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Franklin, Brentwood hosting soccer elite this weekend

Kate Hassell (6) of Franklin High will lead Franklin this weekend. Photo by Robert N. Moore Jr.
Local girls’ soccer powerhouses Franklin and Brentwood, along with Rutherford County’s Siegel high schools will be hosting three of the nation’s top programs in a special event format beginning tonight at Franklin.

Our Lady of Good Counsel from Olney, Maryland, Arlington, Virginia’s Bishop O’Connell and St. John’s College High School from Chevy Chase, Maryland will be in Franklin this weekend, bringing national championship-level competition to the mid-state, according to legendary Franklin Head Coach Jimmy Burchett.

“These teams are nationally ranked every year and will give our fans an excellent look at girl's high school soccer at the highest level.”

Bishop O’Connell is typical of the three visiting teams and an early favorite in every game they play.  The Knights are considered an early contender for the national high school title, according to, bringing to Williamson County a program record of 438-72-48.  Bishop O’Connell has made 20 appearances in the ultra-competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game in the past 28 years, with 10 championship trophies already in the case.

Their biggest challenge in the WCAC has been Our Lady of Good Counsel, whose record is very similar to Bishop O’Connell.
The Washington, D.C.-area teams are not expecting a cakewalk on their trip south.  Franklin (4), Brentwood (3) and Siegel (1) have captured eight of the past 15 state championships in Tennessee and the Lady Rebels and Lady Bruins have made a combined 12 appearances in the title game in same period.

“We’ll compete well.  The Williamson County area is still the hotbed for soccer in the state.  Germantown Houston and Oak Ridge are very good, but this is still the heart of Tennessee soccer country,” said Burchett, whose team has already knocked off Knoxville Farragut on the road when the Lady Admirals were ranked number one in the state.

The four-day event begins tonight with Bishop O’Connell playing at Franklin at 7 p.m. 

On Friday, Our Lady of Good Counsel plays at 4 p.m. at Brentwood in the midst of the Bruin’s Homecoming celebration and Bishop O’Connell with play Sigel at Franklin at 5 p.m. prior to the Franklin-McGavock football game at 7 p.m.

Action returns to Franklin High on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Our Lady of Good Counsel facing the Lady Rebels and St. John’s College High School will be at Brentwood at 4 p.m.

The final game of the special event is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. as St. John’s College High School plays at Siegel in Murfreesboro.

Admission at each game is $5.

Posted on: 9/11/2013


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