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Decatur High’s Mitch Fawcett, left, battles for the ball with Hartselle’s Matt Walker. The teams tied 1-1 in the Morgan County soccer tournament at Jack Allen Recreation Complex on Friday.
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Decatur High’s Mitch Fawcett, left, battles for the ball with Hartselle’s Matt Walker. The teams tied 1-1 in the Morgan County soccer tournament at Jack Allen Recreation Complex on Friday.

Tie game
saddens Decatur

Red Raiders outshoot Hartselle, but can’t get ball past Steele

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com · 340-2462

It probably was the most upset a team could have been following a 1-1 tie.

Decatur’s boys soccer team outshot Hartselle 17-9, had a one-goal lead at halftime, and numerous scoring chances near the end of the game, but could not get the ball past Tigers’ goalkeeper Corey Steele.

“We’re not happy about the tie,” Red Raiders coach Brian Quarles said. “Hartselle played great defense, and their goalkeeper is really good. We would have liked to beat them.”

Decatur got on the board early in the first half when Mason Hastie corralled a Phoenix Iverson pass and put it past Steele.

Decatur continued to take the play to Hartselle, until early in the second half when Zack Woodruff scored for the Tigers.

From that point on, Steele faced a barrage of Decatur shots, stopping them all.

Raul Alanis had three quality chances on two close-range shots and a header, but he either missed the net, or Steele made a great save.

“Sometimes when you get the pressure on (Corey), he’s at his best,” Hartselle coach Darrell Harris said.

“When he gets tight, he plays well.”

Despite the tie, Decatur picked up four points to clinch a spot in the Monday’s 7:30 p.m. championship game.

Because of lightning in the area Friday night, Hartselle’s fate will be determined after it plays West Morgan and Brewer takes on Priceville, both games at 4 p.m. Monday.

On Friday, after seeing lightning, officials called all four teams off the fields at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex.

After a short discussion, the decision was made to play the games Monday.

Brewer’s path to the finals is the easiest. A win or a tie against Priceville puts the Patriots in the championship game against Decatur.

For Hartselle to make the finals, it needs to beat West Morgan by at least three goals and hold onto a shutout. Additionally, the Tigers need for Brewer to lose.

Brewer, because of a 3-0 win over Hartselle on Thursday, owns the tiebreaker with the Tigers should both teams finish tied in points.

Decatur girls 7, West Morgan 0: The Lady Red Raiders got contributions from several players to bring down the Lady Rebels.

Megan Schmidt scored two goals. Sally Adams, Meg Adams, Claire Walker, Georgia Gamble and Hillary Papich each scored a goal.

Tara Givens picked up an assist on Claire Walker’s goal.

Hartselle girls 3, Priceville 1: Hartselle maintained a 2-0 halftime lead to hold on against Priceville.

Ashley Self scored a goal and doled out two assists for the Lady Tigers. Leanne McNamara and Kristie Osborne also netted goals.

Marie Kaminsky scored the lone goal for the Lady Bulldogs.

Brewer boys 6, West Morgan 0: Kohl Sowder opened up the Patriots’ scoring when he right-footed a shot past the Rebels’ goalkeeper.

Jeremy Talley picked up the assist. Talley got the second goal, finishing on a pass from Justin Reed.

Jared Latham continued the first-half scoring, touching a rebound into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.

Eric Vallejo dribbled through the Rebels’ defense and scored on an unassisted goal for a 4-0 advantage.

In the second half, Kyle Downs notched both goals for the Patriots (10-3-1).

West Morgan goalkeeper Mike Phillips finished the game with 22 saves.

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