Kelsey Esco

Mortimer Jordan sophomore Kelsey Esco charges forward during a match at Wildcats Stadium in Fultondale. 

The Mortimer Jordan girls soccer team came up short in the first round of the Class 4A-5A state playoffs on Thursday night. The Blue Devils lost a 6-0 decision at Area 10 champion Southside-Gadsden (18-2), who now shifts focus to Westbrook Christian in Round 2. 

The third-ranked Panthers remained scoreless until the final minute of the first half, but stretched things out in the second and eventually marched into the round of 16 with a 6-0 win. 

Southside’s Alexis Thomas punched the first goal through in the 39th minute when the ball rattled into the middle of the penalty area following a corner kick. That make sent the Panthers to intermission with a 1-0 advantage.

Caroline Price found the net twice in the second half to go with solo shots from Grasyn Carter, Hallie-Kate Smith and Makayla Moore. 

Mortimer Jordan ends its season with a record of 9-4-1.

The Gardendale girls soccer team (11-7-1) opens up postseason play at home on Friday against Class 6A, Area 12 runner-up Pinson Valley (6-7). That match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. in Driver Stadium.

The winner of Pell City-Carver waits in Round 2.

The Gardendale boys soccer team (10-6) also lassoed an Area 11 championship, which gives it home-field advantage against Pinson Valley (11-8-2) in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. Play is scheduled to begin at 5:30 Friday in Driver Stadium.

The winner draws the winner of Clay-Chalkville vs. Carver-Birmingham in Round 2.

The Fultondale girls soccer team (11-2-1) will travel to Class 1A-3A, Area 6 champion Donoho (15-1-1) in the first round of the playoffs next Monday at 5:30 p.m.

That match pairs with Altamonte-Sacred Heart Catholic in Round 2.

Erik Harris is the sports editor for The North Jefferson News. He can be reached at sports@njeffersonnews.com

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