As Trey Grantham’s right-footed shot swished the side-netting, just outside of the reach of Hartselle’s keepers finger tips, a loud roar erupted in Athens football stadium Tuesday night.
The senior captain’s successful penalty kick in the shootout secured a 3-2 (4-2) first-round playoff win over Hartselle. After the teams were tied 2-2 in regulation, neither could break the deadlock during two five-minute overtime periods, sending the game into a shootout.
The Golden Eagles took advantage, winning 4-2 with successful penalties from Wynn Baker, Devin Hooie, Jose Soto and Grantham. Goalkeeper Dean Bunnell also made a crucial save during the shootout.
With the win, Athens advanced to play Cullman in the second round Saturday. The Golden Eagles will host the second round matchup, although a time has not been determined yet.
Athens 4, Cullman 0
The Lady Eagles advanced to the second round for the sixth consecutive season with goals from Grace Morgan, Frances Conway, Keli Sneed and Klaire Phillips. See Thursday’s print edition for a full story on both of Athens playoff wins.
Other scores from Tuesday’s playoffs.
Class 5A girls
East Limestone 1, Hartselle 0 (OT)
Randolph 9, West Limestone 0
Cullman 1, East 0
Randolph 2, Tanner 0