The TSSAA Girls State Soccer Championships will endure another shift Saturday with four of the five championship matches to be played at Williamson County’s Page High School.
MURFREESBORO – Marcela Forero Pretto knew she had just one more opportunity late in Thursday…
Officials met with Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation staff Friday morning and announced the schedule change. After Friday’s 4 p.m. Division II-A championship match between Battle Ground Academy and Christ Presbyterian Academy at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex, the final four matches of the season will move to Franklin and Page’s turf football field.
“We have determined that the stadium field at Siegel Soccer Complex may only be viable for one championship match, which will take place as scheduled today,” the TSSAA said in a release. “The wet fields, coupled with the unseasonably cold temperatures that are forecast for tonight, have led to our decision to move the Division II AA and all Division I championship games to the stadium at Page High School.”
The DII-AA championship, which was scheduled to follow BGA vs. CPA Friday night, will see the biggest adjustment as it turns from a Friday night match into a Saturday morning one. Father Ryan vs. Briarcrest will open the four championship matches at 10 a.m.
The Class AAA championship between country rivals Brentwood and Ravenwood will begin at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Class AA title match at 2:45 p.m. featuring Nolensville and Greeneville and finally at 5 p.m., the Class A title match between Signal Mountain and Alcoa will take place.
MURFREESBORO – Temperatures hovered in the low upper 40s. Rain constantly fell and the occas…
“We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate unprecedented weather challenges and seek the best possible championship experience for all involved,” the TSSAA said.
The entire state tournament was postponed an extra week when a rainy forecast drenched the playing fields at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex last week. On Wednesday, teams enjoyed sunny skies, but endured awful field conditions and more lousy weather on Thursday during the semifinals.
Standing water, muddy surfaces and consistent rain as well as falling temperatures plagued teams and spectators alike Thursday.
Brentwood coach Kersta Mello said she is happy with the shift.
“We’ve been preparing and planning for tomorrow all season,” she said. “We’d play in a pond or a desert or anything in between to contend for a championship.”
Nolensville coach Eric Shelton also praised the change.
“I agree their assessment that Siegel would be unplayable based on yesterday’s match,” he said. “Better for the girls and the sport.”
Teams will also have the availability to practice prior to playing at Brentwood High School. Both Page and Brentwood host playoff football games Friday night, but will be available to soccer teams beginning Saturday morning.
Page High School is located at 6281 Arno Road in Franklin.
2019 TSSAA Girls State Soccer Championships
Friday, Nov. 8 at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro
4 p.m. – BGA vs. CPA, Division II-A Championship
Saturday, Nov. 9 at Page High School in Franklin
10 a.m. – Briarcrest vs. Father Ryan, Division II-AA championship
12:15 p.m. – Brentwood vs. Ravenwood, Class AAA championshop
2:45 p.m. – Nolensville vs. Greeneville, Class AA championship
5 p.m. – Signal Mountain vs. Alcoa, Class A championship