MURFREESBORO – Ravenwood’s soccer team took their season further this year than any team in program history, but the Raptors weren’t able to keep the magic going Friday.
After advancing to the championship game for the first time with a 1-0 win over state-power Houston Wednesday, the Raptors jumped out to an early lead in Friday’s Class AAA title match, but it was Bearden which scored four unanswered second-half goals and walked away with a 5-2 win at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro.
Ravenwood didn’t wait long to take the lead, as senior Jake Hill scored on a free kick from about 25 yards out just 1:09 into the game.
“That is a perfect start,” Ravenwood coach Jose Londono said. “I think that was one of the things that hurt the most because we got ahead and they got back into the game. We got ahead again, they got back into the game.”
The Bulldogs answered in the 15th minute with a header from Gabe Alvarez, but Greyson Hetherington sent Ravenwood to the locker room with a 2-1 lead with a goal 13 minutes later.
The second half was all Bearden.
The Bulldogs tied the game with a Will Lewis goal less than four minutes into the second half, then took the lead 18 minutes later when Alvarez split a pair of defenders before beating Ravenwood keeper Jack Hyatt with what would prove to be the game-clinching goal.
“Will Lewis played me a ball through and I was able to shield off the left back and the goalie was out of position,” Alvarez said. “So I swung and I hit it.”
Kelvin Garcia added another goal for Bearden with less than two minutes to go, then Alvarez sank the dagger from just in front of midfield with a few seconds remaining.