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2018 Class 6A Girls’ Soccer Championship

John Carroll Catholic 2, Gardendale 0
   John Carroll Catholic’s defense limited Gardendale to only one shot in the Class 6A girls’ state soccer championship match Saturday and the Lady Cavaliers pulled out a 2-0 victory to claim the school’s fifth state girls’ title in school history.
    Coach Robert Crawford’s team stayed on the offensive the entire match, taking 22 shots over and 12 on goal. However, the Rockets defense also played well to stay within striking distance most of the match.
    The girls’ 6A championship match helped close out the 28th AHSAA State Soccer Championships at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
   Class 6A finals MVP Gabby Bernal gave John Carroll (21-3-1) the lead with a goal at 25:10 in the first half. Claire Davies scored the last goal eight minutes later as the Cavs took a 2-0 lead in at halftime.
   Gardendale (14-6-1), coached by Jennifer Underwood, had a valiant effort on defense led by goalkeeper Lauren Motes. She had 10 saves in the match.
    The championship match was the first in school history for Gardendale. John Carroll won state titles in 2000, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 with state titles four of the last five years.




2018 AHSAA Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville
Semifinal & FinalsPairings/ Results

Class 1A/3A 
GIRLS
Montgomery Academy (19-3) 11, Indian Springs (14-5) 1
West Morgan (20-6) 5, Donoho (16-2) 0
Finals
Montgomery Academy (20-3) 5, West Morgan (20-7) 0
BOYS
Westminster-Oak Mountain (22-2-1) 2, Bayside Academy (23-3) 1
West Morgan (21-2) 4, Altamont (16-6-1) 3
Finals
Westminster-Oak Mountain (24-2-1) 2, West Morgan (21-3) 0

Class 4A/5A
GIRLS
Trinity Presbyterian (22-2-2) 1, St. Paul's Episcopal (19-5-3) 0
Guntersville (17-1-2) 2, Arab (14-5-3) 0
Finals
Trinity Presbyterian (23-2-2) 2, Guntersville (17-2-2) 1 (2 OT, 4-3 in shootout)
BOYS
Briarwood Christian (23-2-1) 3, St. Paul’s Episcopal (19-5-3) 0
Randolph (15-4-2) 4, Arab (13-3-1) 1
Finals
Randolph (16-4-2) 5, Briarwood Christian (23-3-1) 1

Class 6A

GIRLS
John Carroll Catholic (20-3-1) 4, Northview (16-4-1) 0
Gardendale (14-5-1) 2, Southside-Gadsden (17-2-1) 1 (2 OT, 8-7 in shootout)
Finals
John Carroll Catholic (21-3-1) 2, Gardendale (14-6-1) 0

BOYS
Homewood (23-0-2) 4, Northview (11-10-1) 0
Fort Payne (19-3-3 7, Pell City (13-6-2) 0
Finals
Homewood (24-0-2) 3, Fort Payne (19-4-3) 0

Class 7A 

GIRLS
McGill-Toolen Catholic (20-2-3) 6, Enterprise (9-9-2) 0
Vestavia Hills (21-3-1) 2, James Clemens (14-4-2) 1
Finals
Vestavia Hills (22-3-1) 2, McGill-Toolen Catholic (20-3-3) 1
BOYS
Auburn (14-4) 1, McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-9-5) 0
Vestavia Hills (18-5-1) 1, Mountain Brook (21-6-3) 0
Finals
Auburn (15-4-0) 2, Vestavia Hills (18-6-1) 1


