MURFREESBORO — Another game, another shutout for the Brentwood soccer team.
The Bruins (23-0) ranked second nationally by StudentSports.com, got three goals by three different scorers as they defeated Knoxville West 3-0 in the Class AAA state semifinals at the Richard Siegel complex.
Brentwood extends its shutout streak to ten games and will play a very explosive Houston (19-1-1) team that beat Oak Ridge 6-1 in the final on Saturday at 2:30.
“Houston is a very dangerous team,” Brentwood coach Mike Purcell said. “They are very good offensive team and we will have to control play to win.
The Bruins also have 19 shutouts on the season and have allowed only five goals all season long. They will go for their first state title since 2005.
Brentwood stuck to the same formula on Wednesday night as they scored early to put the Rebels on their heels as senior midfielder Jacob DeKornfeld took a pass from fellow senior Bradley Jacobs and beat West goalkeeper Gunes Akyildiz from a tough angle to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead after only six minutes in.
The ball actually hit the left post and trickled in past the keeper.
“I took the pass from Bradley and got behind the defender and cut the ball to the right,” DeKornfeld said. “It was a difficult angle but I wanted to get it on net.”
“That was a career goal for Jacob,” Purcell said. “It was from a tough spot on the field, but he did a great job and he’ll always remember that goal.”
Brentwood kept the pressure on as sophomore striker Nick DeSalavtore got his own rebound and used a header to score past Akyildiz.
Brentwood added the last goal of the game as midfielder Andrew Coley scored at the 59 minute.
Father Ryan 2, McCallie 1: John Rohling wanted to redeem himself.
The Fighting Irish sophomore was unlucky in the first half had two balls hit off the post, but when the Irish (15-1-2) needed a big play late in their semifinal match against McCallie, he finally cashed in on an opportunity.
Rohling headed a cross pass from senior midfielder Charles Rodriguez at the 78-minute mark as the Irish showed their mastery over the Blue Tornado.
Father Ryan gave McCallie (13-2-1) both losses this season, beating them 3-0 in the regular season.
“I knew when Charles (Rodriguez) flicked it on net that it was a great scoring opportunity,” Rohling said. “I’m glad I was able to get to it and make a play.”
The Irish will face Christian Brothers — a 1-0 winner over defending champ Baylor —for a Division II-AA state title today at 2:30.
“It’s all about moving on and surviving and we were fortunate to do that today,” Father Ryan coach Robin Dieterich said.
McCallie scored first in the 11th minute as senior Clint Parker got a good bounce as his shot bounced off a Father Ryan defender and past goal keeper Josh Phillips who was out of position.