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Nov, 2019

Crush Soccer finishes season setting club records!!


The Opelika Crush Soccer Club finished up the Fall Club season setting club records. Six teams qualified for the championship tournament in Foley, Al, with 5 teams advancing to the championship Sunday and two Crush teams walking away as champions.  

Coach Eric Faison’s U15 Girls, who won the state cup last year, came into the tournament as the #2 seed, finishing the regular season 4-1-1. In the Semi-Finals, Opelika faced the Gulf Coast Rangers out of Mobile/Daphne and won 2-0 with goals from Scarlet Posadas and Cairli Kelly. In the Championship game, they faced BUSA Alabaster. Alabaster led 1-0 until Cairli Kelly beat the keeper with the equalizer in the 62nd minute. The score remained 1-1 at the end of regulation sending the game to extra time. With less than 30 seconds in the final period of extra time, Alabaster found the back of the net ending Opelika’s run to a second straight state championship. 

After failing to qualify last year, the U15 boys came into the tournament as the #5 seed, with an 5-2-1 record. In the first round of the tournament, they defeated Birmingham United Premier 4-1, with goals from Austin Marlin, Dexter Graham, Sawyer Waldrep and Charlie Johnson. In the semi-finals they faced the #1 seed and the previously unbeaten BUSA Alabaster, who had allowed just 1.1 goals a game on the season and scored six goals to win 6-1 and advance to the championship game. Goals scorers in the semis were Marlin, Graham (2) Andy Roberts and Carson Long (2) . In the championship game, the boys fell to Briarwood Soccer Club 1-0. Jaxon Kerley had 14 saves over the course of the tournament. 

The U19 boys, in the second division, Coached by Ed Conwell entered the tournament as the #2 seed with a 5-1 record. In the Semi-Finals they beat Birmingham United 2-0 with 2 goals from Tyler Suggs assisted by Haydn Schwind and Ian Costello. In the Championship game, the boys faced Tuscaloosa Soccer Club who had defeated them earlier in the year 4-0. Senior Taylor Ransom scored a hat trick and Ryley Sims scored the 4th goal to give the team a 4-1 win in the Championship game. Schwind, Costello and Jacob Jerkins each had an assist and Miller Isaacson had 11 saves and allowed just 1 goal over the tournament. 

The U16 boys had a dream season after failing to qualify for the tournament last year. This season U16 boys went undefeated through league play with an 8-0-1 record and scoring 4.2 goals per game and headed into the tournament as the #1 seed. With a first-round they drew Huntsville FC in  who advanced to the semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Prattville United. In the semi Finals, Opelika got goals from Dylan Millar and Ayden Green to advance to the championship with a 2-1 Victory. In the Championship game, Opelika faced the #2 seed Shoals Soccer Club who’s only defeat was to Opelika in the first game of the season. For the first time in the season, Opelika was held scoreless and fell 3-0. Jacob Quinones had 6 saves for the tournament and Jeremiah Baker had 4. 

The U19 boys in the top division finished the season with a perfect 8-0 record for a second straight season and went into the tournament as the #1 seed. Coach Steve Charlot had his team prepared this year for another run. In the Semi-finals they faced Marshall United FC and doubled their season 3.5 scoring average with a 7-2-win. Charlie Garcia had 4 goals, while Dima Hawkins, Johnathan Mendoza, and Israel Zuinga each had one. In the Finals, Opelika faced River City United out of Madison, Alabama. Opelika dominated possession and managed to outshoot River City 18 – 3 yet Garcia was the only player to find the back of the net giving the team the 1-0 victory and the state cup championship. Grant Parham had the clean sheet in the championship game with 3 saves. Parham and Brandon Weirsma each had 4 saves in the semi-finals

The only team advancing to the tournament not to make the championship game was the U19 Girls competing in the top bracket. The #3 seed Opelika team faced #2 Vestavia Hills In the semi-finals . After regulation, the game was tied 3-3 on goals from Corrine Weissinger, Jordyn Wheeler and an own goal from a Vestavia defender. After the full 20 minutes of extra time and neither team being able to score, the game came down to kicks from the mark, where Vestavia made 4 of 5 attempts and Opelika had made 3 of their first 4 attempts , giving Vestavia the win. In Sundays  3rd place game the girls faced Briarwood soccer club and won 1-0 with a goal from Anna Carter to finish 3rd in the tournament 


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