2018 Class 7A Boys’ Soccer Championship

Auburn 2, Vestavia Hills 1
  
Auburn High School junior goalkeeper Peyton Segrest posted a state-tournament high 18 saves in the Class 7A Boys’ State Soccer Championship match versus Vestavia Hills Saturday, and the Tigers’ defense did the rest en route to a 2-1 victory and the school’s second state title in school history.
     Segrest earned MVP honors for the 7A championships with an incredible performance. Coach Bill Ferguson’s Tigers (15-4-0) took an early 1-0 lead with Avery Atkins scoring on a pass from Liam Weikart at 16:36 of the first half.  Auburn made is 2-0 midway through the second half on Andrew Cornett’s goal. Josh Storbeck got the assist.
    Vestavia Hills (18-6-1) finally got a shot past Segrest with 11:30 to play to close the gap to 2-1. The Rebels, which had 19 shots on goal, were unable to score the rest of the way.
    Auburn, by contrast, had just three shots on goal. Rebels’ keeper Brooks Bailey had one save.
    The Tigers’ first state championship came in 2012. Saturday’s title closed out the 28th annual AHSAA State Championship at John Hunt Soccer Complex.

2018 Class 7A Girls’ Soccer Championship

Vestavia Hills 2, McGill-Toolen Catholic 1
   
Faith Hauberg and Taylor Korn each scored goals Saturday to lift Vestavia Hills to a 2-1 victory over defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic in the finals of the 28th annual AHSAA Class 7A Girls’ State Soccer Championships at John Hunt Soccer Complex Saturday.
    Hauberg, a junior midfielder, earned MVP honors of the 7A girls’ finals.  Her goal came at 25:33 in the first half for Coach Brigid Littleton’s Rebels (22-3-1). Chloe Martin tied the match for Coach Cheryl Flores’ Jackets (18-3-3) early in the second half, but Korn tacked on the winning goal a few minutes later.
    Goalkeeper Anna Woodson had five saves for Vestavia, and Bailey Dixon had seven saves for McGill-Toolen.
    The championship was the fifth in school history for the Rebels and the first since 2016. McGill-Toolen beat Vestavia 2-0 in last year’s state finals to claim the school’s first-ever state girls’ soccer crown.

2018 Class 6A Boys’ Soccer Championship

Homewood 3, Fort Payne 0
   
Homewood scored two goals in a two-minute stretch late in the second half to seal a hard-fought 3-0 victory over Fort Payne in the AHSAA Class 6A Boys’ State Soccer Championship match at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex Saturday.
   The Patriots (24-0-2), coached by Sean McBride,  took the lead 1-0 early in the second half when senior forward Eric Hepp scored on an assist from Connor Smith. Hepp, who earned Class 6A state championship MVP, added his second goal at 68:02 driving past two Wildcats defenders to score. Jackson Wallace tacked on the third goal less than two minutes later.
    Fort Payne (19-4-3), coached by Mario Limon, had several good shots on goal thanks to its strong passing and on offense.  Christian Hernandez had three shots on goal, one from 30 yards out on a free kick that hooked just over the front bat of the goal that almost tied the match at 1-1 late in the second half.
    Homewood goalkeeper Ian Myers had four saves for the Patriots and Luis Ramirez of Fort Payne had one save.  The two teams met once earlier in the season and finished in a tie.
      The championship was the fifth in school history for Homewood and the first since 2014. Fort Payne  won state titles in 2011 and 2015.

