Bayside Academy Clinches Fourth Straight AHSAA State Soccer Title

Huntsville, AL – Bayside Academy junior midfielder Luke Ferguson led his team to a 3-0 victory over Mars Hill Bible High School in the Class 4A state championship, marking the beginning of the 2024 AHSAA State Soccer Championships at the Loretta P. Spencer Sports Complex at John Hunt Park.

Ferguson scored the first two goals of the match and assisted on the final goal, securing Bayside Academy’s fourth consecutive state crown. The Admirals previously won the 4A championship in 2023 and the 1A/3A titles in 2021 and 2022.

Earning the Class 4A state tournament MVP award, Ferguson netted his first goal 10 minutes into the second half. He then converted a penalty kick at the 66:01 mark and assisted on teammate Stephen Trotter’s goal.

Downing Sweat (12) moves the ball as Mars Hill Bible’s Henry Mann (13) rushes to defend. (AHSAA PHOTO | David Holtsford)

The Admirals (10-4-2) demonstrated solid defense, limiting Mars Hill (15-11) to just one shot on goal, which was saved by Bayside goalkeeper Aldo Bryant. Mars Hill’s keeper, Brycen Thrasher, made seven saves out of 10 shots on goal from Bayside Academy.

Ferguson took four shots on goal, while teammate Downing Sweat contributed three shots on goal for Bayside.

AHSAA 2024 SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS

Loretta P. Spencer Sports Complex at John Hunt Park

Championship Schedule

CLASS 1A/3A
Girls’ Finals, Friday, May 10, 2 p.m.
Saint James (16-1-1) vs. Donoho (19-1-1)
Boys’ Finals, Friday, May 10, 11:30 a.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal (19-7-3) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (19-4-4)

CLASS 4A
Girls’ Finals, Friday, May 10, 2 p.m.
St. Michael Catholic (19-2) vs. Westminster Christian (17-2-1)
Boys’ Finals, Friday, May 10, 9 a.m.
Bayside Academy (10-4-2) 3, Mars Hill Bible (15-11) 0

CLASS 5A
Girls’ Finals, Friday, May 10, 11:30 a.m.
Springville (22-1) vs. Gulf Shores (19-5-4)
Boys’ Finals, Friday, May 10, 9 a.m.
Gulf Shores (21-7-1) 3, Guntersville (25-4-1) 2 (2 OT)

CLASS 6A
Girls’ Finals, Saturday, May 11, 11:30 a.m.
Briarwood Christian (15-4-4) vs. Mountain Brook (14-3-4)
Boys’ Finals, Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.
Spanish Fort (12-9-2) vs. Homewood (22-3-4)

CLASS 7A

Girls’ Finals, Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.
Hoover (21-4-2) vs. Auburn (19-3-1)
Finals, Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.
Auburn (17-3-2) vs. Oak Mountain (28-0-1)

Cover Photo: Bayside Academy’s Luke Ferguson (8) celebrates as the clock ticks down in the 4A Finals.  (AHSAA PHOTO | David Holtsford)

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