Four-and-a-half weeks into the girls soccer season there is still no front-runner in District 11-AAA.
Franklin and Brentwood had the opportunity to hand each other a first loss of the season Tuesday, but both teams remained undefeated with a 1-1 draw.
“Our district is a powerhouse,” Brentwood coach Cal Long said. “I actually believe that this year it’s a lot deeper than it has been that last two or three years.”
Defense dominated most of the 80-minute affair Tuesday, but both Franklin (7-0-1, 2-0-1) and Brentwood (3-0-4, 1-0-1) found the back of the net in the 69th minute.
After having a shot saved at the goal line in the 59th minute, Brentwood’s Olivia Winnett beat Franklin keeper Jessie Harvey to give the Bruins 1-0 lead. Less than 30 seconds later, Franklin’s Peyton DePriest also got redemption after having a shot saved in the 18th minute, beating Bruin keeper Lizzy Parker to tie the score.
“That’s soccer, man,” Long said. “Good teams can flip momentum quickly, and that was the result. Maybe that’s the soccer gods looking down on us.”
With the tie on Tuesday, Brentwood and Franklin stay with Independence and Ravenwood atop the 11-AAA standings with all four teams boasting undefeated records.
“This is what the district is all about,” Franklin coach Mike Burgoyne said. “Each game is so important because you’re worried about points and you want to win that district regular season so that you can get an automatic berth in the region. The whole district is good. There is still four undefeated teams in the district.”
That could change Thursday as Ravenwood and Independence square off on the Lady Raptors’ home turf.
Reach Sam Brown at 615-259-8232 and on Twitter @SamBrownTN.