Rebels play on while Raptors' season ends
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
One Williamson County soccer squad was on the right side of a 1-0 victory in Tuesday’s Class AAA quarterfinals while another was on the wrong at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.
Franklin advanced to the semifinals with a victory over White Station while Ravenwood ended their season against Houston.
Junior Allister Berger scored the contest’s only goal in the final minute of the first half as traffic was created in front of the net following a Jimmy Wester free kick.
“Brad (Ross) told me to go back post,” Berger said of what led to the goal. “I was originally at the front post with him and he said he’d head it across. I went back stick and it just fell to me.”
The Rebels (16-0-2) had multiple opportunities to score but were denied repeatedly by Spartan goalkeeper Ekim Sarinoglu.
Franklin coach Mike Burgoyne thought his squad would have had a bigger lead if not for Sarinoglu, and the White Station defense’s, strong effort.
“I was impressed with the effort of their team,” he said. “Their team worked extremely hard and it kept them in the game the whole time.”
Rebel goalie Parker Lamb earned Franklin’s 13th shutout of the season.
Ravenwood surrendered an early goal against Region 8 champion Houston and could never recover.
Senior forward Eli Price got the goal for the Mustangs in the fourth minute a contest that saw the shorthanded Raptors on the defensive for a majority of the night.
Limited to only a handful of substitutes, Ravenwood (7-4-4) coach Jose Londono did not use injuries as an excuse.
“We had a bunch of injuries,” he said. “I almost asked my backup goalkeeper to get on the field. But that’s how it goes. This is life. You have to make the most of what you’ve got.”
The first year Raptor coach was thrilled with the season his team had and is looking forward to a 2014 season that returns 15 players.
“We were one of those teams who had to work really hard and practically play a perfect game to get to this point,” Londono said. “I’m super proud. We were extremely pleased to just get out of the district. Getting this far was fantastic.”
Battle Ground Academy competes in the Division II-AA bracket Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Photos by Reed Galin / email@example.com
Posted on: 5/21/2013