It was Redmond to the rescue.
Once again, dependable senior Will Redmond came through for Christ Presbyterian Academy’s soccer team, scoring two goals, both in the second overtime. His heroics lifted the Lions (12-2-3) to a tense 3-1 Region 5-A/AA semifinal victory over scrappy Clarksville Academy Tuesday night at Trevecca Nazarene field.
After the teams had fought to a 1-1 draw, the game headed into overtime after the Lions had a goal disallowed late in the second half due to a hand pass. But after sophomore David Taffee bolted down the right side, he sent a crossing pass to Redmond who nudged in the go-ahead goal with 9:00 left.
Then, with the Lions playing a man short due to Taffee receiving a red card, Redmond fought off one defender, eluded another and booted his second goal of the overtime into the nets. It came from the left side with 2:20 left, giving him 22 for the season.
“Taff made a great move down the side, and he saw me cutting over and made a great pass,’’ Redmond said. “On the second one, sometimes the adrenalin just takes over, soccer is a sport where you just push, push, push, and that’s what I did then.’’
Redmond is headed to UT-Chattanooga where he may play club soccer or walk on for the Mocs’ team.
“Will has really scored some big goals this year and he really scored two big ones in this game,’’ said veteran CPA Coach Brett Armstrong, who guided the Lions to the ’99 AA state title. “He’s a senior and an amazing leader.
“This was very physical game, Clarksville Academy is a very good team and took away a lot of the things we like to do,’’ he added.
Stung by an early CA goal, CPA bounced right back moments later when David Wagner booted in a short goal from the side. The game stayed that way, with a lot of tense moments, one of which CPA goalkeeper Luke Roman made a save on a free kick.
“They switched kickers, and I shifted right, and it came in from the left, and I couldn’t see it at first,’’ said Roman, who leaped up at the last second to make a catching save.
“CA has a really tough player, No. 10 (junior Tyler Marshall) who is outstanding,’’ said Roman who is also CPA’s quarterback in football. Asked to compare the sports, he said, “it’s totally different. But there is one similarity where as a goalie and as a quarterback, you want to be a leader and give your team confidence.’’
Roman and Redmond gave their team plenty of that Tuesday night.
Taffee is feared lost due to suspension when CPA meets White House-Heritage (who bested Hume-Fogg, 2-1) in the region final Thursday. He was red-carded for “extremely physical play,’’ in a game which was very physical with no other red cards shown.
Soccer kingpins Brentwood and Ravenwood both won to advance into a finals meeting with each other Thursday in Region 6-AAA. Brentwood shut out Antioch 4-0, and Ravenwood blanked McGavock 3-0.
FRA guns for its first state team final four appearance in tennis since 2000 when the Panthers host Marshall County today at 4 p.m. in A/AA Sectionals. Also, MBA shoots for a DII state berth today when the Big Red visits Memphis CBHS.
Goodpasture’s softball team crushed DeKalb County 11-1, as the Cougars played their Region 4-AA final a day early. The defending state champs host a Sectional Friday.
Overton’s baseball squad visits Ravenwood today in Region 6-AAA, Ezell-Harding heads to Lipscomb in 5-AA and DCA visits Goodpasture in 4-AA, with all of three games district rematches. Winners host Friday sectionals.
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