Thompson takes county battle with Calera

Published 6:45 pm Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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By ANDREW SIMONSON | Sports Editor

ALABASTER – The Thompson Warriors picked up a dominant win over a county foe when they beat the Calera Eagles 6-1 on Monday, April 8 at Thompson High School.

Thompson entered the match on a tear after going 8-1-1 in its last 10 matches. The lone blemishes on that resume were a 2-1 loss to No. 3 Hoover and a 1-1 draw in its most recent outing on the road at 6A Benjamin Russell.

That recent form was good enough to move the Warriors into the top 10 of the Class 7A girls soccer coaches poll as the No. 7 team in the state entering the match with Calera.

As for the Eagles, they came into Alabaster sporting a 9-6-2 record after going 1-2 in the Southern Coast Cup as they took on teams from Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama to start spring break.

Before its trip down south, Calera had won each of its most recent four matches against Montevallo, Mortimer Jordan, Chilton County and Gardendale to string together a win streak ahead of spring break.

Now, after taking the Thompson High School field earlier in the season against Northridge during the Warrior Invitational, they got the chance to face Thompson itself and challenge themselves against a top 10 side from Class 7A.

The Warriors offense found the back of the net throughout the match as they took the lead and kept pulling away.

In all, Thompson scored six goals against Calera to establish a multi-goal lead over the Eagles.

Calera did get a goal against the Warriors’ strong top-10 defense in response, but Thompson held the Eagles scoreless other than that.

That gave the Warriors the 6-1 win to extend their unbeaten run to four straight matches.

Thompson will return at home against John Carroll Catholic on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. After that, the Warriors will finish the season with their final three area games as they aim to seal a playoff spot.

As for Calera, it will have a healthy break ahead of its area finale against Benjamin Russell at home on Monday, April 15th at 5 p.m.