Pelham 2, Cullman 0
HUNTSVILLE – Pelham won its first state boys’ soccer championship in school history Saturday beating defending Class 6A state champion Cullman 2-0 in the 2017 Class 6A state finals at John Hunt Park to close out the 27th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships.
Pelham (22-6-1), coached by Patrick McDonald, got a big effort from 6A Championships MVP Braxton Jeffcoat, who scored one goal in both the semi-finals, showed great leadership in sparking the Panthers in the final match to the state crown.
Armando Valencia scored on a miraculous free kick midfield moon shot that climbed in the wind just over the outreached arms of Cullman goalkeeper Jaron Potter at the 20:47 mark. Pelham’s defenders kept pressure on the Bearcats (16-7-1) the entire match – keeping the ball on their side of the field most of the contest.
Jose Jimenez scored a late goal to seal the win. The Panthers out-shot Coach Casey Harbin’s Bearcats 16-6. Potter registered seven saves for Cullman, and Pelham keeper Seth Torman had two.
Cullman has two state titles to its credit, winning in 2002 and 2016.
McGill-Toolen Catholic 2, Vestavia Hills 0
HUNTSVILLE – McGill-Toolen Catholic High school downed defending Class 7A girls’ state soccer champion Vestavia Hills Saturday at John Hunt Park to claim the Mobile school’s first state title in school history.
Senior goalkeeper Eva Knapstein of McGill-Toolen (23-2), named the Class 7A State Championships MVP, stopped six shots on goal to secure the shutout over the Lady Rebels (19-2-3). She allowed only one goal in the semifinals versus Fairhope.
Vestavia (19-2-3), coached by Brigid Littleton, out-shot McGill-Toolen 11-8.
The match was still tied at 0-0 at halftime, Sophomore Angelina Piccini’s goal at 47:33 McGill-Toolen a 1-0 lead and more importantly, gave Coach Cheryl Flores’ Jackets the momentum the rest of the way. McGill’s tough defense allowed Vestavia Hills only one shot on goal the rest of the match.
Junior Chloe Martin scored an insurance goal in the final 10 minutes to seal the win.
Vestavia Hills’ sophomore goalkeeper Anna Woodson recorded three saves for the Rebels, who have four state titles to their credit including winning in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2016.
Chelsea 2, Southside-Gadsden 0
HUNTSVILLE – Chelsea High School goalkeeper Sabrina Lang stopped all four shots Southside-Gadsden could send her way Saturday and Lexie Duca anchored the Hornets’ strong defense in a 2-0 win over the Panthers in the Class 6A girls’ state soccer championship match Saturday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
Duca was named Class 6A State Championships MVP for Chelsea (17-6-2), coached by Jonathan Hammett. The sophomore scored one goal in the finals and turned in a strong defensive performance to help secure the shutout.
Chelsea took a quick 1-0 lead on Duca’s goal 4:15 into the contest. She got an assist from Kailey Littleford at the 4:15 mark. Southside was able to force two corner kicks and 3 shots on goal down the stretch, but Lang, a senior, stymied the efforts with her play at the net.
Chelsea was able to get off five shots on goal in the second half finally scored at the 76:54 mark when Madeline Gullien scored to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead.
Southside head coach Tiffany Julien Cargill used two goalkeepers with Savanna Blackwell making two saves and Alley Rurgi notching four. Chelsea out-shot Southside 16-6 for the game.
The win gave Chelsea its second state title and the first since 2012.
Oak Mountain 2, Davidson 1 (2 OT, 3-0 in shootout)
HUNTSVILLE – Oak Mountain substitute keeper Xzavier Brown stopped all three Davidson High School kick attempts in the shootout as the Eagles won their third Class 7A boys’ soccer championship in row beating the Warriors 2-1 (3-0 in the shootout).
The match was tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation Saturday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park. Tournament MVP, junior Jackson Murphy scored at the 5:41 mark to give Oak Mountain (20-4-4) an early 1-0 lead. Davidson (17-13-1) tied the match late in the second half when senior Griffin Tucker launched a looping rocket into the corner of the net on a free kick. The contest ended regulation tied and was still 1-1 after two overtime periods to set up the shootout.
Oak Mountain Coach Daniel DeMasters opted to send in Brown and his sophomore keeper successfully stopped all three Warriors’ kicks. The Eagles put three shots in the net to seal the win.
Oak Mountain, which now owns seven state titles include the last three 7A championships in a row, out-shot Davidson 13-5. Coach Kevin Delange’s senior goalkeeper Christopher Berry managed five saves overall.
Montgomery Academy 4, Westbrook Christian 0
HUNTSVILLE – Senior midfielder Elizabeth Robertson scored two goals as Montgomery Academy beat Westbrook Christian 4-0 to claim the 2017 Class 1A/3A Girls’ state soccer championship Friday night at John Hunt Park.
