Gadsden City routs Gardendale in 6A girls soccer playoffs


Gadsden City’s Haleigh Kimble attempts a pass as Gardendale’s Alea Adair defends during the Class 6A soccer state high school playoff match Saturday. (Photo by Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times)


 

Gadsden City routed Gardendale 8-1 in the first round of the Class 6A girls high school state soccer playoffs Saturday.

Haleigh Kimble had a big game for the Titans (14-3-2). She scored three goals to lead all players.

Jennah Moore totaled two goals for Gadsden City. Chelsea Commings, Ashley James and Madison Caldwell each chipped in one goal.

Lauren Roussel notched four saves-in-goal for the Titans.

“It was really important for us to win our area,” Gadsden City coach Samantha Corker said. “It’s such an advantage to host and play the second seed from the crossing area. 

“The girls really wanted this and were very focused. When we get momentum, it’s hard to stop us.”

Gadsden City travels to Hewitt-Trussville, who romped past Pell City 7-0 in its first-round game, for a second-round showdown Tuesday. 

Last season, the Huskies ended Gadsden City’s season in the second round. 

The Titans will have a chance to get a bit of revenge for the 2-0 defeat.

 

Corker did not deny that payback is a motivation for her team.

“We want to take it all the way (this year),” she said. “When you’re dealing with teenagers, absolutely (revenge is a factor). We look at it like, ‘We’re not going to get beat this time.’”

The game begins at 5 p.m. at the Trussville Civic Center.

Much like Saturday’s runaway win, Gadsden City gained the state playoffs this year after clinching the Area 12 championship with an 8-0 victory over Oxford on April 8. Moore scored two goals in that match to lead the Titans to the shutout.

This is Gadsden City’s third straight trip to the postseason. The Titans lost to Grissom in first round in 2012.