Briarwood Extends Win Streak to 10 With Metro Tournament Championship

MONTGOMERY – Briarwood Christian (12-2-1) extended its current boys’ soccer winning streak to 10 in a row with a 4-0 victory over Shades Valley in th3 finals of the Metro B Division Tournament championship match.
    Hamilton Bowen earned MVP honors posting seven goals and one assist in four tourney wins.
    The Class 5A Lions, coached by Shawn Brower, opened the season 2-2-1 – giving up 10 goals in the five matches. Since then, Briarwood has outscored opponents 59-3. In the Metro tourney, the Lions outscored opponents 17-1. In addition to the win over Shades Valley, the Lions posted a 4-0 victory over Leeds, a 6-0 win over previously unbeaten McAdory and a 3-1 win over Pinson Valley.
   Hoover (12-1-3) won the Metro A division with four wins with Dylan Stern earning MVP honors. The Bucs beat Oak Mountain 1-0 in a match that went to the sudden death shootout.
   In other top performances reported:

Posted five goals in a 7-2 win over Hamilton (TN) at the Baylor Invitational Tourney at Chattanooga. Collinsville (10-1-2) also tied Chattanooga Christian 2-2 and Hardin Valley Academy 3-3. Avila finished the weekend with seven goals.
PIRMIN BLATTMANN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had three goals and an assist as the Spartans tied George Mason (VA) 3-3, lost 3-2 to Greeneville (TN) and beat Murfreesboro (TN) 1-0 at the Smokey Mountain Classic at Gatlinburg.
KELEN LEBLANC, ENTERPRISE: Scored four goals and teammate Sam Mazariegos added three goals and an assist in the Wildcats’ 9-1 win over Andalusia.
MARLON TAITE, WETUMPKA: Scored three first-half goals as the Indians held on for a 3-2 win over Tallassee.
IRVIN RODRIQUEZ, PELHAM: Scored two goals and had an assist as the Panthers beat Thompson to win the Border War trophy.
KELVIN TOWNSEND, WOODLAWN: The goalkeeper had 15 saves in a shutout win over Holy Family and 11 saves in a win over Shelby County. He allowed just one goal all week.

Scored both goals for her team in a 2-0 win over Marbury.
SARA LYNAM, GRISSOM: Scored late on a penalty kick to lift the Tigers to a 1-0 win over Hewitt-Trussville.
KAILEY LITTLEFORD, CHELSEA: Had three goals in a 5-0 win over Pelham and a goal and assist in a 4-0 win over Prattville.
MIMI DAVIS, ALTAMONT: Scored four goals in a 10-0 win over Holy Family.
Scored four goals as the Eagles beat Eufaula 10-0.

Carroll’s Adams Records 5 Assists as 13 Eagles Score 1 Goal Each in Soccer Win

    MONTGOMERY – Freshman Julia Adams scored one goal and had a five assists as the Lady Eagles beat Charles Henderson 13-0 last week. Her performance would be enough to shine the AHSAA spotlight on Coach Dana Langford’s strong program.
   However, the Lady Eagles had 13 different players score a goal in the contest with no player scoring more than one to set an AHSAA State girls’ single-match soccer record has thrust the program into this week’s AHSAA Soccer Spotlight.
    The ability of Julia Adams and teammate Samantha Adams, who had one goal and three assists, to find open teammates was a key as Joanna Paris, Alexus Long, Emily Hayes, Audrey Mecklenburg, Makayla Johnson, Lilly Vasquez, Kailey Owen, Jamey McDonald, Emilee Pedroza, Alayna Yarbrough and Victoria Jester scored one goal each.
The five assists by Julia Adams ranks second all-time in the AHSAA Soccer Record Book, found online at www.ahsaa.com. The record (7) was set by Amy Bayles of Mars Hill Bible in a match versus West Morgan in 2005. Carly Sims of Guntersville set the season record (38) for assists in 2018, and Natalie Mooney of Arab holds the AHSAA girls’ career record for assists (106), set from 2008-13.
     The AHSAA boys’ single-game record for assists (6) was set by Desmond Ibie of Murphy in 2013 versus Baldwin County and equaled by Dothah’s Ahkaim Walden in a 9-1 win over Charles Henderson in 2014.
      Coaches are encouraged to report top team or individual performances each week by Monday morning, 9 a.m., by emailing ringram@ahsaa.com

Captured the 100th victory of his boys’ soccer coaching career when the Raiders beat Huntsville rival Westminster Christian 2-0 last week. Tomlinson, in his seventh season, is now 100-37-15 with six trips to the AHSAA Final Four, five appearances in the state finals and two state titles.
     Other top performances reported last week included:

MALLORY SEARS, FAIRHOPE: Scored four goals in the second half to force a 4-4 tie into overtime and then scored the winning goal, her fifth of the match, in the extra period to give the Pirates a 5-4 win over Foley.
SAMANTHA KING, MARS HILL BIBLE: Had three goals and had an assist in the Panthers’ 4-0 win over Clements.
CLAIRE BORDEN, FLORENCE: Borden scored two goals in the Falcons’ 4-0 victory over Russellville.
LIZZIE HILL, VESTAVIA HILLS: Got free on a break-a-way in the second half to deliver the go-ahead goal in the Rebels’ 4-2 win over Oak Mountain. Senior Taylor Korn, who scored two goals, added a late goal to provide the final cushion.
SARA BURGREEN & TERESA MIGUEL, DECATUR: Each scored three goals in a 10-0 win over Columbia.
HELENA JANKOWSKI, WEST MORGAN: Posted three goals in a 5-2 win over Mars Hill Bible.
KYLEE BERNDT, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Had two goals and two assists and teammate Mary Reid Goodwin also had two goals and two assists as Westbrook Christian downed Susan Moore 10-0.

