May 4, 2016
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Collinsville defeats Fultondale, Panthers advance to 2nd round of playoffs

Panthers celebrate after first round win Tuesday night, scoreboard in background. Collinsville will play Altamont at Home this Saturday, May 7 (time TBD). Altamont handily defeated Donoho 9 - 1 Tuesday night.

Panthers celebrate after first round win Tuesday night, scoreboard in background. Collinsville will play Altamont at Home this Saturday, May 7 (time TBD). Altamont handily defeated Donoho 9 – 1 Tuesday night.

By: Joseph M. Morgan

COLLINSVILLE, Ala.—TUESDAY, May 3—The Collinsville Panthers defeated the Fultondale Wildcats 2-1 tonight in the first round of the playoffs for Varsity Boys Class 1A – 3A.

The game was delayed for two hours and two minutes from its scheduled start of 5 p.m. after the AHSAA sent the officials to Birmingham in error instead of sending them to Collinsville who hosted tonight’s game.

Collinsville’s Bryan Barrientos put the Panthers ahead 1-0 on a kick from the right side that just got across the line into the goal with 18:23 left in the first half.

It looked as if the Panthers had ceased control of the game in the second half when Isaiah Avila put the ball in the net with 37:02 left.  However, Fultondale’s Ludwin Marinez Cruz quickly finished the Wildcats’ counter with a goal sixteen seconds later to bring the score to 2-1.

Both teams had scoring opportunities after that with Collinsville just missing on a penalty kick and its rebound.  The game ended as Fultondale sent a penalty kick high over the goal as time ran out.

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Collinsville standouts Isaiah Avila (#12) and Bryan Barrientos (#21) celebrate after their victory on Tuesday. Avila and Barrientos each scored a goal in the first round win.

After the game, Collinsville Coach Jeff Stanley said, “We’ve had to fight hard all season.  We’ve had to work through things all year like the two hour delay tonight.  We are a very young team — no seniors and only 4 or 5 jujniors.  I could not be prouder of them.  We made it to double figures in wins.  This is Collinsville’s first playoff win since the the State Championship season three years ago.”

Some of the veterans from that championship team help coach the young Panthers.  Their message to the team — “This is just the first win.  We got several more to go.”

Collinsville will play Altamont, who handily defeated Donoho 9 – 1 on Saturday in Collinsville, time to be determined.

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