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Guntersville claim win in suspended game advances to the state finals

Guntersville 1, Southside 0
     HUNTSVILLE – Guntersville High School and Southside High School came very close to finishing their Class 5A State Soccer Championships boys’ semifinal match Wednesday night before storms sent both teams to safe shelter.
    The returned Thursday morning to  finish the final 1:20 of the match – moving to the new Turf Field 4 at Loretta P. Spencer Sports Complex at John Hunt Park with Guntersville clinging to a 1-0 lead.
    A new day meant a new opportunity for Southside – and they came very, very close.
    Still trailing 1-0 with two seconds left Thursday morning, Southside senior midfielder Andrea Favero lined up for a free kick on the north side of the field about 35 yards away from the goal while the other players from both sides gathered in front of the goal.  His only kick on goal for the match was a beauty, sailing directly into the mesh of players just a few yards from its destination. It almost went in.
    The Wildcats (25-3-1) and Panthers (25-3-1) batted the ball around for a few more seconds before it finally slipped just outside the net thanks to goalkeeperSlade Mohr as Guntersville preserved its 1-0 victory.
    Guntersville, coached by Zach Ross, took the lead Wednesday night on goal by sophomore forward Brandon Manganaris, who buried a shot off a save deflection by teammate A.J. Shumate eight minutes into the second half. The two teams then battled scoreless the rest of the night – having to suspend the game with 80 seconds remaining.|
     The Wildcats will be looking to claim their first boys’ state soccer championship Friday morning meeting Gulf Shores, a 2-1 winner over Tallassee in the other 5A semifinal match that finished up Thursday morning. The two teams clash in the Class 5A finals at 9 a.m. All championship matches are being live video streamed over  NFHS Network subscriber-based network.
     Guntersville’s defense limited Southside to only two shots on goals. Mohr managed two saves. Southside limited the Wildcats to only three shots on goal with keeper Hayes Cosby notching two saves.

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