A talented Greeneville squad defeated the Rebels 8-0 and captured its seventh straight regional crown. Sullivan South will travel to Christian Academy of Knoxville Saturday for a sectional meeting and a trip to Murfreesboro for the winner.
The Rebels enter the next round at 13-7-1. Greeneville, now 19-2 on the season, will host Knoxville Catholic Saturday. CAK won the Region 2-A/AA title 2-1 in an overtime contest. Saturday’s match times will be announced today.
“We ran into a buzz saw,” Sullivan South head coach Keith Parker said. “We knew coming in that Greeneville was going to be difficult. They’re so skilled at every position, and along with the technical skills, they’re just very, very fast. You can tell they’ve played together for a long time.”
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Greeneville had balanced scoring with four goals in each half. Avery Porro got the scoring started six minutes in. Seven minutes later, Brandon Waddell booted home a score. J.P. Vital had the first two goals of his hat trick in the 18th and 26th minutes. He completed the trifecta in the 66th minute.
Seth Crawford broke through in the second half in the 60th minute. Porro added a second goal four minutes later via a header thanks to a cross played to him by Waddell. Matthew Fisher came off the bench for a goal five minutes before the final whistle with a score off a rebound.
The Greene Devils bumped their scoring average up to 5.7 goals per contest with their 11th shutout. It was the third time Greeneville scored eight or more goals this season.
“At the end of the day, what we want to achieve is still on the table. We’re in a sectional game, and we’re one great performance away from qualifying for the state tournament,” Parker added.
“The way we go from here is one of two ways: we can throw in the towel and the season is over and get steamrolled Saturday, or we can man up and come back strong to make a run at it.”
Sullivan South saw a five-match winning streak snapped, which was the longest of the season, but only one match matters now.