Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Dacula's Joey Efford, right, beats Brookwood's Landry Some (14) to the ball on Tuesday.
DACULA -- Brookwood's defense was able to do something in Tuesday's game that few teams have been able to accomplish the last few years.
The Broncos held Dacula's Ado Junuzovic, the county's all-time leading goal scorer in boys soccer, without a goal.
The result was a 3-0 win over the Falcons in a key Area 8-AAAAA game.
"Defense is the strength of our team," Brookwood coach Danny Klinect said.
It's first time Dacula has lost an area game since 2009 and it puts the Falcons in a tie for second with Brookwood in Area 8. The Falcons will need a win over area unbeaten Berkmar to have a shot to defend its Area 8-AAAAA title.
"We've got to score some goals," Dacula coach Michael Burrell said. "We have a pretty good offense, it just sputtered tonight."
The game was scoreless until the final 15 minutes.
Dacula was called for a handball as it tried to stop a shot and was given a red card. That set up Hares Husseini's penalty kick score.
Brookwood got another PK less than a minute later when Dacula goalkeeper James Fukartas was called for a yellow card. Fukartas made a diving save, one of his five stops, to prevent the score.
"Two penalty kicks in 45 seconds is unreal," Burrell said.
Dacula had six yellow cards and two red cards in the game, while Brookwood only had two yellow.
Brookwood added a second goal in the 74th minute Kelson Brunelle scored on an assist from Adrian Alabi.
Junuzovic left the game in the 77th minute with a red card and Dacula played the final minutes with nine players. That allowed Brookwood to add a goal by Chris Peterson off an assist from Cameron Grassmyer.
"It's a huge win, we knew we had to win," Klinect said. "Ideally, I told them before the game we needed to win 3-0 because of the tiebreaker with Berkmar."
Brookwood gave itself a chance to win by shutting down Junuzovic for most of the game. The senior, who has more than 90 career goals, had very few looks at the goal.
He had a free kick from 35 yards out sail over the goal and his tap across the goal just missed the right upright. The only real shot was a header early in the second half.
"Shutting down a player like him is a testament to our defense," Klinect said.
Colin Hanley was given the task of spotting Junuzovic, while Grassmyer, Chris Lewis, Landry Some, Husseini and goalkeeper Matt Meyer played great defense.
"After they beat us last year 3-2 at our place, we had a little motivation to win this game," Klinect said.
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