Brentwood blanked by Hardin Valley
A quick goal, followed by another, led to a quick exit for Brentwood Tuesday in the Class AAA quarterfinals.
The Bruins dropped a 5-0 decision to Hardin Valley, giving up two goals in the first seven minutes.
“They had a great back line of defense and we weren’t putting together plays on the ground like we usually should,” sophomore Stephen Byers said. “We were going for crosses, and should have triangulated into the box and taken some shots but we were trying for too big of goals.”
It was fourth time Brentwood was shut out this season, but its first since April 9. The Bruins had outscored their opponents 42-15 since last being blanked. However, they could not generate any offense on Tuesday.
Ravenwood topples Cookeville to reach semifinals
Ravenwood advanced to the Class AAA semifinals for the first time, cruising to a 3-0 win over Cookeville.
Ravenwood (13-2), which edged Cookeville by one goal in the regular-season meeting on April 11, seized momentum just before the break on junior Jake Hill’s 40th-minute score.
“This is history making,” Ravenwood coach Jose Londono said. “Things went very well for us. (Cookeville) is a great team, and we were fortunate at times. I’m glad we’ve made it this far.”
Ravenwood will face Houston in Wednesday’s Class AAA semifinal match at 7 p.m.
“(Hill’s) goal was huge; it was one of the main reasons we won today,” Ravenwood’s Behnam Alinejad added. “We got that goal and mentally we were pumped up, and they went into halftime mentally down because they’d conceded a goal. It’s all about the mental game.”
Alinejad, a senior forward, netted the Raptors’ second goal, finishing off an assist from freshman Joe Roebuck in the 69th minute, and junior T.J. Munzel added the team’s final score with just 2:39 to play.
CPA in familiar territory after 3-1 win
Christ Presbyterian Academy picked up right where it left off in defense of its Class A/AA title Tuesday night. And it started the same way it did last season – with a win over Central Magnet.
The Lions collected a 3-1 win on Tuesday. These two teams met in the quarterfinals last year as well with CPA winning 2-0.
CPA (18-4-2) moves on to face Greeneville in a 6:30 p.m. semifinal Wednesday.
The Lions scored eight minutes into Tuesday’s contest on a goal from Chip Omer. Own Keck added what proved to be the game winner nine minutes later.
“It’s a huge momentum shift, a huge confidence booster that we can really do this, this is our game,” Omer said of what the early goals did for CPA.
CAK shuts out Page
Page’s stay in the Class A/AA tournament was a short one.
An early defensive lapse, which led to Christian Academy of Knoxville junior Jon Creel’s fourth-minute goal, put Page in a tough spot, and the Region 6 A/AA runner-up Patriots never quite recovered, suffering a 2-0 defeat.
“At this stage you’ve got to come out a lot harder than we did, and you’ve got to continue to step up the intensity,” Page coach Nate Clapp said. “We had a couple players do that, but didn’t do it as a team. You want to play your best and we didn’t, so that’s kind of disappointing.”
Added Page goalkeeper Wilson West, “We had a defensive collapse. We didn’t communicate on (Creel) running in, and he got a really hard shot in the top corner.”