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Broncos get quick start, oust Titans

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

SNELLVILLE -- It didn't take the Brookwood boys long to declare their intentions Wednesday night.

The Broncos got a goal in the first minute of play to set the tone against Northview and went on to post a physical 3-1 victory in the first round of the Class AAAAA soccer playoffs at Brookwood Community Stadium.

Junior Trevor Mooney took a pass from Brahan Gamarra and put it in the corner of the net to give the Broncos a quick lead that they never relinquished. It was a designed play, something that coach Danny Klinect believed would work based on advanced scouting reports.

"It was good to get up on them early," Mooney said. "We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game and we fought a good battle. I'm glad we got the win."

Brookwood (15-4) advances to the second round to play the winner of today's game between North Gwinnett and Lassiter.

The Broncos extended their lead to 2-0 in the 68th minute when Chris Peterson fed Scott Eidson, who beat Northview keeper Matt Petrillo, who claimed interference with such vehemence that he received a yellow card and was removed from the game and replaced by Zach Wiggington.

Northview made it interesting 13 minutes later when Jordan Greenburg made a nice pass to Steve Marion, who placed his shot over the top of Brookwood keeper Matt Mayer to cut the lead to 2-1. It was the only ball that Mayer failed to get to all night; minutes later he robbed Jeff Degen and Kyle Rice on back-to-back attempts.

Brookwood then put it away with a goal in the 71st minute on a goal by Adrian Alabi, his 12th of the season, off a throw-in from Landry Some. The score iced the game at 3-1 and ended the season for the Titans, last year's Class AAAAA runner-up.

"I'm glad we won, but I'm not happy by the lack of killer instinct," Klinect said. "We've got to be able to keep putting pressure on them."

But that was the only thing that Klinect could quibble about, other than a few open looks that got wasted. Brookwood could have had two or three other goals, some that went wide and others that were simply denials by the Northview keepers.

The win kept the hopes alive for the Broncos, a selfless team that has bought into Klinect's team-first philosophy.

"I've been coaching for 16 years and this may be my favorite team," he said. "We don't have a lot of individual stars, but they play hard and they play together. They see where it has taken us."

Because Brookwood was a No. 2 seed, there's no guarantee that the Broncos will have another opportunity to play at home. So when the contest was over, the players went to the stands and applauded their fans for attending the game.