Varsity Girls Soccer brought home the Blue Map on Saturday, making school history earning the first girls soccer state championship for Homewood High School. The Patriots rallied to beat Chelsea High School 3-2 at John Hunt Soccer Complex in Huntsville.
Audrey Nabors put Homewood on the board first with a finesse finish off a ball from Maggie O’Hare. Chelsea answered with a goal off a breakaway. Moving into halftime, the score was tied up 1-1.
After battling back and forth in the second half, Chelsea was awarded a penalty kick, which was converted. In the 70th minute of the match, Eleanor Kyle scored beating the defenders in a foot race to slot one past the goalkeeper. Capitalizing on the momentum shift, Kyle continued to pester Chelsea’s defense, resulting in a goal scoring opportunity in front of the goal. Claire Touliatos put the ball in the back of the net to give Homewood, making the goal-winning shot.
Goalkeeper Jada Repp earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after shutting down Chelsea with some crucial saves.