GPS wins state soccer title, 3-2

GPS wins state soccer title, 3-2

October 26th, 2018 by Staff Report in Sports - Preps

Girls Preparatory School edged Father Ryan 3-2 on Friday for the Bruisers' first soccer championship in four years.

That was in the Division II-AA final in Murfreesboro, but in the Division II-A title match Chattanooga Christian was relegated to runner-up after a 120-minute 0-0 draw with Christ Presbyterian. CPA (17-0-1) prevailed 3-2 on penalty kicks after the overtimes.

Lucy Sandhoff made nine saves for CCS (18-3-2), which was outshot 25-13 — 9-4 in shots on goal.

In the II-AA game, Ashley Grant, Sydney Morris and Lane Lawrence scored goals and Morris and Kennedy Ball had assists for GPS (15-1-3), which outshot Father Ryan (13-5-1) 20-15 with a narrow 9-8 edge in attempts on goal.

Bradie West scored both goals from Lily Rummo assists for the Irish, including one just 3:43 into the match. Grant one-timed a Morris pass for the equalizer at 38:39, and Morris converted Ball's assist at 52:41. After West tied the score at 73:55, Lawrence hit the winner at 75:51 — a free kick that bounced off a defender into the net.

GPS defeated Father Ryan 2-1 at home in the regular season. The Bruisers last won the state in 2014, Patrick Winecoff's first year as their coach.

"I'm incredibly proud of the girls," Winecoff said Friday night. "No matter what happened tonight, this has been a phenomenal season, and that's a testament to our senior girls."

With only five seniors and three juniors, GPS set program bests for season record, goals scored and fewest goals allowed, Winecoff pointed out.

CCS coach Cal Sneller praised his Lady Chargers defense in particular.

"Lucy Sandhoff in goal made a few huge saves. Kate Dirkse shut down many one-on-one attacks, showing why she is one of the top defenders in the state," Sneller said. "Ellie Montgomery and Bayli Webb defended extremely well on the outside."