By CHIP CIRILLO | Photos by MAGGIE POPE
Six days earlier, normally reliable Jack Lippe missed a penalty kick in a win over Summit.
The Brentwood captain didn’t make the same mistake Tuesday night.
Lippe ripped a low shot into the right side of the net past Dickson County goalkeeper Spencer Cude in the 105th minute in the second overtime for a 1-0 Region 6-AAA semifinal win at Brentwood.
“I had to redeem myself on that one and it was the season on the line,” Lippe said. “It’s a big motivator, sort of a redemption thing for me.”
Brentwood (12-4-2) will host Overton (14-1-2) in the championship Thursday.
A foul was called on Dickson County’s Tucker Purvine when he tackled Brentwood’s Sam Khomtchenko in front of the Cougars’ net. That gave Lippe a shot at redemption.
“He kind of picked himself tonight because he had a grudge to settle with himself,” Bruins coach Mike Purcell said. “That’s the first one he missed all year (against Summit).”
Purcell wasn’t sure if he had ever seen a penalty called in sudden death.
There were 55 seconds left in the first half of the second OT when the foul was called on Purvine in the box.
“First time we ever got a break like that,” Purcell said. “The referee immediately called it, so I feel pretty confident that in his mind, anyway, he felt it was a foul. There wasn’t any hesitation in his call.”
Cougars coach Chris Cardona disagreed with the call.
“I don’t usually bash refs,” Cardona said. “That’s not my M.O. at all. That was not a foul. He had all ball. It was the cleanest tackle I’ve ever seen, so it’s disheartening that they chose to end it that way.”
Cude, a 6-foot-3 senior who pulled a muscle in Thursday’s loss to Overton, kept Dickson County (12-3-3) in the game with 13 saves.
“Even if there is a foul, there’s a no call there because there’s no reason to end a game that’s golden goal on a PK,” Cude said. “It looked a like a perfect tackle to me. It looked like Tucker Purvine got all ball. Came in from the side, but obviously the refs didn’t think that.”
Jake Severino earned the shutout for the Bruins, who won their seventh straight game.
Brentwood kept pressure on Cude the entire game, but he made several diving saves.
“It’s been a season struggle for us all year, just putting goals away,” Lippe said. “We had so many open chances that we could have put away early and the overtimes. It’s definitely our finishing. That’s something we really need to work on.”
Brentwood kept the ball in its offensive end of the field for much of the game.
“Dickson County frustrated us,” Purcell said. “Their defense was active; they were scrappy. It makes every shot a hard shot, even the easy ones and we missed four or five 99-percenters. Ninety-nine percent of the time they’re going to go in. Their keeper was the glue that held their defense together.”