Over the weekend in Huntsville, the AHSAA crowned eight soccer state champions with Oak Mountain’s boys headlining by winning their third straight Class 7A state title in a shootout.
The Eagles played Davidson to a 1-1 stalemate after 90 minutes, 80 in regulation and 10 in extra time. Afterward, Oak Mountain knocked home three straight penalties while keeper Xzavier Brown beat back two shots and another one sailed over the crossbar to win the match. On the girls side, McGill-Toolen blanked Vestavia Hills 2-0 to win the 7A title in Cheryl Flores’ first season.
In Class 6A, the Pelham boys avenged the heartaches of 2015 and 2016 as they won their first state championship with a 2-0 victory over reigning 6A champion Cullman. The Panthers lost to the Bearcats in the semifinals last season. On the girls side, Chelsea had also lost to the eventual state champion in the previous seasons but those had been in the early rounds. This time, the Hornets managed their way through the bracket and defeated Southside-Gadsden 2-0 to win their first state title since 2012 and their first ever Class 6A state title.
Class 4A-5A boys saw a return to the top of the mountain for Randolph. The Raiders defeated Briarwood Christian in a 3-2 comeback after going down 2-1 early into the second half. Randolph lost the state title match to Helena last season after winning in 2015. All wasn’t gloom for Briarwood as the girls won the 4A-5A championship in dominating fashion with 6-0 result over St. John Paul II.
In the 1A-3A boys championship match, Indian Springs came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Susan Moore 2-1. It’s the third state title in the program’s history. Susan Moore made the state finals after not fielding a team the previous two seasons. The Montgomery Academy girls won their fifth blue map in seven seasons as the Eagles handled Westbrook Christian 4-0. Last year, Montgomery Academy lost to eventual state champion Holy Spirit in the semifinals in a 5-4 shooutout. For Westbrook Christian, it’s their second straight runner-up finish.