HUNSTVILLE, AL (WBRC) - Three local teams are bringing a blue map home to the Birmingham area. Hoover claimed the Class 7A boys’ state soccer title Saturday at John Hunt Soccer Complex, Homewood won the Class 6A state girls’ crown, and Vestavia Hills took home the Class 7A girls’ title.
Coach Kris Keplinger’s Hoover Bucs (19-4-3) were pushed to the limit in Saturday’s Class 7A Boys’ Soccer Championship match, but prevailed to nip Enterprise 3-2. The Bucs won their first state soccer title since 2003 with some clutch play by junior Richard Ujueta. He had both Hoover goals in regulation, then was one of five Bucs to nail their kicks to capture the title with a 5-3 edge in the shootout. Hoover goalkeeper Max Rudolph stopped the Wildcats (14-6-4) on their fourth shootout kick attempt to seal the win.
Homewood High School’s Lady Patriots (19-4-5) of Coach Mindy McBride scored late in the second period to nip Chelsea 3-2 in a dramatic come-from-behind win to clinch the school’s first-ever girls’ AHSAA state soccer title.
Junior, Claire Touliatos scored the winning goal at 70:51, thanks to an assist from Eleanor Kyle. Just 73 seconds earlier, Kyle, a sophomore, tied the match at 2-2 with a goal assisted by Maggie O’Hare and Marguerite Middlemas. O’Hare managed the first goal of the match just 14:34 into the finals.
The Lady Hornets won state titles in 2012 and 2017. Chelsea and Homewood played once during the regular season in 2019 with the Patriots losing 4-3.
Vestavia Hills, defending 7A state champions, remain undefeated 23-0 after beating McGill-Toolen 2-0 in the Class 7A girls’ state championship game. This is the Rebels second straight title and third in four years.