The Tuscaloosa County boys High School soccer team shut out Sispey Valley 5-0 Friday in the West Alabama Invitational at Hillcrest.

The Widcats started off hot in the first half, taking a 4-0 lead over the Bears. Omar Rodriguez had two goals to pace Tuscaloosa County. Wilkes Pierce and Pablo Garcia scored the other first-half goals.

Nico Schad had the loan second-half goal for Tuscaloosa County.

This was the first win in the West Alabama Invitational for Tuscaloosa County under first-year head coach James Tidwell, after going 0-3 in their tournament debut last year.

“We were able to get off to a good start, we got behind in our last (regular-season) game, and we wanted to emphasis coming out and starting fast,” Tidwell said. “Since we were able to do that, we were able to get a lot kids to play in the second half and everyone loves to see that."

The West Alabama Invitational is in its third year under the guidance of Sipsey Valley soccer director and girls head coach Clay Shumate and Hillcrest boys head coach Andrew Nolen. The tournament that has seen steady growth each year since the inaugural 2016 Invitational, which had eight boys' and eight girls' teams.

Since then, the tournament expanded to 10 teams apiece in 2017, and this year two additional girls teams were added, bringing the total to 22 teams. Tidwell's vision was to create a competitive tournament for schools in the West Alabama area.

“We’re so happy to participate in this tournament because it’s local, and it helps grow the local Tuscaloosa soccer culture,” Tidwell said.

No other games were reported from the tournament.