Coosa girls’ soccer clinches state play­off spot

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De­spite play­ing in a tor­ren­tial down­pour for the fi­nal 25 min­utes, the Coosa girls’ soccer team held on to beat Pep­perell 4-3 Thurs­day in Lin­dale, fin­ish­ing fourth in Re­gion 7-AA and earn­ing a spot in the Class AA state playoffs.

“We have not done this in a long time for this pro­gram,” Coosa coach Ben Win­dom said. “It has been phe­nom­e­nal. Tonight was com­pet­i­tive all night long. They weren’t play­ing for a spot, but we both fought hard.”

Coosa’s Emily Martin led the team with a hat trick, in­clud­ing two goals in the first half. Mean­while, Eve­lyne Cruz notched one goal and one as­sist and goal­keeper Alexys Davis made eight saves.

All of Pep­perell’s goals came from Ans­ley Daven­port, while Kin­sey Pyles grabbed two as­sists and goal­keeper Bri­anna Culpep­per had eight saves.

Coosa will play Re­gion 5-AA cham­pion La­mar County in the first round of state next week.

In other ac­tion: the 3-2 win over Mor­ris In­no­va­tive on the road Thurs­day.

The Area 7-A match was knot­ted at 2-2 af­ter full time and stayed so through over­time.

Sam Berry scored Dar­ling­ton’s first goal on an as­sist from Noah Wo­ford, while Krisz­tian San­dor scored on an as­sist from Jack Pear­son.

The Tigers (7-7-1, 5-0 7-A) en­ter the Class A state playoffs as the No. 1 seed and will host a first round match Wed­nes­day.

Some early er­rors al­lowed the vis­i­tors to put up two runs in the first in­ning of Game 2, and Dar­ling­ton couldn’t bounce back. Kolin Rogers had an RBI sin­gle for the Tigers in the sixth. Nolan Wil­son went all seven in­nings on the mound, al­low­ing only two hits and strik­ing out six.

Dar­ling­ton (11-13) com­pletes its se­ries with St. Fran­cis on the road today at 3:30 p.m.

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