OMHS falls short in Shootout

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Sports Editor

Top-ranked Oak Mountain High School battled back to force overtime with Vestavia Hills, tied 1-1, in Saturday&8217;s Lakeshore Shootout semifinal, but fell short in penalty kicks 4-3.

The Eagles, picked first in Class 6A to start the season, fell behind to the Rebels 1-0 on a goal by Daniel Martin off a corner kick.

Sophomore forward Chandler Hoffman looked to tie the match in the 38th minute, but his shot bounced off the left post as the Rebels went into the half leading by one. Hoffman found the goal in the 69th minute to tie the match.

&8220;He&8217;s the type that will score a goal for you whenever you need one,&8221; Coach Justin Pratt said.

Hoffman also scored the game-winner in a 1-0 decision over Huntsville High Saturday morning. On Friday, the Eagles shutout Clay-Chalkville 3-0 and tied Pope High (Ga.) 0-0.

&8220;We&8217;ve played pretty well to start the season, but we were a little fatigued with Vestavia. We played four games and allowed just one goal in 24 hours, and that&8217;s not easy,&8221; Pratt said.

Fourth-ranked Spain Park also competed in the Shootout, defeating Hewit-Trussville 6-2 to start their play on Friday, but fell to Lakeshore winner Grissom 3-0 in the nightcap. They went on to defeat Charles Henderson 10-0.

Indian Springs defeated L.A.M.P. 2-0 in the B-Division championship after sweeping the field with 2-0 wins over Westminster, Southside and Trinity. They also had a 2-1 win over Bryant. Chelsea shutout Gadsden City, 2-0, Holy Spirit, 5-0, and Pelham, 1-0 before falling 3-0 to L.A.M.P.