High School Soccer

Soccer: Same five teams represent WillCo area in boys state tournament

Brentwood, Fairview, GCA, BGA and CPA all take the pitch during Spring Fling this week

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For the second season in a row the same five Williamson County-area teams advanced to the boys state soccer championships this week during Spring Fling in Murfreesboro.

Brentwood, Fairview, Grace Christian Academy, Battle Ground Academy and Christ Presbyterian Academy all reached the state stage for the second season in a row.

Brentwood (17-0-1) scored the first three goals in a Class AAA Sectional Saturday and held on to defeat Smyrna 3-2. The Bruins fell to Blackman 5-4 in a penalty kick thriller in the state semifinals last season.

In Class AA, Fairview (16-3-1) clinched a state berth when junior standout Brandon Parrish converted a penalty kick in the fourth overtime to lift the Yellow Jackets past White House 3-2. Fairview advanced to the state semifinals before falling to Loudon – the Yellow Jackets first round matchup this year – in the semifinals in the school’s first trip to state last season.

In Class A, Grace Christian Academy (18-2-2) stormed back into the state tournament with a 9-1 sectional win against Trinity Christian. The youthful Lions also reached the state semifinals in their first trip to state last year before falling to Signal Mountain to miss a state championship berth.

Both Battle Ground Academy (13-3-1) and Christ Presbyterian Academy (19-1) also advanced to the Division II-A semifinals again. Unlike last year’s semifinal matchup where BGA tipped CPA 2-0 to reach the state championship, the two rivals sit on opposite sides of the bracket this time.

The Yellow Jackets will kick off a busy Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in their semifinal rematch with Loudon (15-4-3). Fairview crushed Sheffield in its state debut last season, 7-1, but Loudon scored twice in the second half to reach the state championship with a 2-1 win in the semis.

Loudon has scored at least five goals in five of its last seven matches and shutout Sequoyah 5-0 in a sectional Saturday. They fell to Greeneville in the state final 3-0 last season in the school’s first championship appearance.

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, GCA takes on Sweetwater (16-4) in the first round of the Class A state tournament and re-enters the state stage as one of the most potent scoring teams having collected 49 goals in the Lions last six wins, including a 9-1 sectional win over Trinity Christian Saturday. Led by a trio of eighth graders – Shewit Worton and brothers Malachi and Levi Jones – last season who are now freshmen, GCA stormed into the state semifinals in the program’s first trip to state in 2018. Eventual state runner-up Signal Mountain claimed a 1-0 win to earn a trip to the title match before falling to Gatlinburg-Pittman.

GCA and Signal Mountain (16-3) can meet in the semis again with wins, while defending champion Gatlinburg-Pittman sits on the other side of the bracket. The Lions tied defending champs at home 2-2 on April 27.

In one of the late matches Tuesday, Brentwood takes on Rossview (16-4-2) in a Class AAA first-round rematch from last year – a 4-0 Bruins win. The two teams also met in the regular season and battled to a 2-2 tie on April 11 in Brentwood. Like the Bruins, the Hawks went on to win their district and region titles. Rossview topped Collierville 2-1 in the sectional round to reach state.

With a win, Brentwood would face the Oakland-Bearden winner Wednesday. Defending champion Station Camp sits on the other side of the bracket.

The Division II-A and DII-AA teams take the field on Wednesday as well in the state semifinals.

BGA used some late overtime magic from Charlie Jewell, again, to defeat St. George’s in a DII-A state quarterfinal for the second season in a row. Jewell scored in the final minute of the fourth overtime this time. He had an OT-winner in the final seconds of OT last season at St. George’s.

The Wildcats will face an unbeaten Evangelical Christian School (19-0-3) team Wednesday at 4 p.m. ECS blasted St. George’s 5-0 two weeks ago to win the DII-A West Region championship. They edged Franklin Road Academy 1-0 Saturday in the quarterfinals and have won by shutout in six of seven matches.

CPA also takes the pitch Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Lausanne (13-5-2), which overcame Boyd Buchanan in penalty kicks in a weather-extended quarterfinal match that ended Sunday. The Lions lost their season opener, but have won 19 straight, including Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Knoxville Webb. The Spartans lone goal stopped a nine-match shutout streak by CPA.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

(all matches at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex)

1:30 p.m. – Fairview (16-3-1) vs. Loudon (15-4-3), Class AA First Round

4 p.m. – GCA (18-2-2) vs. Sweetwater (16-4), Class A First Round

7 p.m. – Brentwood (17-0-1) vs. Rossview (16-4-2), Class AAA First Round

Wednesday

4 p.m. – CPA (19-1) vs. Lausanne (13-5-2); BGA (13-3-1) vs. Evangelical Christian School (19-0-3), Division II-A Semifinals

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