By John Lachmann
Brossart won its state quarterfinal and semifinal matches at the All ‘A’ Classic on Saturday, giving the Mustangs a shot at their first title in this tournament since 2005.
Brossart beat Oneida Baptist, 7-0 in its quarterfinals match and topped Paintsville, 2-1 to advance to the championship.
In the semifinal, senior midfielder Eli Nienaber put the Mustangs on the board on a penalty kick following a foul in the box 25 minutes into the match.
Brossart extended the lead with 15 minutes remaining in the second half on a goal by sophomore forward Joey Hickman.
Senior midfielder Mitchell Parnell picked up an assist by saving the ball from going out of bounds then threading a centering a pass to Hickman in front of the Paintsville net.
The Tigers cut the lead to one with five minutes remaining but the Mustangs held on.
Parnell scored twice in the quarterfinal match, and senior forward Jake Jennings added a goal and a helper as Brossart extended its winning streak to eight matches.
The Mustangs will play Kentucky Country Day in the final at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
HALFTIME: 5-0. GOALS: B—Parnell 2, Berkemeyer, Nienaber, Miller, Jennings, Goller. SHUTOUT: Erickson and Paulin (2 saves). RECORDS: Brossart 12-1, Oneida Baptist 3-6-2.
HALFTIME: Brossart, 1-0. GOALS: B—Nienaber, Hickman. P—Bradley. RECORDS: Brossart 13-1, Paintsville 12-2-1.
RYLE 2, EAST CENTRAL (Ind.) 1 – Senior midfielder Cray McCarthy scored the decisive goal with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.
McCarthy took a centering feed from the right side of the field from junior midfielder Sulieman Kayed and left-footed it into the back corner of the net, giving the Raiders the lead for good.
Kayed opened the scoring for Ryle, but East Central tied it seven minutes later.
HALFTIME: 2-1. GOALS: R—Kayed, McCarthy. EC—Bruns. RECORDS: Ryle 9-4-2, East Central 10-5-1.
COOPER 3, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 1 – Junior strikers Chris O’Brien and Zane Ross finished with a goal and an assist each to key the Jaguars’ win.
Sophomore midfielder Domonic Carty gave Cooper the lead 10 minutes in, and O’Brien extended to two before halftime.
Ross made it 3-0 in the second half before the Cougars netted their lone goal.
HALFTIME: 2-0. GOALS: C—Carty, O’Brien, Ross. CC—Leichter. RECORDS: Cooper 6-10-1, Calvary Christian 5-5-1.
COVINGTON CATHOLIC 2, CINCINNATI SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY 2 – Sophomore Brice Day and senior Dan Chal recorded the Colonels’ goals.
HALFTIME: CovCath, 1-0. GOALS: CC—Day, Chal. SCD—Garcia-Mendez, Chapman. RECORDS: CovCath 6-6-2, Summit Country Day 7-2-3.