E.A. Sports Today

Top seeds advance

All the top seeds advance through the first round of the first Calhoun County Soccer Tournament

Donoho’s Mitchell Baker (7) scored three goals in the first half of the Falcons’ 8-4 win over Sacred Heart. (All photos by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

Boys scores
Oxford 9, Anniston 0
Jacksonville 8, Faith Christian 1
Donoho 8, Sacred Heart 4
Saks 3, Weaver 1
Girls scores
Oxford 2, Anniston 0
Sacred Heart 10, Weaver 0
Donoho 10, Saks 0

Friday’s schedule
(All games 3:30 p.m.)
Girls games

(1) Jacksonville vs. (4) Oxford, Field 3
(2) Donoho vs. (3) Sacred Heart, Field 4
Boys games
(1) Oxford vs. (4) Jacksonville, Field 1
(3) Donoho vs. (2) Saks, Field 2

By Brant Locklier
For East Alabama Sports Today

OXFORD — The winds were howling and Lake Choccolocco was out of its banks, but the four soccer fields at Choccolocco Park were in pristine condition after a day of heavy rain as the first Boys and Girls Calhoun County High School tournaments got underway.

Jacksonville, Oxford, Sacred Heart and Donoho advanced to the boys semifinals, while Oxford, Jacksonville, Donoho and Saks advanced in the girls’ tournament.

Jacksonville’s Caden Hendrickson (7) goes on the attack against Faith Christian. Hendrickson scored two goals in the first half.


Fourth-seeded Jacksonville (5-5-1) opened things up with an 8-1 win over fifth-seeded Faith (2-5-1). Caden Hendrickson scored two first half goals to put the Golden Eagles up 4-1 at the half. Preston Harvey and Garrett McIntyre added goals in the first half.

Noah Sawyer knocked home two goals in the second half and Nick Gangwer and senior Nie’dale Archie stuck a shot in the goal.

“We positioned the ball pretty well today and did a good job on defense,” said Golden Eagle coach Jameson Edwards. “We did not let them have any break-outs.

The Golden Eagles will face top-seeded Oxford in the semifinals Friday. Oxford (12-2) took care of business with a 9-0 win over Anniston (0-9).

Mitchell Baker scored three first-half goals to help second-seeded Donoho jump out to a 7-1 lead and they coasted home to take an 8-4 win over Sacred Heart (2-4). The Falcons also got goals from Turner Davis, Yash Patel, Noah Wright and Ross Hagan.

The Falcons (6-2) will advance to take on second-seeded Saks (6-1-2), which had to score two late goals to beat seventh-seeded Weaver 3-1. The Bearcats (1-8) battled the Wildcats and were tied 1-1 with 11 minutes to go. Football player Matt Elston turned into a soccer goalie was brilliant in the Weaver goal as warded off many Wildcat shots in the second half.

Diego Chavero’s goal at the 11-minute mark finally broke the tie and gave Saks a little room to breathe and Anthony Cornejo’s goal at the 7-minute mark put the game away.

Sacred Heart’s Nhi Nguyen (7) lets you know things are going well for the Lady Cardinals. Abby Vingers (99) scored six goals for Sacred Heart and Nguyen had two in its 10-0 rout of Weaver.


Third-seeded Sacred Heart (8-0) and second-seeded Donoho (7-1) rolled into a Friday semifinal date with 10-0 wins.

Abby Vingers was on fire for the Cardinals as she poured in six goals in their win over Weaver (1-8) Ni Nguyen added two goals and Sophie Allen had one to lead the undefeated Cardinals.

Donoho got two goals each from Maryanne Salame, Whitney Seals, Maggie Wakefield and Constance Hodges to dominate Saks (0-7). Sonny Jenkins had six assists and one goal for the Falcons. Lily Wiedmer and Burk Owsley added a goal apiece.

“We had four girls with at least two goals and six girls score,” Donoho coach Jay Jenkins said. “They were spreading the wealth today. Sonny had six assists today and played well; she loves setting up the girls with goals.

”We have not had a practice since spring break, so we were trying to stay fresh. We have Sacred Heart tomorrow and they have not been beaten yet.”

Top-seeded Jacksonville (7-1-1) drew a bye and will face Oxford (3-10) who battled to a 2-0 win over Anniston.

Toni Coley and Deishah Isaac scored goals for the Lady Jackets. Alex McCorkle was in goal with regular keeper Abby Brown out and came through with a shut-out.

“Our goalie play was excellent on the day,” Oxford coach Erin Stephens said, although it was clear she was not pleased with the overall team performance.

To see a lot more B.J. Franklin photos from all the day’s games go to www.bjfranklin.smugmug.com

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