A trio of area soccer teams has advanced to this weekend’s AHSAA state tournament in Huntsville.
The two-time defending Class 1A-3A state champion Bayside Academy Admirals (18-3-5 overall, 11-0 Area) are a step away from defending their title and will square off with the Trinity Presbyterian Wildcats (16-2, 9-0) Thursday.
Of the four common opponents between the teams this year, Bayside beat Enterprise, St. Luke’s Episcopal twice and Houston Academy once whereas Trinity Presbyterian lost to Enterprise but beat Houston Academy twice then St. Luke’s Episcopal once.
For the second year in a row on the Class 7A stage, the Daphne Trojans (14-1, 5-1) draw the Davidson Warriors (19-5-3, 8-0) in the state semifinals. Last year, Davidson earned a 5-3 victory but fell to Spain Park, 2-1, in the state championship.
This year, the opponents faced five common foes where Daphne earned a 7-1 record while Davidson went 7-1-1. The Trojans’ lone loss came in their first meeting with Fairhope in regular-season play. The Warriors split its regular-season meetings with McGill-Toolen and although they lost to Fairhope during the regular season, Davidson took down the Pirates to open the postseason.
The Fairhope Pirates (20-3-2, 4-2) are Baldwin County’s lone representative on the girls’ side where they’ll face the Prattville Lions (11-8-1, 3-1) in the Class 7A semifinal Friday at 1 p.m.
The pair of teams shared a few common opponents this year and fared similarly. The Pirates tied Thompson and beat Dothan, Enterprise and Auburn and split their two games with Foley. The Lions from Prattville lost to Auburn and Thompson, split its two games with Enterprise but beat Dothan in the regular season and just beat Foley to make the semifinals.
Fairhope exited in the second round of the state playoffs last year as the Area 2 champion after Smiths Station earned a 1-0 win. Prattville’s postseason last year was also ended by a 1-0 defeat to Smiths Station, this one in the first round.