E.A. Sports Today

Can’t touch this

Donoho girls still unscored upon in county tourney play; top-seeded Saks boys win, Faith girls score upset
Wednesday’s game
Boys bracket
No. 9 Anniston 3, No. 8 Sacred Heart 0

Thursday’s games
Boys bracket
No. 4 Donoho 3, No. 5 Jacksonville 2
No. 3 Oxford 3, No. 6 Faith Christian 0
No. 1 Saks 3, Anniston 0
No. 2 Weaver 2, No. 7 White Plains 1
Girls bracket
No. 6 Faith Christian 2, No. 3 Jacksonville 0
No. 5 Oxford 2, No. 4 Weaver 1
No. 2 Donoho 8, No. 7 Saks 0

Friday’s games
Boys bracket
Saks vs. Donoho, 4:30 p.m. (F1)
Oxford vs. Weaver, 4:30 p.m. (F2)
Girls bracket
No. 1 Sacred Heart vs. Oxford, 6 p.m. (F3)
Faith Christian vs. Donoho, 4:30 p.m. (F4)
Saturday’s games
Girls championship, 4:30 p.m. (F2)
Boys championship, 6 p.m. (F1)
By Brant Locklier
For East Alabama Sports Today
OXFORD – The Donoho girls soccer team has never been scored upon in the three years now they’ve been playing the Calhoun County Tournament. 
The Lady Falcons extended that streak of shutouts to seven with an 8-0 blanking of winless Saks on a rainy Thursday night at Choccolocco Park. They’ve outscored their seven county tournament opponents 40-0.
Donoho’s defensive success goes beyond the tournament, though. The Lady Falcons (6-1) have posted shutouts in all but one game this season, and that was in their 2-1 loss to Sacred Heart.
“We are all about defense,” coach Jay Jenkins said. “We have not been scored on in the County Tournament and we take great pride in that.”
The Lady Falcons got a huge game from Jenna Stremmel, who scored three goals. Kathleen Seals added a pair, while Whitney Seals, Erin Turley and Savannah Williams had one each.  Whitney Seals had three assists, Turley two and Kathleen Seals one.
Donoho advances to the semifinals Friday against sixth-seeded Faith Christian (5-5), which upset third-seeded Jacksonville 2-0.
The other half of the bracket will feature top-seeded Scared Heart (6-1) against Oxford. The fifth-seeded Yellow Jackets picked up their first win of the season 2-1 over Weaver in a game decided on penalty kicks. Sacred Heart drew a first-round bye.
Mya Allen struck first for Weaver in the first half but Dana Isaac answered for Oxford to tie the game and send it into overtime. No one scored in the two overtimes and it went to penalty kicks with Oxford’s Sawyer Brooks and Alex Martinez scoring.

Weaver golden with Souder

For all the confidence Weaver has in its sophomore keeper Brandon Knight, the Bearcats didn’t want to go to a shootout and Cody Souder made sure they didn’t.
Souder scored a golden goal 1:30 into the second overtime to give the second-seeded Bearcats a 2-1 win over White Plains.
“PKs are always kind of iffy; it’s kind of a hit and miss thing,” Weaver coach Beau Winn said. “We’d rather go ahead and win it without that. We were pretty confident with PKs, but that really took the stress off.”
Weaver’s Donovan Baca opened the scoring with a goal at 29:42. Layton Cheatwood answered for the Wildcats a couple minutes later and it stayed that way through the first overtime. Souder almost won it with a bicycle kick near the end of regulation, but he finally ended it when he cleaned up a rebound inside the box.
“The second overtime we really wanted to try to attack,” Winn said. “The goal was kind of a bang-bang play.”
The Bearcats will play Oxford Friday. The Yellow Jackets advanced with a 3-0 win over Faith Christian.
Meanwhile, top-seeded Saks remained unbeaten with a 3-0 win over Anniston. The Bulldogs fought the Wildcats to a scoreless first-half draw, before Saks got untracked in the second half with goals from Jakorius Watkins, Francisco Martinez and Jahir Ortis-Rodriguez.
The Wildcats will face Donoho after Adam Stremmel’s goal in the kick-off gave the Falcons a thrilling 3-2 victory over Jacksonville.

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