MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ soccer all-star matches have been selected.
All selected players, rising seniors for the Class of 2019, were chosen by the Soccer Selection Committee from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery in July, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
The North-South boys’ and girls’ soccer doubleheader will be at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex on Tuesday, July 17, with the girls playing at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 7.
The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state competition in baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, football and cross country. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl.
The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event that includes sports-specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
Among the week’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2017-18 school year, and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2018 Making A Difference Award Recipients, Coaches of the Year in each sport and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 20.
Coaches for the South Girls’ Soccer All-Stars are Cheryl Flores of McGill-Toolen Catholic, who coached the Lady Jackets to the school’s first Class 7A state championship last season, and Sophie Simantel of Auburn. Ken Wright of the Montgomery Public Schools is administrative coach. Helena’s Cliff Naron and Russellville’s Trey Sanford are North coaches. George Cavender will be the administrative assistant.
Coaching the North boys are Matthew Pharr of Cherokee County and Jake Siefert of Sparkman. South coaches are Bruce Ladner of Enterprise and Nick Berryman of Alabama Christian. Wright and Cavender will also serve as administrative coaches for the boys’ game.
The North swept both matches in 2017 with the girls winning 4-1 and the boys 5-2. The North girls hold a 13-2-1 edge in the series and the North Boys have a 10-4-1 advantage.
The 2018 Soccer All-Star rosters are:
2018 NORTH-SOUTH SOCCER ALL-STARS
Mars Hill Bible
Southside - Gadsden
S.R. Butler (Retired) -Admin.
St. Paul's Episcopal
St. Michael Catholic
Montgomery Schools - Admin.
John Carroll Catholic
Jack "JT" Jones
Montgomery Public Schools - Admin.
Cullman played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Outside Participation Rule found on page 24 of the 2017-18 AHSAA Handbook, which states a student who is a member of any school athletic team (grades 7-12) may not participate (includes practice) on a non-school team in the same sport during the school season in that sport.
Oxford advances and will host Florence Tuesday night in the second round of the Class 6A state soccer playoffs. Cullman’s season is now completed.
The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
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:
ISAIAH AVILA, COLLINSVILLE: 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.
JAIME DROUIN, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: 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.
AUDREY MECKLENBURG, CARROLL: Scored four goals as the Eagles beat Eufaula 10-0.
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
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