Friday night the #3 ranked Jets girls soccer team hosted the #4 ranked Spain Park Jags in Madison City Schools Stadium in a key playoff match. The winner of the match would earn a berth in the AHSAA Class 7A State Soccer Tournament in Huntsville. The Jags struck first with a breakaway goal by Jag striker Shea Greene with 25:29 to go in the first half. The Jets answered 8 minutes later when freshman Hailey Patterson scored on a breakaway goal of her own. Two minutes later Jet senior Rachel Bradberry scored her first of three goals on the night with a Patterson assist. Senior Hannah Swager closed out the scoring for the half with a goal at the 1:48 mark as the Jets built a lead to 3-1 at halftime.
The Jags responded with a goal by Alyssa Young a little over four minutes into the second half. After that, it was all Jets. Bradberry and Patterson each scored again to stretch the lead to a comfortable 5-2. Lily Wright connected on a penalty kick after a holding penalty for the Jets’ 6th goal. With 1:17 to go Bradberry completed the hat trick with an assist from Emma Houssain as the gap widened to 7-2. The Jets were not finished as junior Hannah Smid punched one in on a rebound with 00:27 to go.
The Jets will play Vestavia Hills at 1:00 on Friday in the state semi finals at John Hunt Park in Huntsville. The winner will play for the state championship at 10:00 am on Saturday 5/12. The Jets and the Rebels (ranked #2, 20-3-1) split in regular season contests this year, with each team winning on their home turf. Vestavia defeated JC by a score of 3-1 on 2/24 and the Jets returned the favor 3-2 on 4/13. McGill Toolen from Mobile and Enterprise High School are the other two teams in the 7A tournament.