HUNTSVILLE, Ala (AHSAA) – Homewood High School’s Lady Patriots (19-4-5) of Coach Mindy McBride scored late in the second period to nip Chelsea 3-2 in a dramatic come-from-behind win to clinch the school’s first-ever girls’ AHSAA state soccer title.
Junior Claire Touliatos got the winning goal at 70:51, thanks to an assist from Eleanor Kyle. Just 73 seconds earlier, Kyle, a sophomore, tied the match at 2-2 with a goal assisted by Maggie O’Hare and Marguerite Middlemas.
O’Hare managed the first goal of the match just 14:34 into the finals, scoring on an assist from Audrey Nabors. Chelsea (21-3-1), coached by Jonathan Hammett, tied the match at 21:20 on a goal by Kailey Littleford. The Hornets took the lead in the second period when Morgan Bright scored at the 61:24 mark.
Homewood senior goalkeeper Jada Repp earned Class 6A girls’ state championship MVP registering four saves. Chelsea goalkeeper Titus MacKenzie had three saves. The Lady Hornets won state titles in 2012 and 2017. Chelsea and Homewood played once during the regular season in 2019 with the Patriots losing 4-3.