STORY BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON | PHOTOS BY CARL EDMONDSON, JR.
A cross-county rivalry on the pitch tilted its way toward the Brentwood side of Williamson Tuesday.
Brentwood soccer emerged victorious against Franklin in a highly intense match-up Tuesday evening, 2-1. Both teams matched each others intensity until the final whistle.
Brentwood scored fast at the 36:25 mark, as Naseem Abusalim opened the scoring with a goal. Then in the second half after several close scoring attempts were stopped Blake C. Scored at 18:03 for The Bruins giving them a 2-0 lead.
Then Bradley Waylen scored the goal for Franklin, and Jack Shields had the assist at the 12:03 mark in the game.
And even though Franklin almost scored on several other shots, they were unable to even up the scored as Brentwood managed to keep them from scoring again.
Brentwood head coach Mike Purcell shared his thoughts on the Bruins victory,
“We got the early goal, and sometimes, when you score early, you get complacent. And Franklin pushed us around the rest of the half. Then we switched it up a little on defense. We got better back there, and got numerous chances, and Blake buried that shot.
“He had other chances we didn’t quite finish up. We were up 2-0 and we didn’t need to score another goal, and Franklin had a great counter, and came down and scored a nice goal. So the last 10 minutes was a struggle on defense. But we had chances after that. So I’m proud of the way we played. Franklin gave us our toughest game, especially at mid field.”
As for Franklin, head coach Mike Burgoyne had this to offer after the close loss.
“I really thought we played a good first half; we just didn’t put them in,” he said. “Brentwood’s a good team. They got an early goal, and we had a chance to get an early goal. If we score first, I think that game would be completely different. So we were pressing a bit.
“In the second half we didn’t play as well as we could have. I mean we gave them a gift. They finished well, but we gave them the ball in the back and then they scored. I was proud of how we fought back and scored late and made it a game. Our thought process is now is we have a long season. ”