Hartselle soccer’s season ends in second round loss to Randolph

Hartselle soccer’s season ends in second round loss to Randolph

The clock struck midnight for the Hartselle soccer team in their 4-1 second-round loss to the Randolph Raiders last week.

The Tigers, who were playing in their first second-round game, were facing a tradition-rich Randolph team that has won eight state titles since 2000. The Raiders last won a championship in 2018.

Hartselle fell behind 1-0 when Randolph’s Keegan Morse scored the first of two goals with 25:01 left in the first half. He added his second goal just moments later to put the Raiders up 2-0.

Slate Gargus got the Tigers on the board with 10:35 left in the first to cut the Randolph lead to 2-1.

The Raiders added another goal with 2:10 left in the half to take a 3-1 lead. Randolph added their final goal with 34:17 left in the match for a 4-1 lead. 

“This is a group that started playing together seven or eight years ago,” Hartselle coach Dan Bennich said. “They continued to improve each year. I think their success this year has created a new culture and tradition for Hartselle.”

Hartselle’s season comes to an end with a school-record 18 wins. 

Keegan Zanda

Zanda will leave Hartselle as the school’s all-time lead scorer. He finished his senior season with 57 goals and 118 total points.

He will continue his soccer career at the University of Mobile. 

Russell Frye