AHSAA soccer: No. 1 Mountain Brook ousts defending champ, No. 2 Homewood

Top-ranked Class 6A Mountain Brook eliminated the boys’ defending state champion – and Area 9 rival – No. 2 Homewood 3-0 on Thursday night to advance to the AHSAA semifinals in Huntsville on May 13.

The win was the third this season for the Spartans – and the third shutout. Mountain Brook won both regular-season meetings 2-0.

“They are a good team,” Mountain Brook coach Joe Webb said. “They won the state championship last year and beat us three times. This year, it was our turn.

“A lot of my players know a lot of their players. It was kind of funny tonight, they would knock us down or we would knock them down and whoever was the ‘perpetrator,’ would help them up. Then, they would high-five. I’m sure it hurt them to lose tonight like it hurt us last year. Give it a couple of weeks and everybody will be friends again. ”

Mountain Brook got its first goal in the 25th minute when Vance Phillips scored on an assist from Andrew Thomason. The first half ended 1-0.

In the 55th minute, Howie Eldridge scored on what Webb called an “incredible” volley off a corner kick. In the 77th minute, keeper Reed Harradine launched a punt almost the length of the field that Eldridge flicked to Jack Heaps who booted it in for the 3-0 margin.

Harradine had 4 saves on the night.

Webb praised his 24-2-2 squad after the win. “They are coachable and they fight for each other,” he said. “For the talent we have and to be as coachable as they are, I can’t say enough about them. They are happy for each other. If one of the backups gets in and does something, the bench goes nuts cheering for them. ”

Homewood finishes the season at 18-6-1.

In other Thursday action:



Trinity 4, Prattville Christian 1: The third-ranked Wildcats claimed a spot in the semifinals with the road win. Trinity will carry an 18-3 record into the Final Four in Huntsville where it will meet the winner of the Westminster-Oak Mountain vs. Bayside Academy quarterfinal.

Jackson Champion had a hat trick in the quarterfinal win and Will Owen also scored for Trinity. Grayden Flowers and Norris Pemberton had assists.

Joe Handey had 6 saves in the win.

Cade Segars scored for the Panthers in a loss. Trey Barkley had an assist.

Prattville Christian finishes the season at 7-8-1.



Whitesburg Christian 1, Donoho 0 (2OT): The Warriors eliminated previously undefeated and second-ranked Donoho, winning the double-overtime match, 3-2 in penalty kicks to earn their way into the semifinals next week.

Mattie Weeks, Morgan Alley and Finley Amos were true on their penalty kicks to give No. 7 Whitesburg Christian the win in the match played at Bob Jones High in Madison.

Freshman Anna Looser had 6 saves for the Warriors.

Donoho finishes the season at 16-1 while Whitesburg Christian is 12-5-1.

Whitesburg will meet the Susan Moore-Mars Hill Bible winner in the semifinals.

Trinity 5, Prattville Christian 1: Third-ranked Trinity earned its way to a second straight Final Four with the win over the Panthers.

The Wildcats (10-5-1) got 2 goals from Katherine Warren and single goals from Mary Alice Sasser, Ella Wiswall and Hannah Hert.

Ella Hale and Ansley Claire Addison had assists in the win.

Avery Rogers scored for Prattville Christian (7-7-1).

Trinity will meet the Westminster of Oak Mountain-Bayside Academy winner on May 12 in Huntsville in the semifinals.

Here is the schedule and results for the quarterfinals of the AHSAA 32nd Soccer Championships:


Davidson (18-5-3) at Auburn (16-1-4), Saturday, 7 pm, Duck Samford Stadium

Daphne (14-2-1) at Dothan (15-3-1), Friday, 7 pm, Westgate Soccer Complex

Oak Mountain (16-4-5) at Grissom (20-4-3), Friday, 7 p.m.

Vestavia Hills (22-2) at Huntsville (18-3-3), Friday, 7 p.m.


Helena (16-8-2) at Pelham (21-3-1), Saturday, 7 p.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-7-1) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (18-8), Saturday, 3:30 pm, Lipscomb Athletic Complex, Mobile

Fort Payne (14-7-2) at Randolph (18-5-1), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Mountain Brook (23-2-2) 3Homewood (18-5-1) 0


John Carroll Catholic (14-13-2) at Indian Springs (18-2-5), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Montgomery Academy (23-0-2) 2LAMP (15-5-1) 0

West Morgan (12-8-1) at Russellville (17-2-1), Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Crossville (15-2) at Leeds (14-8-2), Saturday, 7 p.m.


Bayside Academy (18-3-5) at Westminster Oak Mountain (17-6-1), Saturday, 4 p.m.

Trinity Presbyterian (16-2) 4Prattville Christian (7-8-1) 1

Donoho (13-0-2) at Mars Hill Bible (15-7-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Collinsville (17-7) at Tharptown (12-6), Friday, 6 p.m.


Fairhope (29-3-2) 1Auburn (15-4-2) 0

Foley (18-5) at Prattville (9-9-1), Saturday, 6 pm, Stanley-Jensen Stadium

Bob Jones (14-8) at Spain Park (11-4-4), Saturday, 5 pm

Vestavia Hills (15-3-4) at Huntsville (17-3-2), Friday, 5 p.m.


Northridge (17-3-1) at Pelham (13-6-1), Saturday, 4 pm

St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-12) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (14-7-1), Saturday, 5:30 pm, Lipscomb Athletic Complex, Mobile

Springville (12-3-1) at Southside-Gadsden (17-3-2), Friday, 6 pm, Barney Hood Stadium

Mountain Brook (13-4-1) at Homewood (17-2-2), Friday, 7 pm, Waldrop Stadium


Indian Springs (15-3-2) at John Carroll Catholic (10-15), Friday, 6 p.m.

Saint James (13-3-1) at Montgomery Academy (15-2-1), Friday, 5:30 pm

East Limestone (19-3) 1, St. John Paul II Catholic (12-11) 0

Westbrook Christian (18-3) at Guntersville (14-4), Saturday, 6 p.m.


Bayside Academy (10-8-2) at Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-6-1), Saturday, 2 p.m.

Trinity Presbyterian (13-5-2) 5Prattville Christian (7-7-1) 1

Whitesburg Christian (13-5-1) 1Donoho (16-1) 0 (2OT)

Susan Moore (23-3) at Mars Hill Bible (11-5), Friday, 5 p.m.

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