Staff Photo: John Bohn Brookwood's Kelson Brunelle (6) scores a goal during the first half against Newnan during a second round state playoff boys soccer game played Tuesday. Brookwood defeated Newnan 4-1.
SNELLVILLE --By most Broncos' estimation, there were some goals left on the soccer field Tuesday night.
But enough of fourth-ranked Brookwood's shots found the net for a comfortable 4-1 win over Newnan in the second round of the Class AAAAA playoffs. The hosts put 17 shots on goal -- 12 were saved and one hit the post -- but they squandered plenty of close-range opportunities.
"A lot of us could have had some more goals," said Brookwood senior Trevor Mooney, who scored twice to push his season total to 20. "It should have been seven or eight (goals). But we won, that's all that matters."
The Broncos (16-3), who now host Lassiter in Friday's quarterfinals, struck early with a goal less than three minutes into the match and two in the first 10 minutes. They led 3-0 at halftime and went up 4-0 just 2:21 into the second half.
From that point, Brookwood head coach Danny Klinect began playing everyone on his bench, including both goalkeepers. Newnan put just three shots on goal, but snuck in a goal in the 69th minute against a reserve-heavy Bronco lineup.
Outside of that shot, the Brookwood defense of Cameron Grassmyer, Bryson Dorsey and Alan Barikos kept Newnan from pressuring the net. It helped that the Broncos, winners of 14 of their last 15, dominated possession, too.
"We missed too many chances," Klinect said. "We had a lot of breakaways that we didn't score on, we hit the post. ... But I'm proud of the boys. Whenever you make the quarterfinals and represent Gwinnett County it's a good thing. When the boys are on, I like our chances against whoever we play."
Brookwood took charge early with a quick goal from a pair of defenders, as Dorsey's long throw-in set up a Grassmyer header just 2:42 into the match. Just over six minutes later, Adrian Alabi rocketed a shot off Newnan goalkeeper Patrick McAlpin and Mooney cleaned up the rebound for the 2-0 lead.
Kelson Brunelle scored his 10th goal of the season just before halftime with a brilliant run, whipping a defender along the right wing, cutting to the center and placing a nice shot for the Broncos' third goal.
Mooney scored the Region 8-AAAAA champions' last goal moments into the second half off an assist from Benaiah Shaw.
"We definitely controlled possession," Mooney said.
Brookwood's only loss in its last 15 matches came on April 17, a tough loss to East Coweta on penalty kicks. The next step is a matchup with Lassiter, which beat the Broncos 3-0 in last year's playoffs.