2018 Class 4A/5A Girls’ Soccer Championship

Trinity Presbyterian 2, Guntersville 1 (2 OT, 4-3 in shootout)
    Trinity Presbyterian’s first girls’ state soccer championship didn’t come easily.
    The Wildcats tied the Class 4A/5A State Championship match with Guntersville with just 2:29 left in regulation 1-1, then weathered two overtime periods and out-scored the Wildcats 4-3 in the sudden death shootout to win 2-1 at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex Friday night.
    The final match of the day closed out four championships at the 28th AHSAA State Soccer Championships with  Westminster-Oak Mountain 1A/3A boys’ championship, Montgomery Academy claiming the girls' 1A/3A crown and Randolph winning the Class 4A/5A boys title.
    The Class 6A boys’ and Class 7A girls’ finals will be at 10 a.m. Saturday followed by the Class 6A girls’ and Class 7A boys’ championships at noon to close out the 2018 tourney. 
  All championship matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and can be accessed by going to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    Guntersville (17-2-2) took a 1-0 lead at 15:25 of the first half when Aubri Hanner scored the match’s first goal. That score loomed big until Margaret Healey Mathison scored on a penalty kick with at 77:31 of the 80-minute regulation.
    Trinity, coached by Analyn Coker, got outstanding goalkeeper play from Joy Bishop and Guntersville, coached by Mike Jones, also got a superb performance from his keeper Emily Jones.
    The match went to the shootout after two scoreless overtimes. Guntersville got goals from Carly Sims, Hanner and Yesenia Hernandez-Vasquez, but had two misses. Trinity missed on its first shot, but Katherine Warren, Cate Stewart, Hazen Finley and finally, freshman Mary Davis Bricken to win the shootout 4-3 and its first state crown.
    Bishop finished with six saves to be named 4A/5A MVP.  Jones finished with 10 saves for Guntersville.


2018 AHSAA Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville
Semifinal & FinalsPairings/ Results

Class 1A/3A 
GIRLS
Montgomery Academy (19-3) 11, Indian Springs (14-5) 1
West Morgan (20-6) 5, Donoho (16-2) 0
Finals
Montgomery Academy (20-3) 5, West Morgan (20-7) 0
BOYS
Westminster-Oak Mountain (22-2-1) 2, Bayside Academy (23-3) 1
West Morgan (21-2) 4, Altamont (16-6-1) 3
Finals
Westminster-Oak Mountain (24-2-1) 2, West Morgan (21-3) 0

Class 4A/5A
GIRLS
Trinity Presbyterian (22-2-2) 1, St. Paul's Episcopal (19-5-3) 0
Guntersville (17-1-2) 2, Arab (14-5-3) 0
Finals
Trinity Presbyterian (23-2-2) 2, Guntersville (17-2-2) 1 (2 OT, 4-3 in shootout)
BOYS
Briarwood Christian (23-2-1) 3, St. Paul’s Episcopal (19-5-3) 0
Randolph (15-4-2) 4, Arab (13-3-1) 1
Finals
Randolph (16-4-2) 5, Briarwood Christian (23-3-1) 1

Class 6A

GIRLS
John Carroll Catholic (20-3-1) 4, Northview (16-4-1) 0
Gardendale (14-5-1) 2, Southside-Gadsden (17-2-1) 1 (2 OT, 8-7 in shootout)
Finals
John Carroll Catholic (20-3-1) vs. Garendale (14-5-1), Sat., May 12, noon

BOYS
Homewood (23-0-2) 4, Northview (11-10-1) 0
Fort Payne (19-3-3 7, Pell City (13-6-2) 0
Finals
Homewood (23-0-2) vs. Fort Payne (19-3-3), Sat., May 12, 10 a.m.

Class 7A 

GIRLS
McGill-Toolen Catholic (20-2-3) 6, Enterprise (9-9-2) 0
Vestavia Hills (21-3-1) 2, James Clemens (14-4-2) 1
Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (20-2-3) vs. Vestavia Hills (21-3-1), Sat., May 12, 10 a.m.
BOYS
Auburn (14-4) 1, McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-9-5) 0
Vestavia Hills (18-5-1) 1, Mountain Brook (21-6-3) 0
Finals
Auburn (14-4-0) vs. Vestavia Hills (18-5-1), Sat., May 12, noon


