The Brentwood girls soccer team defeated Siegel 1-0 Nov. 3 at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga for the Class AAA state championship.
Senior Meg Howard scored the championship-winning goal in the 66th minute on an assist from Jessi Boozer. It was her fourth goal in three games and 26th of the season.
“She’s incredible,” Lady Bruin coach Cal Long said. “She’s just one of the most brilliant players I’ve ever been around. She made big plays in big moments again.”
Brentwood’s defense continued to be stout once reaching the quarterfinals in Chattanooga, allowing just one goal – that one coming 10 minutes into their quarterfinal game against Arlington.
“From that point on, we said that’s not going to happen,” said Long. “We were just solid defensively (from then on). Our goalie, Kat Lee, was just fantastic.”
Lee made 13 saves while in Chattanooga, helping Brentwood (18-2-1) defeat Arlington 4-1 in the quarterfinals, Farragut 1-0 in the semifinals, and Siegel in the championship.
Brentwood took great pride throughout the season in being solid on defense and having a quick-striking, aggressive offense. The Lady Bruins allowed only 18 goals all year while out-shooting their opponents in most matches.
That was the case throughout the state tournament as they out-shot their three opponents 37-21.
“We’re hungry going towards the goal,” Long said. “We’ve always been that way. We’re a very fast attacking teams – that’s what we do.”
The title is the Lady Bruins’ second in program history. Their last title came in 1997 with a 3-2 win over Houston. It was the first year the TSSAA held the girls soccer state championships in Chattanooga.