U13 Freedom Takes 2nd Place in Alabama State Cup
The boys had a solid regular spring season winning the state league. They then enjoyed a great state tournament, winning their bracket handily beating Trussville 3-0 in their first match and then beating USC 3-1 in the first round.
This set them up for a bit of a local derby against Homewood’s U12 Freedom team in the semifinals. It was a tense, hard-fought affair on both sides — and not an easy experience for all the great Homewood parents on both sides. After giving up a goal in the first half, the U13′s fought back and tied the match in the second, sending the game to a dramatic extra time. After two periods, it went to a shoot out where the U13 boys prevailed 4-2. Both goalkeepers did a great job. Congrats to a great season, guys!
U12 Eagles Wins Alabama State Cup[Recap courtesy of Mac Logue] “In the final game, we played a team from Briarwood. They were playing in our division after spending the regular season in the A bracket. Clearly, they were the #1 seed. They beat the BUSA team like 6-1. Pretty early, Cordae won the ball in their half and made one of his trademark direct runs right at their center halves. I’m not sure they knew what to do with such aggression and he managed to get a shot off and score.
Cordae scored again about 10 minutes later after a bunch physical play in the midfield in which no one could get much of a hold on the game. I will say, the pace of the game was intense. Both sides were playing with a ton intensity. We went ahead 2-0.
We gave up one goal on a questionable penalty. Clearly it was a foul, but appeared to be well outside the box. But they dispatched it pretty cleanly. I think the key moment happened right before half time. They had this kid, 19, who had a ton of skill. He won a ball and tried to juggle it out of traffic with his back to our goal. Richard stepped in from behind him and took it right off his toe, nudged it ahead to Cordae who hit a perfect shot off his laces past their keeper for his hat-trick.
The second half was a lot intense defending. Sam, Max, Ty, Alex all had moments when they stopped what looked to be breaks with a well-timed challenge. Ian played the whole game in goal and made a ton of saves. Only one (outside of the penalty) was a real threat. He tipped a shot that hit the post and went out for a corner. On the other end, Ethan had a free kick hit the crossbar and Richard had a shot that hit the post and bounced all the way across the goal and out for a goal kick.
It got pretty tense toward the end. One of our boys got a yellow card for a hard tackle. We had one sequence when Sam made two great challenges in our box, and both times their players screamed for a penalty even though both were great tackles. He then won the ball and started moving when he was fouled, which the ref called.
I think we were the 3rd seed in that group, so everyone felt like we overachieved, though in each game we never felt like were overmatched. Its worth noting that back in 2011 we started off in the U-11 bracket with a 2-5-1 record. What progress the boys have made. And what a great job coach Joel has done. Fun stuff.”
U-13 & U-12 Freedom @ Music City Invitational
U-13 Freedom made it to the wild card playoff match to qualify for the semifinals of the Music City Invitational tourney in Nashville but lost in a hard-fought 1-0. Only a well-taken free kick separated the two teams.
The U-12 Freedom team made it to the semifinals in the same tournament, falling short to the same opponent by the same scoreline in another heart breaker as a penalty in the last 3 minutes turned the match. Though Homewood’s goalkeeper made the save, it was rebounded in by the other team.
Also, congrats to the U-11 Eagles who made it to the semifinals as well!
Good gritty performance from all the boys on the teams!
U-10 Union @ Vulcan Cup
On picture with trophies boys are bottom row from left to right: JC Daniel, Peter Griggs, Brian Condon, Mason Cooper, Cross Derriso, Fox Landgren, Kaleb Jowers, William Handley. Back row left to right: Hatim Nasser, Reese Wallace, Yousef Nasser.
The boys won the U10 division in the Vulcan Cup going 4-0 and beating teams from Mississippi, Tennesse and Alabama in pool play and beating a Mississippi team 4-1 in the finals. Over the four games, Homewood scored 15 goals and gave up just one.
U-11 Eagles @ Vestavia Invitational
The team came in 2nd, losing in the finals to Vestavia 1-0 in a hard-fought affair.
Team members are as follows: Coach Matt Neil, Blake Busby, Brennan Garrett, Jack Giffin, Clay Guerrera, Ethan Strand, Will Sutton, Hudson Wingo, Carter Zadick, Jeffrey Neville, Bernard Burnell, and DeJuan Holyfield.