ANGEL DELGADO, WEST MORGAN: Finished with four goals in a 10-0 win against Athens Bible.
NICK IBANEZ, HOOVER: Had a key second-half goal to spark a four-goal rally in a 4-0 win over John Carroll Catholic, and he followed with a game-winning goal at the 49th minute versus Vestavia Hills in a 2-1 victory.
COLE LITTLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had four goals in a 6-0 win over UMS-Wright to give him 27 goals scored already this season.

Struggling with his putting this season, Lee grabbed his dad’s old putter and saw marked improvement shooting even-par 72 to lead the Raiders to a 312-338 win over Providence Christian at Highland Oaks Golf Course last week.
 He recorded two birdies on the front side and made the turn at 2-under. He sank a 20-foot putt on a par 5 for a birdie to earn medalist honors.
Emmett Lee’s father probably won’t be getting his old putter back. Teammate Hal Dove shot 1-over 73, and PCA’s Thomas Ponder also shot a 73.

Was undefeated in three matches at the Weinacker Invitational tourney at Birmingham-Southern. She posted wins over Mountain Brook, UMS-Wright and Vestavia Hills and teamed with Katherine Scott to win at No. 1 doubles over UMS-Wright.

North Sweeps Boys’ & Girls’ Soccer Matches at Emory Folmar Complex

    MONTGOMERY – The North girls beat the South 4-1 Tuesday night and the North boys posted a 5-2 win at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex to sweep the competition at the 21st AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week. The all-star competition is part of the AHSAA annual Summer Conference and Coaching School administered by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
   North Girls 4, South Girls 1: North MVP Hailey Whitaker of Oak Mountain scored two goals as the winners improved to 13-2-1 in the series that dates back to 1997. The South took the early lead with Kate Eubanks of McGill-Toolen Catholic scoring on an assist from her own Yellow Jackets teammate Chloe Martin just seven minutes into the match.  Vestavia Hills’ Faith Hauberg tied the match at 1-1 19 minutes later and Whitaker gave the North the lead at intermission with a goal at the 29:50 mark. She got an assist from Hauberg.
    Whitaker’s second goal game at 59:40 in the second half and Maddison Martin of Chelsea scored the final goal with just 3 ½ minutes left in the match. Eubanks was named MVP for the South.
   North goalkeeper Elena Register of Hoover had three goals. Courtnie Trapp of Benjamin Russell and Bailey Cameron Enterprise and 5 and 4 saves, respectively, for the South. The South coaches were Jacey Mitchell of Spanish Fort and Stuart Bonner of Montgomery Academy. North coaches were Jeff Samoranski of Pell City and Sarah Dunlap of Decatur.
   North Boys 5, South Boys 2: The North improved to 11-4-1 in the North-South boys’ all-star series as North MVP Miguel Tizapa of Cullman scored a hat trick with three goals to lead his team to the victory.
   The South scored first when St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Wilson Beaverstock scored at 8:40 of the first half. Tizapa scored at 23:12 to tie the match and Mountain Brook’s Ethan Harradine put the North ahead for good six minutes later with a goal assisted by Brooks Rice of Spain Park.
    Tizapa made it 4-1 early in the second half at the 56:26 mark and Rice made it 5-1 just 15 seconds later. Peter Garland of Montgomery Catholic scored the South’s second goal at 61:28 on an assist from Foley’s Cameron Walker, and Tizapa posted his third goal at 67:28 to close out the scoring.
   Beaverstock, who had three shots on goal, was named the South MVP. Tizapa had four shots on goal.
   North coaches were Dan DeMasters of Oak Mountain and Trey Stanford of Russellville. The South was coached by Davidson’s Kevin DeLange and Stanhope Elmore’s Johanna Angelo.


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.

Jimmy Lay


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.
Jimmy Lay


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)

Montgomery Academy (14-3-5) 4, Holy Spirit Catholic (13-4) 0
Westbrook Christian (19-6) 4, Altamont (13-8-1) 0
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
Briarwood Christian (17-5-3) 2, Andalusia (14-2) 0
Randolph (23-2-3) 3, Sylacauga (22-4-1) 1


Chelsea (16-6-2) 5, Northview (15-5-2) 0
Southside-Gadsden (16-5-1) 8, Pell City (20-6) 0
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

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.
Jimmy Lay


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.
Jimmy Lay