Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SNELLVILLE - Sixth-ranked Brookwood opened the boys soccer state playoffs with a 1-0 home win over a tough Northview team Tuesday night.
The Broncos move on to face Region 7-AAAAA's top seed, eighth-ranked Peachtree Ridge, on the road next Tuesday.
"We were very fortunate to beat a quality team," Brookwood head coach Danny Klinect said.
The Broncos (14-4) controlled the tempo early but came up empty on several scoring opportunities. The Titans' first scoring chance came on a free kick by Jarrod Nesser in the eighth minute but Brookwood goalkeeper Jamie Deal made the stop.
Northview took control of the momentum midway through the first half, putting extreme pressure on the solid Bronco defense.
Klinect was very happy with his team's defensive effort.
"Our strength is our defense," he said. "If we play sound defense then we will be in good shape. We forced them to take long shots and we had a lot of legs in there blocking shots."
The stout defense of the Broncos in front of Deal only warranted two actual shots on goal for the Titans the entire game. The style of play by Brookwood forced Northview to go side to side instead of attacking the goal.
The only goal of the game came in the 31st minute when Trevor Watson hit John Yang with a beautiful pass from the right side and Yang buried it in the top right corner.
The goal stood despite numerous chances by the Titans in the second half. Titan goalie Carter Rhoad also kept his team alive with several spectacular saves in the second half, including a potential second goal by Yang on a header that looked to be a sure thing.