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State Soccer: Two-time defending champions Ravenwood, BGA lead WillCo qualifiers

Nolensville, Page & CPA among other contenders

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Championship Soccer — Ravenwood vs. Franklin

The Ravenwood girls soccer team defeated Franklin in penalty kicks to win the 2020 Class AAA State Championship. 

Five Williamson County-area teams will compete this week at the TSSAA State Soccer Championships in Chattanooga, including two-time defending champions Ravenwood High School in Class AAA and Battle Ground Academy in Division II-A.

The five schools will compete across four of the five classifications at state. In all, 32 schools from around the state will play this week beginning Wednesday with championships scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Chattanooga’s CHI Memorial Stadium, a 5,500-seat soccer-specific arena.

Ravenwood earned a spot in the Class AAA state quarterfinals for a fourth consecutive season and will be joined by newcomer Nolensville. The last two AAA finals have been all-Williamson County battles with the Lady Raptors beating Brentwood in 2019 for the school’s first title and Franklin last year.

Full story: The Ravenwood High School girls soccer team claimed a second consecutive Class AAA State Championship with a 1-0 win over Williamson County rival Franklin after a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 in Murfreesboro.

“I’m so excited that we get to keep moving on one more time because I just can’t imagine this being over yet,” said Ravenwood senior Lauren Hiatt, who scored a goal in a 2-0 win over Hendersonville Saturday.

Ravenwood opens Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. against Franklin County. Nolensville, which moved up from Class AA this year, faces unbeaten Bearden at 6:30 p.m. in the night cap of the AAA tournament's first day hosted at Girls’ Preparatory School. 

The Battle Ground Academy girls blasted into the DII-A Final Four with a 7-0 win over Boyd Buchanan Saturday. Franklin's Grace Christian Academy narrowly missed a Final Four berth suffering a 6-1 loss at University School of Jackson Saturday. The Lady Wildcats beat USJ 1-0 for the title last year and the pair sit on opposite sides of the bracket again this year. 

“I think our team shows that nothing is given to us, and we show that even now because we come out every game like it’s the state championship,” said BGA senior Kennedy Price, whose team faces St. George’s Thursday at 11 a.m at Baylor School. “We’re always ready.”

BGA defeated St. George's 3-1 in the same matchup in 2020. 

In Class AA, Page is headed back to the state stage for the first time since 2017. The Lady Patriots battled to the Region 6-AA championship and collected a convincing 4-0 win Saturday in the sectional round over White House Saturday.

The Page girls begin tournament play Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. against Signal Mountain at Chattanooga Christian School – the Class AA and DII-AA host school.

In DII-AA, Christ Presbyterian Academy edged Father Ryan in penalty kicks to reach the Final Four in the program’s first year in the classification. CPA’s Avery Parker scored the clinching penalty kick in her first action of the season to lift the Lady Lions past Father Ryan Saturday in the state quarterfinals.

CPA plays Baylor at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Chattanooga Christian.

The state tournament moved to Chattanooga for this season and next year as determined by the TSSAA. The tournament was last held in Chattanooga in 2012 and is coming off an eight-year run at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro.

The Class AAA tournament will be hosted at Girls’ Preparatory School, the Class AA tournament and DII-AA at Chattanooga Christian School and the Class A and DII-A tournament at Baylor.

GPS is located at River Street and Heritage Landing Drive In Chattanooga; CCS is located at 33rd and Williams, while Baylor is located a 164 Raider Lane.

Admission is $12 per day if purchased in advance on GoFan and $15 per day if purchased with cash at the gate. Everyone school-age and older must purchase a ticket. Parking is $5 per vehicle and charged each day of the tournament. Concessions will be available at all venues, which are also handicap accessible.

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