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Tallassee's Irvin Delfin assists Brew Tech with an injured player during the Tigers' second-round playoff win.
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Soccer season ends in state semis

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee soccer program reached new heights in 2024 making its first trip to the Final Four. The varsity boys lost to Gulf Shores 2-1 in the semifinal finishing with a 20-5-4 record, the most wins in a season by a THS team.

"2024 was another historic season for the Tallassee soccer program," said head coach Matthew Tarpley. "All three of our teams set school records for their respective programs. Soccer is on the rise for sure."

After the one-goal win over the Tigers, the Dolphins took the state title with a 3-2 double-overtime win over Guntersville.

Tallassee had the early lead in their match after Lewis Moseley found an open Irvin Delfin, who scored his 65th goal of the season, a team record that ranks fourth best in a season by the AHSAA.

"Irvin smashed the school record for goals and scored in all three playoff games this season," Tarpley noted. "He finished the season as the top goal scorer in the entire state of Alabama and has been selected to play in the AHSAA North/South All-Star Game on July 17."

Gulf Shores knotted things at 1-1 before half, then shortly into the second half play was halted after a tornado was spotted in the area.

The game resumed the next day with 27:22 remaining. Gulf Shores scored the go-ahead goal which turned out to be the game winner advancing them to the finals.

Trey Bosh had eight saves in the match.

"The varsity boys continue to set records on both the school and state level," Tarpley added. " They were undefeated at home with a 12-0-2 record. They were undefeated in area play going a perfect 8-0. The boys went a remarkable 63 days straight without a loss."

After a 3-2 defeat by Saint James on Feb. 27, the next loss did not come until May 8 in the state semis to Gulf Shores.

Warming up in the Rocket City
Submitted by Coach AJ Johnson

"The boys scored 146 goals this spring," said Tarpley of another school record. "They only conceded 44 goals in 29 games. They are officially the kings of Elmore County, beating all four of the other high schools in the county. It was a truly remarkable season and if not for a tornado in Huntsville I firmly believe we would have a trophy on display today."

Tarpley did not want to slight his other programs which made great strides as well this spring.

"The varsity girls doubled their win total from last year," he said, comparing the eight wins to four from the first season ever for the program. "Last year, the girls only scored 22 goals, but this year they scored 44. We had 37 total girls try out for our team, which is a record number of girls showing interest in soccer. They showed tremendous growth and we are excited about next season.

"The junior varsity program had 12 new faces. These first-time players are indicative of the growth of soccer in Tallassee. Many of the new players made significant contributions to the team. They scored 24 goals this season compared to six last season. The growth of our JV boys program is inspiring and indicates the future is bright.

"I am very excited for the future of Tallassee soccer. The addition of Coach Jereme Freeman to the JV boys staff was instrumental to their success and the growth of our program. More importantly, our kids continue to set the standard for excellence on and off the field here at Tallassee High School. I am proud of all of our young men and women. Go Tigers!"

2024 Results

2024 AHSAA Final Four Program