Tara Katz, who had two goals and an assist in the semifinals and one in the finals, was selected Class 1A/3A state tourney MVP for the Eagles (15-3-5) of Coach Stuart Bonner.
Montgomery Academy got its first goal at 24:13 mark when Austyn Barnes fired a shot into the back of the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Montgomery Academy would get three more goals to put the game away. Katz scored at the 38:10 mark, and Robertson score twice at 44:52 and 70:55.
Montgomery Academy out-shot Westbrook Christian (19-7), coached by Joel Hawbaker, 17-2 kept the ball at Westbrook’s end most of the night. Warriors goalkeeper Mattie Loyd stopped 10 shots on goal while Montgomery Academy keeper Dora Eskridge recorded two saves.
The state championship was the sixth overall for Montgomery Academy and the fifth since 2011. Other state titles came in 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The 27th AHSAA State Championships conclude Saturday with state finals in Class 6A and 7A for girls and boys. First matches will kick off at 10 a.m. All finals will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
AHSAA State Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville
May 11-12-13 (All finals live-streamed by the NFHS Network)
CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
Montgomery Academy (14-3-5) 4, Holy Spirit Catholic (13-4) 0
Westbrook Christian (19-6) 4, Altamont (13-8-1) 0
CLASS 1A/3A BOYS
Indian Springs (21-2-5) 3, Bayside Academy (15-9-2) 1
Susan Moore (20-3-1) 4, Altamont (14-6-3) 1
CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
Briarwood Christian (14-5-3) 6, Faith Academy (20-6-1) 1
St. John Paul II Catholic (14-6-2) 2, Arab (21-4-2) 1
CLASS 4A/5A BOYS
Briarwood Christian (17-5-3) 2, Andalusia (14-2) 0
Randolph (23-2-3) 3, Sylacauga (22-4-1) 1
CLASS 6A GIRLS
Chelsea (16-6-2) 5, Northview (15-5-2) 0
Southside-Gadsden (16-5-1) 8, Pell City (20-6) 0
CLASS 6A BOYS
Pelham (21-6-3) 1, Daphne (15-12-2) 0
Cullman (16-6-1) 5, Carver-Birmingham (15-4-1) 0
CLASS 7A GIRLS
McGill-Toolen Catholic (22-2) 5, Fairhope (15-9-1) 1
Vestavia Hills (19-1-3) 2, Oak Mountain (20-3-2) 0
CLASS 7A BOYS
Davidson (18-12-1) 2, Enterprise (18-5-1) 1 (2 OT (3-0 in shootout)
Oak Mountain (19-4-4) 3, Vestavia Hills (19-5-3) 0
CLASS 1A/3A Boys Finals
Indian Springs (22-2-5) 2, Susan Moore (20-4-1) 1
CLASS 4A/5A Girls Finals
Briarwood Christian (15-5-3) 6, St. John Paul II Catholic (14-7-2) 0
CLASS 1A/3A Girls Finals
Montgomery Academy (15-3-5) 2, Westbrook Christian (19-7) 0
CLASS 4A/5A Boys Finals
Randolph (24-2-3) 3, Briarwood Christian (17-6-3) 2
CLASS 6A Girls Finals
Chelsea (16-6-2) vs. Southside-Gadsden (16-5-1), Field 1, 10 a.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
Davidson (18-12-1) vs. Oak Mountain (19-4-4,: Field 2, 10 a.m.
CLASS 6A Boys Finals
Pelham (21-6-3) vs. Cullman (16-6-1), Field 1, noon
CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (22-2) vs. Vestavia Hills (19-1-3), Field 2, noon
Randolph 3, Briarwood Christian 2
HUNTSVILLE –MVP Sam Hartley’s two second half goals propelled Randolph over Briarwood Christian in the Class 4A-5A Boys’ State Soccer Championship match Friday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
Randolph (24-2-3), coached by Alex Tomlinson, scored first on senior Barrett Butler’s goal at the 22:10 mark. Ian Krajna had the assist. Briarwood (16-6-3), coached by Shawn Brower, came right back to tie the match 1-1 on sophomore Logan Frost’s goal at 29:59.
After both teams missed opportunities to take the lead, Briarwood’s Hamilton Bowen’s goal gave the Lions the lead at 45:09. The Raiders clawed back and knotted the contest at 2-2 when Hartley scored on a penalty kick just 91 seconds later. The defensive battled continued until Hartley got loose inside and scored on a pass from Sridhar Karne to take the lead for good with 12:37 left in the match. Briarwood had two prime opportunities to score in the final minutes. The last one came on a corner kick with 15 seconds left, but Randolph goalkeeper Max Shaw was able to deflect the ball over the crossbar and time ran out.
Randolph has now won seven state titles, which ranks third all-time behind John Carroll Catholic (10) and Grissom (8). The Raiders' state titles include 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2015 and 2017.
