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AHS defeats Briarwood in Southern Shootout

Posted Wednesday, March 05, 2008 by Sand Mountain Reporter

From staff reports
The Reporter

Published February 28, 2008

The Albertville varsity boys soccer team traveled to Daphne for the Southern Shootout Feb. 15-16.

Albertville finished first in the silver flight, beating top-ranked Briarwood Christian 1-0 in the finals.

The Aggies lost their tournament opener to Mountain Brook 2-0, sending them to the silver flight.

“It’s a game we probably should have lost, but we played hard,” said Albertville coach Matt West. “They scored on two mistakes in the back, and that is what good teams do.”

Albertville edged Sylacauga 1-0 in its first game in the silver flight. Emil Wansfors was able to free up and net the goal.

The Aggies then eliminated Austin of Decatur 3-2.

AHS jumped to a 2-0 lead behind goals from Jorge Cortez and Gelver Bartolon.

Austin trimmed it to 2-1, but Donte Spurgeon answered for the Aggies. Austin added a late goal.

By beating Austin, the Aggies earned a matchup with Briarwood.

The teams played to a 0-0 tie in regulation. In the second minute of overtime, Orlando Argote turned and shot the ball from 40 yards out. The ball sailed over the goalie and into the net, giving Albertville the 1-0 win with the “golden goal.”

“The game with Briarwood was our best effort of the tournament,” West said.

“Going into the game I was fearful that we weren’t going to be able to conjure up a good effort. We just didn’t look like we were ready to play. I guess I was wrong.

“When Orlando hit that shot, it was like we won the World Cup or something. That was just a great win for us. Maybe we will be able to build on it.”

Albertville’s Jake Davis suffered a broken arm in the Mountain Brook match.

“It was just a freak accident, but his spirits are high and he has a chance of returning to play,” West said. “He was a great teammate throughout the tournament, despite the unfortunate happenings.”

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