They last played two weeks ago during the regular season, and Oak Ridge and Maryville will play again tonight (Tuesday, May 17) in a Region 2-AAA semifinal.
The game starts at 7 p.m. at Oak Ridge High School.
The Rebels beat the Wildcats 4-1 in a regular-season game on Tuesday, May 3.
But it was a tale of two halves, and Oak Ridge (13-7) won the second half, Wildcats Coach Jeff Trombly said. Maryville (13-5-2) picked up all its scoring, all four goals, in the first half. They were scoreless in the second, when the Wildcats scored one.
“The score was not as lopsided as it looks,” Maryville Coach Steve Feather said.
He said Maryville finished its chances and caught a few breaks, and goalkeeper Ben Smith had some good saves.
Trombly said Maryville is a state-level team, probably in the top five in Tennessee.
The Rebels lost to Bearden in the District 4-AAA championship on Saturday. As the District 4 runner-up, they travel to Oak Ridge, which won the District 3-AAA championship on Friday against Halls, to play in tonight’s Region 2 semifinal, which starts at 7 p.m.
Halls, the District 3 runner-up, traveled to Bearden on Monday in another Region 2 semifinal, and the Bulldogs beat the Red Devils 10-0.
Wildcats senior goalkeeper Joel Turner was still out with a concussion during the Oak Ridge-Maryville game, and sophomore goalkeeper Austyn Lincoln filled in. Lincoln has grown with each game, Trombly said.
Maryville picked up quick goals in the 15th and 17th minutes, the first on a penalty kick, and again in the 36th and 37th minutes. Scoring was provided by juniors Jason Phillips, Tyler Raymond, Matthew Campbell, and Chris Fernandez.
The Wildcats’ lone goal came in the 65th minute on a penalty kick by senior defender Blake Clowers.
The two teams were relatively closely matched on shots, with 15 for Maryville and 11 for Oak Ridge. But the Wildcats had 14 corner kicks, compared to five for the Rebels.
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