Soccer roundups, April 7-9
Published 1:52 pm Monday, April 11, 2016
Chelsea girls fall to John Carroll
What was an anticipated matchup between the top two teams in class 6A turned out to be something of a blowout, as the 6A No. 1 John Carroll Catholic Lady Cavaliers made short work of the 6A No. 2 Chelsea Lady Hornets on Thursday night, beating Chelsea by a 6-1 final. The loss dropped Chelsea to 10-5-0 on the year, but the Lady Hornets are still undefeated in area play.
Springs girls beat Prattville
Indian Springs, the No. 1 1A-3A girls’ soccer team in the state, beat Prattville Christian 3-0 on Thursday to move to 12-3-1 on the year and to 3-0 in Area 3 play. Springs will play Prattville again in the last game of the regular season on April 22 as Springs tries to stay perfect in area play.
Thompson girls beat Bob Jones
After losing back-to-back games against Oak Mountain and Vestavia on March 22 and 25, the Lady Warriors bounced back with a big area win, beating Tuscaloosa County 7-0 on April 6. A day later, Thompson traveled to Bob Jones to take on the Lady Patriots and won 4-2 to move to 9-6-3 on the year. Thompson is currently the No. 8 team in 7A, and will take on Hoover on April 14 in the Lady Warriors’ last area game of the year.
Spain Park girls tie Harrison (Ga.)
Spain Park welcomed in the Lady Hoyas of Harrison High School on Friday evening for a matchup between two of the top teams in the Southeast. Harrison is currently ranked 12th in the country by Maxpreps.com, while Spain Park is ranked seventh. After 80 minutes of action, the two teams walked off the field dead even at 1-1, moving the Lady Jags to 14-2-2 on the year.
Helena beats Jemison to get back on track
The Huskies started the season with a 7-1-2 record, but lost four games in a row from March 15-April 5 against some of the top talent in 7A and 6A to fall to 7-5-2. Helena finally notched another tally in the win column on Thursday with a 12-2 throttling of Calera, and followed that up with a 5-0 win over Jemison to move to 9-5-2 on the year. Helena is currently ranked the No. 2 team in class 4A-5A, despite the recent string of losses the Huskies suffered.
Lady Eagles handle Harrison (Ga.)
In a much-anticipated matchup between the Lady Eagles of Oak Mountain and the Lady Hoyas of Harrison High School (Ga.), Oak Mountain beat Harrison handily 3-0 to move to 16-2-1. Hailey Whitaker and Julia Pack both scored in the first half to give the Lady Eagles a 2-0 lead, and Alexandra Dunn added a stunner of a goal late in the second to bring the score to 3-0.
Pelham boys beat Briarwood in area play
In a make-up game from earlier in the season, Pelham and Briarwood, the No. 5 and 6 teams in the state in class 6A, respectively, met at Pelham High School on Saturday as the two vied for the top spot in 6A Area 10. Braxton Jeffcoat scored in the 16th minute to give Pelham a 1-0 lead, however Briarwood tied the game less than a minute later. Edwuin Patricio put his head on a ball that found the back of the net in the 26th minute, giving Pelham a 2-1 lead at the half. In the second half, Yunior Tejada scored in the 46th minute to increase the Panther lead to 3-1. Briarwood got a goal back in the 60th minute off a penalty kick, but could not come all the way back, as the Panthers escaped with the 3-2 win. Pelham advanced to 2-0 in area play while Briarwood fell to 1-1.
Springs drops shocker to Westminster
After starting the season 0-4-1, the defending 1A-3A state champion Westminster School at Oak Mountain Knights have won six of their last seven to move to 6-5-1. In that span of time the Knights have beaten 1A-3A No. 2 Montgomery Academy as well as 7A Mountain Brook, and now, most recently, have taken down county rival and 1A-3A No. 1 Indian Springs by a 3-0 score. The win over Springs comes as something of a shock and goes a long way to proving this particular Westminster group should not be looked past come playoff time.