STORY BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON | PHOTOS BY WHITNEY JARRELD
The Brentwood Bruins defeated rival Franklin 1-0 in the district semis to advance to the 11-AAA Championship.
The Bruins scored the winning goal at 32:00 in the first half, when Austin Moore scored from the assist from Reid McAdams.
“Reid just played a perfect ball across the field,” Moore said. “It deflected off the defender, and fell perfectly to me, and I just put it away.”
The game was intense and Franklin had several opportunities to score but the Bruins goalie Jake Severino was able to keep Franklin scoreless.
After the game Brentwood coach Mike Purcell stated, “It was a grinder. It was hard to watch. We got the goal early, then we got lackadaisical about the whole thing. Franklin kept the pressure on.
“The played better than we did. I think we could have played with more intensity, but we’ll take the win. They could have easily tied us or won. I’m glad we came out ahead. ”
Franklin coach Mike Burgoyne gave his thoughts after the tough loss, “In the first half we didn’t play well. Brentwood outplayed us. We made a mistake, and they capitalized and scored a goal. This year we struggled as a team when we go down.
“We tend to press a bit. We start lumping the ball in the air. And it was one of those games where we needed to score first. If we could have scored first, I think the outcome would have been different. I was proud of the boys for the second half for the effort. But Brentwood is a good team. That’s why they’re undefeated.”
The Bruin’s will play their archrival Ravenwood in a District 11-AAA Battle of the Woods final Thursday.
Purcell reflects on district honor
Purcell was named 11-AAA’s Coach of the Year, but he’s quick to send the credit there to his fellow coaches and team.
“I’m not really into awards like this,” he said. “I will say the coaching on the team is excellent. It comes from the two guys I got as assistant coaches. They really train the kids hard.
“To me it’s a team award, pure and simple, among the coaches, and among the players. I’m glad we got it. But it certainly isn’t an individual accolade.”