Bayside, Daphne boys hoist state soccer titles

Ferguson, McMurphy provide winning goals to propel Admirals, Trojans

By Cole McNanna
Sports Editor
cole@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 5/15/22

The Bayside Academy Admirals (Class 1-3A) and Daphne Trojans (Class 7A) captured boys’ soccer state championships last weekend in Huntsville.

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Bayside, Daphne boys hoist state soccer titles

Ferguson, McMurphy provide winning goals to propel Admirals, Trojans

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The Bayside Academy Admirals (Class 1-3A) and Daphne Trojans (Class 7A) captured boys’ soccer state championships last weekend in Huntsville.

Bayside won its third title in a row with a 1-0 decision over Collinsville and Daphne was crowned the state champion for the first time in program history with a 2-0 victory over Oak Mountain.

On the girls’ circuit, the Fairhope Lady Pirates fell in the Class 7A state final to Spain Park by a 4-0 score Saturday.


Last Friday, the Admirals squared off with the Collinsville Panthers in search of their third title in a row after they won championships in 2019 and 2021. The 2020 postseason was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bayside senior Ty Ferguson provided the lone goal the Admirals needed off an assist from classmate Leo Backman before the defense finished the job.

Last Saturday, the Trojans rode their leader to hoisting their first-ever Blue Map trophy where senior Henry McMurphy provided a pair of first-half goals. He scored in the first 10 minutes of the first half and converted a penalty-kick opportunity in the 31st minute which registered his 40th career goal for Daphne.

The Spain Park Lady Jaguars scored two goals in both halves to claim their fifth state championship and first since 2011. Fairhope earned a spot in the title game with a 2-1 win over Prattville and was similarly searching for its first state title. The Lady Pirates have been within striking distance recently, where they finished as state quarterfinalists four of the previous five seasons with a trip to the state semifinals in 2017.

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