Eagles’ unbeaten streak ends at 33

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The streak is over.

Huntsville&8217;s Randolph High School defeated the reigning Class 6A state champ Oak Mountain Eagles soccer team 3-0 Saturday night in the championship game of the 16th annual Lakeshore Shootout at Spain Park.

The loss ended one of the nation&8217;s longest high school soccer winning streaks at 33 games.

Randolph&8217;s Paul Turner netted the eventual game-winning goal in the 34th minute of the contest. North Carolina signee Bill Dworsky scored on a penalty kick in the eighth minute and Andres Colocho scored off a rebound with 2:22 remaining in the match.

Despite the loss, Oak Mountain head coach Ryan Patridge said he was happy with the way his team played.

&8220;We were not expected to make it this far,&8221; Patridge said. &8220;We played five games in 24 hours and I feel like we definitely had the toughest bracket.&8221;

The Eagles (4-1) started this season with four-straight victories despite losing 11 players from last year&8217;s state championship squad.

&8220;I don&8217;t have any problems with us getting beat,&8221; Patridge said. &8220;My hat&8217;s off to Randolph. They moved the ball quickly and we ran out of gas.&8221;

Patridge admitted that losing in an early season game could have benefits for his squad.

&8220;If you don&8217;t lose, you can&8217;t learn from your mistakes,&8221; he said. &8220;I&8217;m confident that these guys will come out and rebound well from this.&8221;

Oak Mountain&8217;s David Esser, Eric Sholewacker and Chris Markey were named to the all-tournament team while the Eagles&8217; Grant Horton was named the Lakeshore Shootout&8217;s defensive MVP