Four teams top first soccer poll

Four Shelby County teams sit at No. 1 in the first Alabama High School Soccer Coaches’ Poll released Feb. 6. Defending boys’ state champions Oak Mountain and Indian Springs top the Class 6A and 1A-4A polls, respectively, while Spain Park and Briarwood top the Class 6A and 5A girls’ polls, respectively.

Oak Mountain opened the season Tuesday night with a 5-0 victory at Briarwood, ranked No. 2 in Class 5A. Seniors Chandler Hoffman and Mason Lavallett each scored two goals in the win, while Andres Aristizabal had one. Oak Mountain goalkeeper Trey Anderson faced four shots on goal.

Also ranked in the Class 6A boys poll are the Spain Park Jaguars at No. 3, who reached the state semifinals last year, falling to Oak Mountain. Pelham is receiving votes just one spot out of the Top 10. Chelsea joins Briarwood in the Class 5A Top 1- at No. 6.

In the girls’ poll, Oak Mountain received two first-place votes and begins the year at No. 4 in Class 6A, while Thompson is one spot out of the Top 10 receiving votes. The Chelsea girls are No. 8 in Class 5A and Class 1A-4A state runner-up Indian Springs begins the season at No. 2 behind Guntersville.

Alabama High School Soccer Coaches’ Poll

BOYS

Class 6A

1. Oak Mountain – 14 first-place votes, 140 points

2. Grissom, 96 points

3. Spain Park, 93 points

4. Bob Jones, 90 points

5. Prattville, 78 points

6. Hoover, 63 points

7. Vestavia, 61 points

8. Auburn, 44 points

9. Mtn. Brook, 41 points

10. Huntsville, 23 points

(Receiving Votes: Pelham, 10 points; Fairhope, 10 points; McGill-Toolen, 5 points; Homewood, 5 points; Decatur, 4 points; Austin, 4 points; Benjamin Russell, 3 points; Hewitt-Trussville, 1 point; Enterprise, 1 point.)

Class 5A

1. John Carroll – 7 first-place votes, 88 points

2. Briarwood – 2 first-place votes, 82 points

3. Cullman, 60 points

4. Brewer, 39 points

5. Albertville, 34 points

6. Chelsea, 33 points

7. St. Paul’s, 31 points

8. Athens, 29 points

9. Gulf Shores, 25 points

10. Hartselle, 18 points

(Receiving Votes: Arab, 17 points; Sylacauga, 13 points; East Limestone, 11 points; Ft. Payne, 9 points; Spanish Fort, 6 points; Southside, 4 points; Walker, 4 points.)

Class 1A-4A

1. Indian Springs – 8 first-place votes, 98 points

2. Altamont, 2 first-place votes, 92 points

3. Randolph, 80 points

4. Houston Academy, 59 points

5. Trinity, 47 points

6. Bayside Academy, 38 points

7. Collinsville, 30 points

8. UMS-Wright, 29 points

9. LAMP, 21 points

10. Montgomery Catholic, 14 points

(Receiving Votes: Mars Hill Bible, 13 points; Madison County, 12 points; Westminster Christian, 12 points; Jacksonville, 7 points; Priceville, 5 points; Holy Spirit, 3 points; Montgomery Academy, 1 point; Catholic Huntsville, 1 point.)

GIRLS

Class 6A

1 .Spain Park – 6 first-place votes, 129 points

2. Mtn. Brook – 4 first-place votes, 119 points

3. Grissom, 112 points

4. Oak Mountain – 2 first-place votes, 92 points

5. Vestavia – 2 first-place votes, 91 points

6. Bob Jones, 80 points

7. Auburn, 70 points

8. Decatur – 1 first-place vote, 43 points

9. Huntsville, 38 points

10. Enterprise, 17 points

(Receiving Votes – Thompson, 9 points; McGill-Toolen, 6 points; Hoover, 6 points; Fairhope, 4 points; Hewitt-Trussville, 2 points; Benjamin Russell, 1 point; Clay-Chalkville, 1 point, Pelham, 1 point.)

Class 5A

1. Briarwood – 10 first-place votes, 109 points

2. John Carroll – 1 first-place vote, 96 points

3. Athens, 74 points

4. Ft. Payne, 73 points

5. St. Paul’s, 67 points

6. Arab, 41 points

7. East Limestone, 31 points

8. Chelsea, 29 points

9. Southside, 24 points

10. Sylacauga, 23 points

(Receiving Votes – Moody, 13 points; Brewer, 7 points; Hartselle, 7 points; Albertville, 1 point.)

Class 1A-4A

1. Guntersville – 10 first-place votes, 129 points

2. Indian Springs – 1 first-place vote, 119 points

3. Altamont, 109 points

4. Montgomery Academy – 3 first-place votes, 90 points

5. Randolph, 88 points

6. Madison Academy, 56 points

7. UMS-Wright, 51 points

8. Catholic Huntsville, 41 points

9. Trinity, 40 points

10. Mars Hill Bible, 27 points

(Receiving Votes – Jacksonville, 11 points; Priceville, 3 points; Montgomery Catholic, 3 points; St. James, 3 points.)