Glenwood Soccer Wins State
By Ronald Frazier
It was one for the thumb as Glenwood won its fifth straight girls’ soccer championship by defeating Tuscaloosa Academy on penalty kicks in the title contest at the soccer complex in Montgomery on April 21.
That gave the Lady Gators a 17-0 mark for the 2017 season as they won their last regular season game and won the first two games in the state playoffs by outscoring their opponents 14-0. However, the title game on April 21 was a lot closer than the previous games. Glenwood trailed for most of the game, 1-0 when all-star Whitley Anderson tied the game with her regulation goal with 7:40 left in the contest.
“We had 4-5 chances to score and had two straight shots in the second half that one went over the top and the other hit the crossbar,” said Glenwood coach John Robertson.
“In fact, we outshot them 15-3 in the game but just couldn’t get the clincher,” he added.
Glenwood and the Lady Knights played two extra five minute periods, but neither team was able to score. Glenwood then hit three of five penalty kicks and outscored Tuscaloosa 3-2 to take home the title. Hitting their penalty shots were Emily Gullatt, Anderson and Jordyn Wheeler.
Maloreigh Todd stopped three of the five shots on goal and with the two shutouts in the previous two playoff games, was named tournament MVP. Joining Todd for the all-tournament team were Anderson, Jenna Wilson and Emily Sawtelle.
The Lady Gators got into the title game by shutting out Autauga Academy 4-0 in Montgomery in the semifinals on April 20. Lindsey Daigle scored two goals and Anderson and Emily Gullatt had the other goals as Todd recorded her second shutout in the playoffs.
“The first half was tight and we were only ahead 1-0 at halftime but scored our second goal 18 seconds into the second half, and a minute later, scored another and that took command of the game,” said Robertson of the win in the semifinals.
Glenwood hosted the first round of the playoffs on April 17 and mercy-ruled Morgan Academy 10-0 as Anderson scored three goals and Cara Obert and Gullatt each had two goals. Also scoring for the Lady Gators was Daigle, Karsyn Floyd and Todd, who came out of goal and notched a shot.
Glenwood completed the regular season 14-0 as it defeated Lee Scott in the regular season finale by a 2-0 score. Anderson and Wheeler had the goals in the win that enabled Glenwood to be the top seed overall in the tournament and No. 1 region seed while Lee Scott was No. 2. Lee Scott lost in the semifinals to Tuscaloosa Academy, the top seed from region 2.
Glenwood’s boys also made the playoffs but lost a close 1-0 game on April 20 to Autauga Academy in the semifinals.