2018 Class 1A/3A Boys’ Soccer Championship

Westminster-Oak Mountain 2, West Morgan 0
    Westminster-Oak Mountain scored one goal in each half and let its defense do the rest as the Knights (24-2-1) captured the school’s second AHSAA Class 1A/3A State Boys’ Soccer Championship since 2015 beating a hustling West Morgan squad 2-0 in the finals Friday night at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
   Coach Christian Adkins’ team took the lead in the first half when Houston Likens scored on an assist from John Richardson at the 31:26 mark. Matthew Wilson added the second goal with a strong left-footed shot from 30 yards out at 57:21 to close out the scoring.
   Westminster goalkeeper Brodie Winks also had a stellar game with nine saves.
    West Morgan (21-3-0) played well all night but could not crack Winks’ guard on goal. Manny Delgado and Jose Delgado each had superlative performances for Coach Sam Dean’s Rebels.
    The Class 6A boys’ and Class 7A girls’ finals at the 28th AHSAA State Soccer Championships will be at 10 a.m. Saturday followed by the Class 6A girls’ and Class 7A boys’ championships at noon to close out the 2018 tourney. 
  All championship matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network and can be accessed by going to www.nfhsnetwork.com.


2018 Class 4A/5A Boys’ Soccer Championship

Randolph 5, Briarwood Christian 1
    Junior Sam Hartley had two assists and one goal Friday night to lead Randolph to as 5-1 victory over Briarwood Christian to capture the Class 4A/5A Boys’ State Soccer Championship at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
    The championship was the second in a row for Coach Alex Tomlinson’s Raiders (16-4-2), third in four years and eighth overall since winning their first in 2000.  Briarwood Christian (23-3-1), coached by Shawn Brower, has won four state championships overall.
    Logan Frost gave the Lions a quick 1-0 lead with a goal at 5:15 of the first half. Sean O’Hare tied the match with an assist from Ian Krajna eight minutes later. Krajna assisted Parker League’s go-ahead goal right before the half.  The Raiders managed three goals in the second with Hartley scoring on a pass from Sean O’Hare at 44:21, then returned the favor a minute later with an assist as O’Hare notched the fourth goal for Randolph. Hartley then assisted Sridhar Karne’s goal at 62:51 to close out the scoring.
     Briarwood goalkeeper Grant Fielding and Raiders keeper Max Shaw had three saves each.
    The Class 4A/5A and girls’ finals and Class 1A/3A boys’ championship were scheduled for Friday night with finals Class 6A boys’ and Class 7A girls’ finals at 10 a.m. Saturday followed by the Class 6A girls’ and Class 7A boys’ championships at noon. 
  All championship matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and can be accessed by going to www.nfhsnetwork.com.


2018 Class 1A/3A Girls Soccer Championship

Montgomery Academy 5, West Morgan 0
  
Montgomery Academy downed West Morgan 5-0 in the AHSAA Class 1A/3A Girls’ State Soccer championship match  Friday night for the Eagles’ seventh state title overall.
   The championship was the first for first-year head coach Carter Tuck. The Eagles (20-3) have now won the last two 1A/3A crowns.
    Junior forward  Tara Katz had four goals in the finals  and seven overall in MA’s two matches at the 28th annual AHSAA State Championships at John Hunt Soccer complex this week.  Mead Robertson assisted on two of Katz’s goals and had another assist on a goal by Leighton Robertson.
    Josaline Lopez turned in a strong performance for West Morgan (20-7-0), coached by Brandon Rice, registering 13 saves. The Eagles had 34 shots on the night and 18 shots on goal.
    The Class 4A/5A boys’ and girls’ finals and Class 1A/3A boys’ championship were scheduled for Friday night with finals Class 6A boys and Class 7A girls at 10 a.m. Saturday followed by the Class 6A girls’ and Class 7A boys’ championships at noon. 
  All championship matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and can be accessed by going to www.nfhsnetwork.com.

