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Austin boys move to
No. 5 in soccer poll

Both Decatur teams land in top 6 in 5A

From Staff Reports

Two days after winning the Southern Shootout, Austin High's boys soccer team received a measure of recognition for its accomplishment.

The Black Bears (6-0) won four games in the two-day tournament, which was based in Daphne and Fairhope. As a result, they moved from No. 17 to fifth in the Class 6A state rankings, which are voted upon by the coaches and were released Monday.

On their way to the tournament title, the Black Bears beat McGill 3-1 and Briarwood Christian 2-1 on Friday. Then on Saturday, they beat Sylacauga 2-1 and Mountain Brook 4-3.

"Just a great tournament all the way around," Austin coach Lewis White said. "My heart didn't beat from Friday afternoon until the final minute of that last game. I'm telling you, I was holding my breath."

In the Black Bears' six games this season, they've scored 16 goals and allowed only seven.

They're set to play at Albertville on Tuesday and at home Thursday against top-ranked Grissom at 6:30 p.m. Then Mountain Brook will get a rematch with the Black Bears when the two teams play Saturday at Mountain Brook.

Both of Decatur's teams landed in the top 10 as well.

The Red Raiders' boys (2-0-1) have outscored their opponents 9-1 and are No. 6 in 5A. The girls (2-0) have scored 16 goals and not allowed any. They're fourth in the latest poll.

Austin's girls are No. 14 in 6A at 2-0. They've outscored their opponents 14-0. They have a tough game set for Wednesday, however, when they meet second-ranked Huntsville at home at 7 p.m.

Four other area teams got into the state rankings as well.

In the 5A boys poll, Athens is eighth, and Hartselle is No. 13. In the 5A girls rankings, Athens is No. 11.

East Limestone's girls pulled up at No. 10 in the 1A-4A poll.

Monday's game

Decatur boys 2, Arab 1: The Red Raiders beat the No. 14 team in 5A after getting one goal each from Mason Dunn and Tom Gray.

Andrew Wenzler was the goalkeeper for Decatur, limiting Arab to one score.

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