Eagles lose Championship 1-0 to Cookeville
Cookeville, TN — The Rhea County Eagles look to win over Blackman on Saturday, as they are the hurdle to overcome in quest for State Tournament berth. The Rhea County Eagles Soccer team dropped a 1-0 loss to Cookeville on Thursday night to give Cookeville the Region Championship. Last week the Eagles dropped the District Championship to Cookeville 1-0.
Eagles began slowly and found themselves down 2-0 late in first half with Jackson Bilbrey and Andrew Gothard scoring for Cookeville, before Carson Ruehling put the Eagles on the board to cut the lead to 2-1 at the half.
The Eagles showed more life and intensity in the second half but could not dent the net for a tying goal. There was a late apparent goal that was called a “hand ball”. Deflating moment for the Eagles as the call came after the Eagles had already celebrated a fantastic goal by Zion Goins. No instant replay available and Eagles had to cinch it up put the disappointment behind them and try for the second goal. They did get one chance but came up short and Cookeville ended up with their third win in a row over Rhea County. Each and every one has been heartbreaking for the Eagles. With the loss the Eagles record falls to 16-2 against teams not named Cookeville and 17-5 overall. Eagles lost to Fairview in the Alabama trip in April and to Warren County 3-2.
No time for reflecting as the Eagles went back to practicing for their next game. A trip to Middle Tennessee to play Blackman High School, who won over Columbia Central on Thursday to night to gain a home game against the Eagles as they are Region champions.
Blackman will be a tough task for the Eagles. They are very good defensive team and behind that defense is goalkeeper Colin Dunkley. The Blaze broke open a close game against Columbia Central in second half on the way to their 6-2 win. Blackman is on a roll of late with 22 goals in their last five games after scoring 13 goals in their first seven games. Blackman probably would have preferred a Cookeville loss so they could get a crack at the Cavaliers as Cookeville ended Blackman’s season the last two years in the sectionals. Cookeville won those games 1-3(2017) and 2-0(2016).
Eagles and Blaze share a common opponent, Warren County. Blackman won 3-1 this year against Warren and Eagles own 3-2 and 2-0 wins. Add in the comparative scores against Cookeville the last two years, it would seem Eagles are definitely ready to compete with Blaze. Game will be at Siegel Park Championship Field(the stadium) located at 515 Cherry LN Drive in Mufreesboro.. This stadium is north or Mufreesboro off Highway 231. Click on link above for map. Game time is 6 pm EST. Team will meet at High School for lunch and film review before leaving for Mufreesboro at 1:30 pm.
In the future could there be a Cookeville vs Rhea County # 4. Would be great, since that would be at State.