Westminster loses to Collinsville in state title games

By DREW GRANTHUM/For the Reporter

The winner of the AHSAA Class 1A-4A Boys Soccer State Championship was going to make history, as neither squad had captured a state title before. Westminster-Oak Mountain was hoping to add extra incentive as one of the smallest schools in competition winning the biggest game.

Unfortunately for the Knights, it wasn’t meant to be, as they fell to Collinsville, 4-1.
The Knights started off the same as they did against UMS-Wright, attacking the ball and pressing the Panther defense early. Westminister logged 13 shots in the first half alone, but Collinsvilleís Moises Velasquez dribbled a shot by an off-balance Jake Doggett to put Collinsville up 1-0.

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Westminster’s Garrett Smith answered a few minutes later, arching a shot over Panther netminder Adan Morales to tie the game.

Shortly after the half, Collinsville scored again, and proceeded to steadily wear down the Knight’s attack with physical play and contact. They tacked on two more goals to make it 4-1, with Westminster mounting a charge late, but could not convert it into points.

Jack Stein led Westminster with four shots, Daniel Richardson had three and Smith, David York and Michael Stanford all finished with two shots a piece. Doggett finished with two saves.