2018 Class 7A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals

Auburn 1, McGill-Toolen Catholic 0
  
Auburn (14-4) and McGill-Toolen Catholic(13-9-5) battled for almost 70 minutes Friday before junior midfielder  Liam Weikart posted only goal in the Class 7A Boys’ State Soccer Championship semifinal match at John Hunt Soccer Complex to give the Tigers 1-0 win.
    Coach Bill Ferguson’s team advanced to Saturday’s state finals with the victory.  The Rebels (18-5-1) beat Mountain Brook in the other semifinal match to set up the championship scheduled for noon in the final day of the 28th annual AHSAA Championships.
    The NFHS Network is live-streaming all state soccer finals. Cullman High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program is producing the events.
    Weikart nailed his goal at 68:52 and the Tigers’ defense, anchored by junior goalkeeper Payton Segrest, did the rest.  Segrest had 11 saves. McGill-Toolen, coached by Nate Nicholas, limited Auburn to just three shots on goal. Goalkeeper William Blake had two saves.
      
Vestavia Hills 1, Mountain Brook 0
  
The Rebels downed Mountain Brook with a second-half goal provided by sophomore midfielder Tony Shaw at the 57.42 mark. The 1-0 victory assured Vestavia Hills’ boys a berth in the Class 7A championship match versus Auburn at noon Saturday.  The Vestavia girls earned spot in the 7A girls’ finals as well and will play McGill-Toolen Catholic at 10 a.m. in the title match. The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals Saturday with Cullman High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program producing the events.
    Coach Leo Harlan’s Rebels (18-5-1) kept Mountain Brook (21-6-3) on its heels, limiting the Spartans of Coach Joe Webb to three shots the entire contest and no shots on goal.  Mountain Brook’s defensive effort was also outstanding -- limiting Vestavia Hills to only two shots on goal. Goalkeeper Reid Freeman had one save for Mountain Brook.
    Vestavia Hills has won four boys’ state soccer  titles with the last one coming in 2014. The Rebels also have four girls’ state titles with the most recent coming in 2016.



2018 Class 7A Girls’ Soccer Semifinals

McGill-Toolen Catholic 6, Enterprise 0
  
Defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic clinched a berth in Saturday’s Class 7A girls’ state soccer finals beating Enterprise 6-0 in the semifinals Friday at the 28th annual AHSAA State Championships being held Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
    Coach Cheryl Flores’ Yellow Jackets (18-2-3) will take on Vestavia Hills (21-3-1) in the championship match Saturday at 10 a.m. The NFHS Network is live-streaming all state soccer finals. Cullman High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program is producing the events.
    Junior Hannah Daoust, senior Chloe Martin and sophomore Hannah Pitts scored two goals each for McGill-Toolen, which led 4-0 at the half. Pitts notched the first goal just 3:55 into the match. Martin had back-to-back goals in a two-minute span in the 17th minute and Daoust got the last goal of the first half at 28:35 and scored the first goal of the second half at 48:06. Keilana Hyke tallied the final goal a minute later.
    Angelina Piccini  assisted on two goals while Hyke and Kate Eubanks record one assist each.
   Enterprise (10-9-2) goalkeepers Cheyenne Piercey and Maggie Bryant had  seven and two saves, respectively. McGill-Toolen’s defense limited the Wildcats to two shots on goal, both blocked by goalkeeper Bailey Dixon.
   
Vestavia Hills 2, James Clemens 1
  
Coach  Brigid Littleton’s Rebels (21-3-1) scored two goals early and then relied on a strong defense to post a 2-1 victory James Clemens in the semifinals of the Class 7A Girls’ State Soccer Championships at John Hunt Soccer Complex Friday afternoon.
    The Rebels will take on defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic Saturday at 10 a.m. in the championship match.
     Junior forward Lizzie Hill took a pass from senior defender Katherine Savage and notched the first goal just 7:56 into the match. Caroline Causey provided the assist for Taylor Korn for Vestavia’s second goal at 29:01.
     James Clemens (14-4-2), coached by Erin Riddle, got on the scoreboard at 55:44 in the second half when senior forward Rachel Bradberry scored on an assist from forward Hannah Smid.
    Vestavia goalkeeper Anna Woodson had six saves, and Jets’ goalkeeper Nicole Guay had seven saves for James Clemens.