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Soccer: 'Roebros' power Ravenwood into 11-AAA finals

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The Ravenwood boys' soccer team may want to find a special MVP trophy for the parents of Jim and Joe Roebuck after Wednesday’s District 11-AAA contest against rival Brentwood.

In a special Battle of the Woods in the district semifinals, the Roebuck brothers provided all four goals as the Raptors (7-2-3) walloped the Bruins (13-4-1) 4-0 to advance to the finals for the second time in three seasons. They will meet Franklin, the regular-season champions, in the title game Thursday.

“Everybody did an amazing job,” RHS head coach José Londoño said. “I know those two guys put in some really good minutes, but it takes a whole team for us to be successful.”

Jim Roebuck, a senior and the older of the two brothers, got things started for Ravenwood early.

The former defenseman turned forward took a corner kick from Chris Barker and beat Brentwood keeper Justin Lambright, the district’s goalkeeper of the year, to open the scoring just six minutes in, setting the tone for what was to come from the “Roebros.”

The elder Roebuck also added the game’s final score, an unassisted breakaway goal in the 61st minute.

“That final one just sealed the deal,” he said. “After that, we kind of knew where the game was going.”

Not to be outdone by his older brother, Joe Roebuck took things one step further in the first half.

The junior connected on two goals just two minutes apart from each other moments before the halftime buzzer sounded. One came off of a header from a deep throw in by, you guessed it, his brother.

The younger Roebuck said it was the first time since the two were in middle school that he can remember being in such synchronicity with one another offensively.

“It’s really fun to work with [Jim], because this is his last year,” he said. “We used to be called the ‘Roebros,’ so I guess it’s making a comeback.”

Early on, the game mimicked the regular-season finale between the two teams that wound up in a 2-2 draw.

In that affair, Ravenwood jumped to an early 2-0 lead before Brentwood battled all the way back. On Thursday, though, the Raptors made sure that wouldn’t happen.

The Bruins never quite found themselves offensively without their leading goal scorer, Cameron Williams, who was suspended for the contest due to a red card suffered in the quarterfinals.

“Some nights you’re good and some nights you’re not good, and tonight, we were not good,” BHS head coach Mike Purcell said. “You can never use the absence of a player as an excuse … tonight we just didn’t have anybody step up.”

The win advances Ravenwood, last year’s Class AAA state runner up, to the district finals, where it will take on Franklin Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Brentwood. It will be a rematch of last year’s district title game, which was won 2-1 by the Rebels.

The two teams, who both will advance to the Region 6-AAA tournament no matter Thursday’s outcome, tied 3-3 in their only meeting this season.

“We look forward to playing them,” Londoño said. “We know it will be a good game.”

Brentwood’s season ends in disappointing fashion after the Bruins rattled off an eight-game unbeaten streak going into Thursday.

“I told the guys to remember it,” Purcell said. “We’ll be back next year. We’re still going to have a team, we’re still going to play … and life goes on.”

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