‘Icing on the cake’: Spain Park closes particular season with State Championship – Shelby County Reporter

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Redaction boss

HUNTSVILLE – Lower than 24 hours after a miraculous last-second win in opposition to rival Vestavia Hills, the Spain Park Jaguars left no probability for a second straight miracle within the Class 7A State Championship recreation.

This time, the Jaguars scored two objectives within the first half and two extra within the second half to drag away from Fairhope and declare the college’s fifth state championship.

“It is the icing on the cake. We labored all season for this and to be right here proper now may be very particular,” MVP Tatum Ahlemeyer mentioned after the 4-0 shutout. “This workforce may be very particular. There may be a lot love on this group. I’ll at all times be grateful as a result of I do know that Jesus is the supply of all that love. It’s a true reward to be right here and to be with this workforce”.

Ahlemeyer scored each objectives within the first half for the Jags to provide them an early breather, and that was greater than sufficient with a protection that solely allowed two pictures your entire recreation.

After lacking three beauty within the first 10 minutes, Ahlemeyer took benefit of an open shot. Receiving an ideal play within the field from Addy Soehn, he gained the ball from the keeper and shot it proper into the again of the web.

That put Spain Park up 1-0 with 21:26 to play within the first half.

Then, lower than 10 minutes later, the duo related once more.

Successful a nook kick, Soehn as soon as once more performed the ball and curved it completely in direction of the again submit the place Ahelmeyer leapt into the air and headed in for a 2-0 lead with 12:55 remaining within the half.

Controlling the ball the remainder of the half, the Jags threatened to increase the lead, however finally took a 2-0 lead on the half.

Within the second half, it was extra of the identical.

It took lower than 9 minutes for the Jags to extend the lead when Maddie Davis scored with 31:15 left within the recreation.

Then, 9 minutes later, Marybeth O’Bryant, the hero of Friday’s match, sprang into motion with a objective to provide Spain Park a 4-0 lead with 22:15 remaining.

From there, the Jags used their protection to forestall late heroics from Fairhope.

“They’ve carried out a superb job all through the season,” Starr mentioned of the protection. “At the start of the season, we had been giving up some horrible objectives. We did some tweaking, we did some tweaking they usually simply obtained higher as a gaggle. I feel every thing hit on the proper time and led as much as immediately.”

With that, the Jags had been in a position to declare the workforce’s first championship as a Class 7A workforce, the primary since profitable the final of three in a row in 2011 and the fifth general at school historical past.

“They have been engaged on all of it season,” head coach Robert Starr mentioned. “It was the end result of the final 2-3 weeks. They needed to undergo Oak Mountain, by Vestavia, by Auburn; They will need to have had a tough few weeks. They simply put all of it collectively immediately. Should you make it this far, you are mine too, ensure you do.”

Following a last-second win a day earlier that noticed O’Bryant rating on an extended shot that bounced over the keeper’s head with 4 seconds remaining, the Jags stayed centered on the general objective regardless of the emotional curler coaster .

“Yesterday, it was undoubtedly a chaotic recreation. I’m happy with my group for preventing on a regular basis,” Ahelmeyer mentioned. “I really feel like that basically characterizes the season for us. It has been a battle. We have now had many ups and downs. Final evening, in our resort, we had been collectively. It actually exhibits on the sphere how a lot love there’s on this group and that togetherness. For us, this has been a objective for the entire season. After yesterday, we mentioned: ‘The job isn’t carried out but.’ That helped us keep centered for certain.”

As for this group with the ability to carry a championship again to Spain Park, Starr mentioned it could not have occurred to a greater group.

“It is an awesome group of ladies,” she mentioned. “I have been fortunate sufficient to be right here for all of our championships, however we talked about it through the season, ‘The place does this workforce stand by way of how they stack up in opposition to the remainder?’ And they’re definitely the nicest group of ladies you might be with, which is simply superb. I have been right here, I’ve carried out that; so it was nice to see them have this expertise.”

Along with Ahlemeyer’s objectives, he had an help, whereas O’Bryant additionally added an help to his solely objective. Soehn completed with two assists, whereas Davis had the one objective from him. Lillian Gourley closed out a particular season by making a save on two contested pictures.