Thompson boys, girls down Tuscaloosa County by combined 12-0
By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Sports Editor
ALABASTER – Thompson’s boys and girls soccer teams have had up and down seasons to this point, but are starting to gain some confidence at the most important part of the season thanks to sweeping the Tuscaloosa County Wildcats at home on Tuesday, April 2.
The wins not only completed the sweep for both teams on Tuesday night, but also for the season, as both beat the Wildcats the week before spring break as well.
On March 21, the girls picked up a 2-1 victory against Tuscaloosa County, while the boys pulled off the first of two dominant wins by a final of 5-1.
Following a week off, the Warriors came back home and took on the Wildcats again with the boys picking up an impressive 7-0 shutout victory for their third shutout of the season, and the girls picking up their second shutout in the last four games and third this season.
For the girls it marked just their fourth win of the season, but now having won two in a row and three of four, they seem to be gaining some steam.
In their last five games, the girls have tied with both Mountain Brook and Briarwood, while beating McAdory and Tuscaloosa County twice.
The Warriors haven’t lost a game in close to a month, and have only lost one game by a final score of 1-0 to Hoover since March 2.
With an overall record of 4-6-6 and an area record of 2-2, the Warriors have shown they are on the verge with their six ties, but will now have to pick up some big wins down the stretch, with an April 11 area game against Hoover being the key.
The boys’ team is also starting to play well at the right time with three wins in their last four games and a 3-1-1 record in that time span.
Now 5-5-3 overall and 2-2 in area play, the boys will also need a big win against Hoover or Oak Mountain down the stretch to make the playoffs.
The Warriors lost to Oak Mountain 1-0 earlier this season and Hoover 3-1 on March 19, but were in both games.
With more confidence in recent games, Thompson will likely use that to be more aggressive against those two teams moving forward, which will be key.
Having scored a total of 16 goals in their last four games, the Warriors are at their best when they use that aggressive nature.
Thompson will take on Oak Mountain on April 18, and then Hoover on April 23. Winning both would likely guarantee a playoff spot, while splitting leaves their postseason fate more up in the air.