Chattanooga Christian's offense became its best defense in a 9-0 victory over Chester County in a Class A/AA state quarterfinal on Wednesday night.
The Chargers possessed the ball for about 90 percent of the game making it difficult for Chester County to get a touch across midfield, let alone set up a scoring opportunity against one of the top teams in the state.
"We just don't see this kind of competition day in and day out," said Chester County coach Jason Judd, who is a 1998 graduate of Ringgold High School. "This is our first time out of districts and we lucked up and drew the No. 1 team in the state. It's been a great year."
A good year for the Chargers can become great if they win their next two games. The first comes tonight against Christian Academy of Knoxville at 7.
CCS coach Cal Sneller isn't looking beyond today. But being able to rest most of his starters for about half of Wednesday's game could prove beneficial against CAK which beat Hume-Fogg 3-1.
"Balancing soccer and school is hard because you have late nights, so any time you get to rest, it's crucial," said senior Natalie Thedford who had two goals and an assist. "We're hoping that it pays off because CAK is a really good team and we'll need all of our energy."
Kruesi Brock began the resting with a goal less than six minutes into the game Wednesday. Ellie Henry and Hannah Henry both scored in the following seven minutes helping CCS to a 3-0 lead at the break.
Thedford scored twice to start the second half. Allie Vannoy added a goal, Hannah Henry scored again, freshman Sara Farlett scored and junior Savanna Cingilli had CCS' last goal.
"There was a lot of holes our there and the girls were ready," Sneller said. "We were solid all over the field."
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...