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May 4, 2014

Soccer: Pinson Valley boys, girls bound for state semifinals after wins on Saturday

PINSON — The Pinson Valley boys soccer team is headed for Huntsville and the state semifinals for the third straight year. But this time, their girls' team is going with them.

Both teams advanced with second-round Class 5A playoff wins on Saturday at Willie Adams Stadium. The Indians boys beat Walker 5-1, while the girls blanked Moody 2-0.

Ramon Cupido figured in both of the first two goals in the boys'match. He scored the opener as he shot while falling down; the ball caught the far post and went in. Marco Aguirre gave the assist. Cupido assisted on the second score, when he fed Jordan Walton with a pass that was headed into the back of the net.

Walton scored again moments later on an assist from Hector Lucatero.

The Vikings got on the board in the 36th minute on a penalty kick, when the Indians were called for a handball in the box. The Tribe was ahead 3-1 at intermission.

Cupido scored his second goal of the game in the 70th minute, when his shot found the lower left corner as he made his way through traffic in the box. Gio Molina provided the assist.

Molina himself scored moments later on an assist from Jef Murray.

The Pinson boys will face Homewood on Friday at 3:45 p.m.

In the girls' match, Christina Bell opened the scoring for the Tribe when she took the pass from Maddison Widner and put the ball in the net in the 18th minute.

Tori Gann scored an unassisted goal just seconds before the halftime whistle.

It's the first time in the on-and-off history of the Indians girls' team that they have advanced to the final-four playoffs in Huntsville. They'll face John Carroll Catholic on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Jared Holloway contributed to this report.

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