Warriors edge Panthers in rivalry match

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

PELHAM — Thompson High School girls’ soccer coach Nathan Button was pleased with the Warriors’ 1-0 win over rival Pelham in the annual Border War match April 13.

Button simply wished it didn’t take six shots in a penalty-kick shootout for his team to secure the series’ coveted trophy.

“It was a little too much fun,” Button said.

Mariah Poe finally netted the game-winning goal in the first round of a sudden death shootout after the two teams battled to a scoreless tie in 80 minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of overtime.

The goal also handed Thompson an Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A, Section 6 championship.

“It was pretty exciting,” Poe said.

Thompson goalkeeper Sarah Allen finished with one save in regulation before making two key saves moments before Poe’s game-winning goal.

Pelham goalkeeper Selina Delgadillo finished with 16 saves in the match.