Preps: CPA soccer tops Merrol Hyde, reaches Region final

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 11:41pm

Sam Crenshaw has accomplished a lot during his playing days for Christ Presbyterian Academy’s soccer team, but he wants to add another item.

“We’ve won district every year since I’ve been here but we’ve never won region,” said Crenshaw who scored two goals in the Lions’ 7-1 romp over Merrol Hyde Magnet on Tuesday in the Region 5-A/AA soccer tournament.

“We’ve got a chance to do that Thursday (in finals), and hopefully move on to state,” added the senior, who scored both his goals just minutes apart, sparking a furious Lions’ surge which gave them a 4-0 halftime lead.

“The last couple of games we’ve come out flat,” Crenshaw said. “In this game, we wanted to come out strong, move in charge, and we did that, scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes.”

Junior David Taaffe also scored two goals, which gave him 12 for the season, and assisted on Jordan Wampler’s quick that gave the Lions a 1-0 lead just five minutes in. Taaffe’s second goal came on a pretty header and made it 3-0. Murphy Mulvihill made it 4-0 late in the half.

“We came out with a lot of intensity,” he said. “We’ve been in these situations before and they (Merrol Hyde) hasn’t, and we tried to take advantage of their inexperience.

“Definitely, we want to take this to another level and we’re going to try to get that region championship,’’ Taaffe said.

“I think our experience showed, especially the first 15-20 minutes,” coach Brett Armstrong said. “We came at the hard and got them back on their heels a bit. But Merrol Hyde is a good team, and they kept battling to the end.”

Merrol Hyde, out of Hendersonville, was scrappy the entire second half. The Hawks got on the board on a penalty kick by Jordan Larsen. It was the only goal allowed by Lions’ keeper Luke Roman.

CPA closed things out on goals by Taaffe, and Luke Dyson, the latter on an assist by Crenshaw.

CPA (15-5-1) will meet the winner of the other semis game between district foe M.L. King and Clarksville Academy.

Baseball: David Lipscomb, a stunning 2-0 winner over rival Goodpasture Monday, will host White House in the Region 5-AA finals, 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, Ravenwood is at Overton in the 6-AAA finals, and Eagleville is at NCS in the 5-A finals.

Brentwood High, which had its Region 6-AAA semis game with host Overton halted by rains in the middle of the second inning Monday when the Bruins led 9-0, went on to complete the game with a 16-4 win Tuesday. The Bruins meet rival Ravenwood Wednesday for the region crown.

Goodpasture crushed Hume-Fogg 11-0 and will play Greenbrier for the Region 5-AA title Wednesday. Greenbrier blanked host Lipscomb 11-0.

Tennis: Kyle Burton became the first Pearl-Cohn High tennis player to qualify for state after winning both the District 11-AAA and Region 6-AAA singles titles.

Signings: Post player Anna Mitchell will sign a full basketball scholarship with Trevecca Nazarene, and golfer Taylor Dreps will sign with LMU in DII during a CPA day signing day ceremony, 11:15 a.m. Thursday in the school auditorium.