Oak Mountain’s boys and girls sit at No. 1, 15 total ranked
By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Sports Editor
An astounding 15 teams from Shelby County are ranked in the latest eurosportscoreboard.com rankings, but none are higher than both the Oak Mountain boys’ and girls’ soccer teams.
The Eagles sit perched atop the 7A rankings as both the boys and girls came in at the No. 1 spot, and for good reason. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, they showed their dominance beating the Huffman boys’ and girls’ teams by a combined 30-0 to pick up their first area wins of the season.
The girls picked up an unheard of 20-0 win over the Vikings, making the guys 10-0 win not seem quite as dominant. The boys are looking to three-peat as state champions after winning the las two, while the girls are looking to get back to a championship after coming up short last year.
Other teams grabbing a spot in the 7A rankings were both the Spain Park and Thompson boys and girls. Both of those schools are fresh off of competing in the Island Cup in Gulf Shores.
Neither the Thompson girls or boys allowed a goal in the tournament as they both brought home a championship. The Warriors’ boys came in at No. 7, one spot behind the Spain Park boys at No. 6 even though Thompson beat them in the championship game.
The Warriors’ girls, who sit at 8-0-1 on the season, came in at No. 6, which edged out the Jags by just one spot.
Pelham’s boys are the highest ranked of any 6A team in the county coming in at No. 3. The Panthers are 7-1-1 on the season and have a big matchup with Oak Mountain on Thursday, March 2. Chelsea’s girls are also having a strong start to the season and currently have a record of 3-2-2 as they sit as the No. 6 girls team in 6A.
Although the Chelsea and Helena boys aren’t having the strongest start to the season, they have the talent and it shows off with a ranking. The Huskies came in at No. 10 after a 3-4 start to the season, while Chelsea found themselves at No. 11 with one more loss than Helena.
Briarwood’s boys and girls are the only two teams ranked inside the top 16 of the 4A-5A rankings. The girls are coming off of a tough 4-3 home loss to Spain Park, but sit at No. 3 in the rankings with a record of 2-2-1. The boys sit five spots lower at No. 8 with an overall record of 3-3-1.
Three teams from the final division, 1A-3A, were also ranked. Westminster at Oak Mountain’s boys came in as the No. 1 team in the classification. The Knights are off to a 3-1 start on the season as they look to repeat as state champions. Both Indian Springs’ boys and girls teams were also ranked and have looked extremely competitive early in the season. The boys hold an overall record of 5-0, while the girls have just one loss with three wins.