday and Saturday.

NORTHRIDGE 1, NORTHVIEW 0
    
 Northridge (21-4-0) advanced to the Class 6A state girls’ finals for the first time in school history with a 1-0 win over Northview (14-6-3) Friday morning at John Hunt Soccer Complex. Senior midfielder Savannah Reier scored the winning goal just 2:58 into the second half. Senior Annika Struthwolf provided the assist.
      The Jaguars, coached by Carter Hill, allowed only four shots on goal with goalkeeper Catherine Spencer had four saves.  Carter also coached the Tuscaloosa school’s boys to the 6A state semifinals.
     Northridge   goalkeeper Catherine Spence had four saves in the shutout, and Adriana Wright of Northview, coached by Haley Williams, also had four saves.
     Northridge will face defending state champion John Carroll in Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. finals.


CLASS 4A/5A BOYS SEMIFINALS

RANDOLPH 2, GUNTERSVILLE 0
   
Defending state champion Randolph scored a goal in each half and beat Guntersville 2-0 Thursday night and advanced to Friday’s AHSAA Class 4A/5A boys’ state soccer finals at Huntsville’s John Hunt  Soccer Complex.
     The Raiders (11-8-2) of Coach Alex Tomlinson will face Helena (17-7-2), a 2-1 double-overtime winner over previously unbeaten Alabama Christian late Thursday night.
      A pair of freshmen,  Parker League and Sam Hartley, notched the match’s only two  goals. League scored the first goal at 16:20 in the first half on an assist from Sean O’Hare. Hartley’s goal came at 43:05 in the second half.
     Randolph goalkeeper Boe Santos had three saves, and  Kyle Oswalt of Guntersville (22-5-2) have five saves for the Wildcats.
    The 25th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships will continue Friday with semifinal matches for Class 6A girls at 9 a.m., and 6A boys at 11 a.m. Class 7A semifinals for girls will be at 1 p.m., and the 7A boys’ semifinals will kick off at 3 p.m. 
     The Class 1A/3A girls’ championship match and Class 4A/5A boys’ title match kick off at 5 p.m., while the 1A/3A boys, and 4A/5A girls’ finals  are set for 7:30 p.m.
       All finals will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network Friday and Saturday. Cullman High School’s NFHS Network school broadcast program will live-stream the four semifinal matches in 6A and 7A, respectively.

Helena 2, Alabama Christian 1 (2 OT)
   
 Jeremy Hughes nailed the winning goal at 1:40 of the second overtime late Thursday night to lift Helena past Alabama Christian 2-1 in the final semifinal match of the first-day action at the 25th AHSAA State Soccer Championships.
    The win sends Coach Zach Morgan’s Huskies (17-7-2) into the school’s first boys’ soccer finals Friday at  5 p.m. at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
     Alabama Christian (19-1-0), coached by Diego de Silva, scored first at 34:39 of the first half with Jaeyeop Lee delivering the kick. Walker Davis assisted. William Newman tied the match at 1-1 early in the second half with Helena’s first goal.
    The two teams battled scoreless the rest of the half, then failed to score in the first overtime. The final goal came after 88 minutes of play.


CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS SEMIFINALS

GUNTERSVILLE 3, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC 2
   
Guntersville High School (17-4-3) scored three goals in the span of two minutes and 13 seconds Thursday night to take a one-goal lead in at halftime, then turned to its strong defense after intermission and an hour rain delay to beat St. John Paul II Catholic 3-2 in the Class 4A/5A girls’ state soccer finals. The victory puts the Wildcats, coached by Ali Dutton and Mike Jones, in the Class 4A/5A state finals Friday.
    The 25th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships got underway Thursday with semifinal matches for 1A/3A and 4A/5A divisions at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex. Several weather delays moved some matches later than scheduled with the final 4A/5A games still underway at Thursday night.
      St. John Paul II (13-8-2) took a 1-0 lead just nine minutes into the semifinal when senior forward Rachael Castillo scored on an assist from Amelia Dodds and Gwendolyn Adams.  The Wildcats stormed back with senior Sandy Simpson tying the game with a goal set up by teammate Hannah Holmes’ pass at 24 minutes in.  Senior Anna Tully gave Guntersville the lead for good at 25:29 with the Wildcats’ second goal, and Carly Sims made it 3-1 just 34 seconds later. Anna Jones provided the assist.
     Sara Reed scored the Falcons’ final goal at 33:51 in the first half. Dodds picked up her second assist on the goal.
      Goalkeeper Grace Mann had four saves for Guntersville and Alex Pressnell had four saves for St. John Paul II.
       The Class 4A/5A finals, which will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network, is set for 5 p.m. Friday night. The link for the webcast is: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/. St. Paul’s Episcopal and Helena were still playing Thursday night in the other girls’ semifinal match.

St. Paul’s Episcopal 2, Helena 1
   
 Senior forward Frances Case scored the go-ahead goal 12 minutes into the second half Thursday night and St. Paul’s Episopal downed Helena 2-1 to move into Friday‘s 5 p.m. finals to face Guntersville.
    The Saints (19-6-1), coached by Brian Thomas, took a 1-0 lead at 7:25 of the first half on junior midfielder Mallory Messer’s goal.  Helena  (7-12-0), coached by Clif Naron, tied the match on a goal by Roby Boatman at 23:33.
     Both teams played outstanding defense the entire match with only four shots on goal by both sides.


CLASS 1A/3A BOYS SEMIFINALS

ALTAMONT 4, TANNER 2
   
Senior forward William Jackson scored three goals Thursday afternoon as Altamont downed Tanner 4-2 in the Class 1A/3A boys’ semifinal match of the 25th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships being held at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
    Altamont (13-4-1) faces Bayside Academy (20-4-0) in the finals Friday night.
    Jackson gave Coach Sean Gibson’s Knights a quick 1-0 lead scoring just 3:48 into the match. Tanner junior Jose Moreno tied the match at 1-1 with a goal 20 minutes later. Jackson’s second goal on a penalty kick with one second left in the first half sent Altamont into intermission with a 2-1 lead.
      Senior Sinan Turan made it 3-1 for Altamont with a goal seven minutes into the second half.  David Pizano then scored on a header provided by Moreno’s corner kick to cut the Altamont lead to 3-2 at 57:33.  Jackson closed out the scoring just 89 seconds later with his final goal – set up by William Rosenstiel’s assist.
       The Class 1A/3A finals, which will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday night. The link for the webcast is: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/26f853bbdd.

BAYSIDE ACADEMY 2, WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN 1 (4-2 IN SHOOTOUT)
   
 Bayside Academy (20-4-0) eliminated defending Class 1A/3A state boys’ champion Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-8-1) with the 2-1 win in the other semifinal match Friday.  The victory sends the Daphne school into the championship match versus Altamont.
The Admirals of Coach Jamie Ferguson played Knights even for two halves and two overtime periods to set up the shootout finale.
    Senior Seth Ferguson scored the match’s first goal at 9:01 in the first half for Bayside. Westminster junior Jack Wilson tied things up with a goal set up by assists from Price Leonard and Cole Eddins just 2 ½ minutes before intermission.
     Both defenses took over in the seconds half with few shots on goal. In the shootout, senior goalkeeper Richard O’Neill, who had three saves in regulation, took things into his own hands with two blocks on Westminster’s first two free kicks, and teammates Matthews, Robert Sullivan, Mac Douglas and Dawson Jellenc nailed goals past Knights freshman keeper Brodie Winks. Winks finished the contest with four saves.
           The Class 1A/3A finals, which will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday night. The link for the webcast is: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/26f853bbdd.