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North Sweeps Boys’ and Girls’ All-Star Soccer Matches

    MONTGOMERY – The North girls beat the South 3-2 and the North boys won 4-2 Tuesday night to sweep the AHSAA North-South All-Star Soccer matches at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex.
    The North, coached by Albertville’s Julie Little and Indian Springs’ Hunter Gray, fell behind 2-1 in the girls’ contest midway through the second half but rallied with two goals just 3 ½ minute apart from 62:48 to 66:29 to pull out the win.
      North MVP Walker Poe of Mountain Brook gave her team a quick lead scoring the match’s first goal on an unassisted kick just 33 seconds into the game. Mallory Messer of St. Paul’s Episcopal tied the match with a goal at 8:27. Maggie Chambers of Montgomery Academy got the assist. Chambers, the South MVP, gave the South the lead 2-1 at 58:50 in the second half on an assist from Cameryn Rogers of Prattville.
    The North tied the contest at 2-2 in unlikely fashion when the South planted the ball in its own goal just four minutes later.  Jordan Richmond of Holy Spirit Catholic got the game-winning corner kick to seal the win as the North improved to 12-2-1 in the annual series.

     South goalkeeper Dora Eskridge of Montgomery Academy had two saves and Alyssa Vess of Oak Mountain had five saves for the North.
     South coaches were Analyn Coker of Trinity Presbyterian and Dennis Jones of Smiths Station.

North Boys 4, South 2
   
North MVP Jose Moreno of Tanner scored two goals, one in each half, as the North posted its 10th win in the all-star series. The South has four wins and the two squads have had one tie in the annual competition since 1998.
     Cole Gerding of Cullman opened the scoring at 7:32 of the first half with an unassisted goal for the North. Cole Grogan of Benjamin Russell tied the match with an unassisted goal of his own at 13:15, but Moreno’s first goal at 32:24 put the North ahead for good.  Cole Williams of Hoover got the assist.  Kennedy Davis of Oak Mountain added an unassisted goal early in the second half, and Moreno scored on a feed from Helena’s Gaskins at 65 minutes to ice the win for coaches Casey Harbin of Cullman and Matt Hall of Spain Park.
    Noah Harrelson of St. Paul’s Episcopal scored the South’s final goal just 14 seconds before the match concluded.
     North goalkeepers Kyle Oswalt of Guntersville and Seth Torman of Pelham had four and two saves, respectively. The South, coached by Joe Nelson of Northview and Wilfredo Navidad of Montgomery Academy, got strong goal play from Michael Kelly of Montgomery Academy and Houston Barnett of Citronelle. Each had four saves.

CLASS 7A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

OAK MOUNTAIN 2, McGill-Toolen 1
     
Defending Class 7A state soccer champion Oak Mountain downed McGill-Toolen 2-1 Saturday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to make it two in a row as the  2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships concluded. 
     Coach Daniel DeMasters’  Eagles now have six boys’ state championships including both 7A titles awarded since the AHSAA moved to seven classifications in 2014-15.
     Junior Charles Jeter scored both goals for Oak Mountain, which concluded its season unbeaten at 28-0-2. His first goal came at 9:45 of the first half to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead at the half. He followed with his second goal with an assist from Caleb Van Geffen at 51:27 in the second half and Oak Mountain appeared in control with a two-goal lead.
     Things changed late when McGill-Toolen  (20-6-3), coached by Nate Nicholas, scored when Anthony Spafford bumped the ball just past the Oak Mountain keeper to cut the lead to 2-1 with just over 13 minutes to play.  Both teams fought a fierce battle the rest of the way, but the Eagles were able to hang on to seal the win.
     McGill-Toolen goalkeeper Henry Blache had an outstanding match with six saves. Oak Mountain took nine shots on goal and 12 overall.  Jaxson Ellis had one save on goal for The Eagles.
     Oak Mountain’s six state titles ranks tied for third overall in the 25 years of the AHSAA state championships. John Carroll has won 10, Grissom 8 and Randolph six.  The Eagles previous state titles previous state championships came in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2015. McGill-Toolen won a state crown in 2002.

CLASS 6A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC 1, NORTHRIDGE 0
    
 John Carroll Catholic High School sophomore forward  Clair Davies posted a goal with 2:05 remaining in the second half Saturday afternoon to lift the Lady Cavaliers (23-2-3) to a 1-0 win over Northridge in the Class 6A girls’ soccer finals of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships.
     It was John Carroll’s third straight state girls’ championship.
     Davies, who earned 6A Championship MVP, took a pass from senior forward Lindsey Flemming and nailed the shot that held Coach Chase Zanaty’s team avoid overtime in what had been a spirited scoreless battle for the first 77:55.
     John Carroll took 17 shots to just five for Northridge (21-4-0), including 11 shots on goal to just three for Coach Carter Hill’s Jaguars. It was Northridge’s defense that kept the Tuscaloosa team close down to the wire. Goalkeeper Carmen Smith had two saves.
    John Carroll now has four girls’ state soccer titles to their credit with championships also won in 2000, 2014 and 2015. The four titles ranks the Lady Cavaliers tied with Spain Park for fifth overall in the AHSAA state record book.  Fort Payne and Briarwood Christian lead with eight each. Grissom and Montgomery Academy have won five apiece.