Briarwood Christian 6, Saint John Paul II Catholic 0
HUNTSVILLE – Class 4A/5A State Soccer Championships MVP Sarah Adcock scored all six goals Friday night to lead Briarwood Christian to a 6-0 victory over Saint John Paul II Catholic in state finals played Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
The 27th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships will conclude Saturday with boys’ and girls’ state finals in Classes 6A and 7A beginning at 10 a.m. All finals are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
Adcock, a senior forward, scored 10 goals in the semi-final and championship matches at John Hunt Park. Adcock put Coach Ryan Lieb’s Lady Lions (15-5-3) ahead for good 21 minutes into the match with the first of her six goals. Her last score came with just over five minutes remaining.
Briarwood had 16 shots to just two by Saint John Paul II (14-7-2), coached by Sam Bennett. Falcons goalkeeper Alex Pressnell, facing intense pressure from the Briarwood offensive attack, had five saves on the night. Lions keeper Caroline Duffee had two saves.
The win was the Lions’ first state title since 2010 and ninth overall, a new AHSA state girls’ soccer record. Briarwood and Fort Payne came into the 2017 season with eight state titles each. The Lions won four state crowns in a row from 1997-2000 and also captured titles in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Indian Springs 2, Susan Moore 1
HUNTSVILLE –Indian Springs High School won its third state championship Friday night beating Susan Moore 2-1 in the AHSAA Class 1A-3A boys’ state soccer finals at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
Senior forward Sam Simpson was named 1A/3A state championship MVP for his solid play on the front line scoring one goal in a semifinal win over Bayside Academy and providing strong leadership and solid play to lead Indian Springs bring to the title.
Susan Moore (20-4-1), in its first season of championship play, took an early 1-0 lead on senior Edwyn Cervantes’ goal at the 37:51 mark. The Bulldogs of Coach Bob Austin still led 1-0 at intermission.
Junior midfielder Justin Chapman’s goal at the 49:02 mark tied the match at 1-1 for Coach Rik Tozzi’s squad. Indian Springs (22-2-3) took the lead for good 17 minutes later when sophomore Donald Wilson scored at the 66:48 mark. Susan Moore staged a valiant last-ditch effort in the final minutes, but the Bulldogs were unable to penetrate the tough Indian Spring defense down the stretch.
Indian Springs outshot Susan Moore 12-7. Goalkeeper Zak Heino saved 2 shots on goal while Susan Moore keeper Brandon Martinez stopped 3 shots on goal.
Indian Springs’ previous state titles came in 2014 and 2008.
Davidson 2 Enterprise 1 (OT, 3-0 in PK)
HUNTSVILLE –Goalkeeper Christopher Berry came up big stopping three straight penalty kicks as Davidson beat Enterprise 2-1 in a Class 7A boys’ soccer semifinal match Friday that was settled by free kicks after going through two overtime periods.
Davidson (17-12-1), coached by Kevin DeLange, advanced to the Class 7A boys’ championship match with the big win Friday at John Hunt Park. The Warriors will face two- time defending champion Oak Mountain (19-4-4) Saturday at 10 a.m., the finals. The NFHS Network is live-streaming all finals Friday and Saturday.
Neither team could get the ball in the net during the first 40 minutes leaving the score tied 0-0 at halftime. Davidson scored first when Jonathon Lowell scored at the 42:43 mark giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead. Davidson’s lead held unto the 64:53 mark when Kelan LeBlanc scored an amazing goal on a looping 30-foot free kick to tie the score 1-1 for Enterprise (17-4-1), coached by Bruce Ladner. Both teams played tough defense the rest of the way sending the match into overtime.
Neither team could score in the two five-minute overtime periods sending the match siddem death and free kicks.
Davidson’s Berry stopped three Enterprise free kicks while Clairy Kengeye, and Lowell made their kicks for the Warriors. Ferdina Ndikumana then settled the contest with Davidson’s third kick sailing intp the back of the net giving the Warriors the win.
Both teams were able to get 12 shots on goal during the match, but Davidson held the edge on corner kicks 9-2.
Oak Mountain 3, Vestavia Hills 0
HUNTSVILLE – Jackson Murphy’s two goals help two-time defending champion Oak Mountain defeat rival Vestavia Hills in the Class 7A boys’ soccer semifinals Friday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to advance to the AHSAA state finals.
Oak Mountain (19-4-4) will face Davidson (17-12-1) Saturday at 10 a.m. The Eagles of Coach Daniel DeMasters will be attempting to win their 3rd straight state title.
Carl Davis got Oak Mountain off to an early 1-0 lead with his goal at the 3:10 mark. Murphy scored his first goal of two goals at the 38:05 mark to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead and finished the scoring with a goal at the 49:29 mark.
Oak Mountain outshot Vestavia Hills 13-6. Coach Leo Harlan’s Rebels finished 19-5-3.
Oak Mountain goalkeeper Matthew Hazelwood had two saves.