HUNTSVILLE, Ala (AHSAA) – Vestavia Hills blanked McGill-Toolen Catholic 2-0 – scoring both goals in the first 14:41 of the match en route to finishing off a perfect 22-0-0 season with the AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state championship win.
The Lady Rebels (22-0-0) of Coach Brigid Meadow also tied the state’s longest girls’ soccer winning streak by claiming their 28th victory in a row. The last loss came on April 13, 2018 to James Clemens 3-2. The Rebels beat the Jets in last year’s playoffs one month later and also won 5-1 in the semifinals over James Clemens on Friday.
Vestavia, which has six girls’ state championships (2019, 2018, 2016, 2007, 2005 and 2001), now shares the AHSAA’s longest winning streak record with Oak Mountain, which equaled that mark in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Mountain Brook won 26 in a row from 2008-2009, Oak Mountain won 26 in a row in 2004 and Westbrook Christian won 24 in a row in 2015.
Senior forward Lizzie Hill put the Rebels ahead for good with a goal just 6:30 into the match. She finished with four shots on goal and earned Class 7A girls’ state championship MVP honors. Sophomore Riley Vicinanzo scored the second goal eight minutes later at 14:41. The tenacious Rebels defense did the rest.
McGill-Toolen (14-5-2), coached by Cheryl Flores, managed seven shots on goal, three by Hannah Pitts, but Vestavia’s senior goalkeeper Anna Woodson recorded six saves to seal the shutout. McGill-Toolen goalkeeper Baily Dixon had seven saves. Vestavia Hills has won the 7A state championship three of the last four years. McGill-Toolen has the other title (2017).