CLASS 6A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

CULLMAN 2, DAPHNE 1 (OT)
    
 Cullman High School captured the school’s first state boys’ soccer championship since 2002 Saturday morning with an exciting 2-1 Class 6A finals victory over Daphne in two overtimes.  The Bearcats (24-4-2) scored the winning goal with 53 seconds left in the overtime period – at 84:07 of the contest.
       The 2016 championships held at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex, marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991. 
        Class 6A championship MVP Miguel Tizapa-Robles scored the winning goal. The sophomore also assisted senior midfielder Guilherme Albuquerque’s goal in the first half that gave Coach Casey Harbin’s team a 1-0 lead at intermission.  Daphne (16-6-5), coached by Cameron Williams, tied the match early in the second half on Jackson Barber’s goal at 46:15. The contest remained tied until Tizapa-Robles’ winning goal 38 minutes later.

CLASS 7A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

VESTAVIA HILLS 3, AUBURN 0
     
Vestavia Hills High School posted three goals in the first half and defeated Auburn 3-0 Saturday morning to claim the AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state soccer championship.  The 2016 championships held at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex, marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991. 
     Coach Brigid Littleton’s Rebels (23-2-0) took an early 1-0 lead on senior midfielder Sophia Kamburis’ goal just 7:11 into the championship match. Sophomore forward Alli Glaze scored the second goal at 29:50, and sophomore Sara McCurry notched the last goal at 37:34.  Kennedy Hicks assisted McCurry and Caroline Causey had the assist for Glaze. Kamburis, who had three shot attempts, was selected the 7A championship’s MVP.
      Vestavia Hills’ defense limited Auburn to only one shot the entire match and no shots on goal.  The Rebels, who won the school’s fourth girls’ state title, had 21 shots including 11 on goal.  The 2016 crown was the first since 2007, however. The other two championships came in 2001 and 2005.
      Senior goalkeeper Sarah Thorne had eight saves for Coach Chris Blight’s Auburn Tigers (24-2-2).

CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

GUNTERSVILLE 3, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL 2 (2 OT, 4-2 IN SHOOTOUT)
    
 Guntersville High School captured the school’s third AHSAA state girls’ soccer championship Friday night with a 3-2 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal in the Class 4A/5A finals of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
     The Wildcats (18-4-3) and Saints (19-7-1) battled to a 1-1 tie at the end of the two regulation 40-minute halves, they fought through two five-minute overtimes to set up a final showdown in the shootout.
    Guntersville nailed its first three tries by Anna Jones, Carly Sims and Sandy Simpson, Caroline Seale made the first St. Paul’s kick, but junior goalkeeper Grace Mann blocked the two Saints efforts.  A Wildcats miss and a clutch kick by St. Paul’s Caroline Lambert set up a final try by Guntersville’s Yesenia Vasquez.  Her kick was successful and Guntersville, coached by Mike Jones and Ali Dutton, captured the state title.
     The Wildcats also won state championships in 2008 and 2010.
     In regulation, Kendall Moore scored the match’s first goal with a kick at 24:45 in the first half for Guntersville.  Frances Case tied the match for St. Paul’s, coached by Brian Thomas, at 61:47 in the second half.
     Senior midfielder Anna Jones, who had an outstanding match on offense and defense, was named the 4A/5A Championship MVP.
      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.


AHSAA 26th State Soccer Championships

At Huntsville Soccer Complex (John Hunt Park)
May 12-14


THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE
Class 1A/3A Girls Semifinals
Holy Spirit Catholic (16-0-0) 3, Montgomery Academy (12-8-0) 2 (5-4 in shootout sudden death)
Westbrook Christian (24-0-0) 6, Madison Academy (18-6-1) 0

CLASS 4A/5A Girls Semifinals
St. Paul's Episcopal (19-6-1) 2, Helena (7-12-0) 1
Guntersville (17-4-3) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (13-8-2) 2

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
CLASS 6A Girls Semifinals
Northridge (21-4-0) 1, Northview (14-6-3) 0
John Carroll Catholic (22-2-3) 1, Decatur (17-5-2) 0

CLASS 7A Girls Semifinals
Auburn (24-1-2) 1, McGill-Toolen (18-3-0) 0
Vestavia Hills (21-1-0) 5, Huntsville (16-9-1) 1

Class 1A/3A Girls Finals
Holy Spirit Catholic (17-0-0) 4, Westbrook Christian (24-1-0) 1
Class 4A/5A Girls Finals
Guntersville (18-4-3) 3, St. Paul's Episcopal (19-7-1) 2 (2 OT, 4-2 in shootout)

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE
CLASS 7A Girls Finals
Auburn (24-1-2) vs. Vestavia Hills (21-1-0), Field 2, 10 a.m.
CLASS 6A Girls Finals
Northridge (21-4-0) vs. John Carroll Catholic (22-2-3), Field 1, 12:30 p.m.


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.