Montgomery Academy girls win Class 4A/5A soccer title

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Updated: May. 11, 2019 at 2:05 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) - The Montgomery Academy Eagles are champions once again in girls soccer. Montgomery Academy scored two goals in the first 25 minutes Friday night and then held off a Southside-Gadsden comeback to win the AHSAA Class 4A/5A girls’ state title 2-1.

Junior Brooke Horne notched the first goal at the 7:18 mark for the Ealges. It was the first goal allowed by Southside (21-3-0) since early February – a stretch resulted in 18 straight shutout wins and 36 consecutive periods without allowing a goal.

Eighth-grader Hayes Jenkins added the clutch second goal on a pass from Tara Katz for the MA Eagles at the 25:07 mark in the first period. Katz, a senior, earned 4A/5A championship series MVP honors.

Southside-Gadsden would score in the second period on a strike from senior Hallie-Kate Smith. Her score at the 59:33 mark brought Southside to within one goal. Rebecca Johnson supplied the assist.

The Eagles defense, however, was a strong, fortified wall all game. Southside managed only four shots on goal with Eagles’ keeper Millie Stevenson recording three saves. Southside keeper Savanna Blackwell had eight saves.

The state championship was the first soccer title in Class 4A/5A for Montgomery Academy. MA previously won the 1A/3A titles in 2018 and 2017. The Eagles girls have won eight state soccer championships since 2001.

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