MURFEESBORO - With a chance to defend its Class AAA soccer title, Brentwood struggled to defend corner kicks against Farrgut on Saturday.
The Bruins (18-5-3) faced only had six corners for the game but surrendered a pair of first-half goals on them and were defeated 2-0 in the championship match at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. Farragut (23-2-2), which is ranked nationally, won its fourth state title this decade and fifth in school history.
“We knew going into the game, they were very good at corners,” Brentwood coach Mike Purcell said. “I thought if we could control the corner kicks, it would be big but they did a good job on them.”
The Admirals (23-2-2) ranked No. 34 ESPN scored their first goal at the 6:20 mark as junior Ryan Stinton got a rebound off of a corner kick and beat Bruin goal keeper Brian Davis to stake Farragut to a 1-0 lead.
Eight minutes later, Farragut again had a corner kick knocked down near the box and junior Brandon Klarner scored past Davis again to give Farragut the 2-0 lead.
Brentwood's opportunities to answer were minimal. Its attack was limited to two shots for the entire contest.
“They are a very fast and disciplined defense and they recover really quick,” Purcell said. “We couldn’t get anything long because they held their positions well.”
The second half got a little chippy as the Bruins picked up two yellow cards and the two teams combined for 33 total fouls for the game.