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Brentwood blanks Hendersonville 4-0; Ravenwood wins 1-0 shutout

By CAROL STUART
Brentwood Home Page
Brentwood High, which won its last state soccer championship in 2008, shut out longtime Middle Tennessee rival Hendersonville 4-0 to return to state for the first time since making the finals in '09.

Blake Chidester scored the first and the final goal for the Bruins in Saturday's sectional, and Alec Leaman and Matt England each had a goal and assist for BHS.

Crosstown rival Ravenwood also won its sectional game at Dickson County, 1-0, to join Brentwood in the eight-team Class AAA tournament at the TSSAA Blue Cross Spring Fling state championships in Murfreesboro.

 Matt England penalty kick goal before halftime
 Blake Chidester second-half goal for 4-0 lead

"This is huge because my freshman year we went up to Hendersonville and lost to them in the substate game," Chidester said. "So this was like a revenge game now on our home field. Beating them feels really good, and finally getting to state my first year is really awesome."

BHS and RHS will find out their opponents on Sunday for Tuesday's quarterfinals at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.

Brentwood (17-1-2) scored early, in the seventh minute, when Leaman on the right wing placed the perfect pass to Chidester for the 1-0 lead.

"It was like a counter and Alec Leaman got the ball," Chidester said. "He was on the outside and I was making a run on the inside, and he saw me and it was just a perfect ball.  it was one touch right into the goal. It was really nice.

"I didn't expect it that early. I thought it was going to be a more tough game than it really was, but after the first goal I thought we had the edge."

The game got physical early, and Hendersonville got three yellow cards for the night, drawing the first one in the eighth minute when Leaman was fouled by Shawn Bowerman.

The Bruins made it 2-0 when England, the Bruins' placekicker in football, lofted a free kick from the other half for a long ball that glanced off Leaman for a header in the goal.

"That was like 60 yards out and Leaman was making a nice run," Purcell said. "I would say part of that is luck, but for all that to come together is pretty remarkable. It was a nice finish.

"It's one you don't expect because they were pressing right before that. Only 1-0, we had a couple of chances down here putting the pressure on us, and then we get this long kick and score on them. It's hard when that happens to a team, because you've worked and worked and worked and hadn't gotten anything, and then the other team comes back and boom like that you're in the back of the net."

England wasn't even sure after the game that a teammate had hit it, thinking it was an own goal.

"I was just trying to get it in the box, trying to put it toward the keeper," he said. "The keeper didn't really have that much height -- just maybe trying to get it in there and knock it around a little bit and put it in there."

Said Chidester: "I really thought the game was over. I thought we had it at that point.  I thought that sealed the deal and then putting on the other two goals I knew the game was over."

The contest got dicey with less than 4 minutes left in the half. Just after a foul was called on Hendersonville, Brentwood's Peyton McClure extended the extracurricular activities and was hit for a yellow that came close to a red card.

"It was more physical than they usually are," Purcell said. "Usually they're physical and clean games, hard contested games, and tonight there were times where it got a little bit out of hand. Nobody really got hurt, I hope.

"As for the rivalry, I know for years we've played these guys and it's going to be pretty intense, because it's usually in a situation like this where somebody's going to go to state, or not go to state."

Hendersonville's Richmond Taylor got a yellow card at 2:37 before the break, and the Commandos fouled Chidester in the box with only about 5 seconds to play. England made the penalty kick for the 3-0 lead at intermission.

Brentwood post-game celebration

"I was excited, that third goal," England said. "2-0 is a dangerous score, because they get one and the momentum and they come back. So 3-0 kind of puts them away. I was really excited to get to take that PK."

Chidester added the fourth goal in the 46th minute, and Purcell cleared the Bruins bench in the final 14 minutes. Matt Churitch earned the shutout in goal.

The second half was played more cleanly after a warning from the center ref at intermission, but a yellow was handed out to Hendersonville's Ryan Odum with 9 1/2 minutes to play.

After winning its third state title in 2008, Brentwood also made the finals in '09 before falling to Farragut in 2009. Hendersonville eliminated the Bruins in 2010 on its way to the state championship, and BHS lost to Overton in the region semis last season.

Ravenwood 1, Dickson County 0: Samuel Stevenson scored the only goal, on an assist from Tyler Patterson, and the Raptors earned their second straight state tournament berth.

Sophomore Myles Fullen had five saves in goal for the shutout victory. Ravenwood suffered two losses to Brentwood in the regular season and the region final, but won the district tournament a second straight year.

The Raptors (16-3-4) have won 11 of their last 12 heading into the state tournament.

 Video of Blake Chidester interview  Video of Matt England interview



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