Going into last Friday night’s District 12-AA championship match, the budding rivalry between Sycamore and Fairview has been pretty one-sided.
Two weeks before this year’s tournament championship game, Fairview shut out Sycamore. Fairview also shut out Sycamore in the 2018 district title match.
But the tide finally turned in Sycamore’s favor at the most opportune time.
A hard-nosed defensive effort and two timely goals helped the War Eagles rally to upset Fairview on a rainy night at Page High School to win the district title, 2-1, giving Sycamore its first boys district soccer championship since 2005.
The win gives Sycamore homefield advantage for its regional semifinal against Central Magnet.
“This win means the world to us, words can’t describe what we’re feeling right now,” Sycamore coach Taylor McCollough said. “Our fast break won it for us, it put pressure on their back line and we got the big goals when we needed it.”
The Yellow Jackets scored first in the eighth minute with a shot that sneaked past Sycamore keeper Eli Pallares.
In the 26th minute, Sycamore midfielder Micah Webb made a run down the left side and cut inside for a clear shot on goal. The Yellow Jacket keeper got a hand on the shot, but not enough as the ball bounced past him and into the back of the net to tie the match at 1-1.
In the second half, Sycamore forward Landon Gleaves made a run down the left side past the Fairview defense and snuck a shot past the keeper to give the War Eagles a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute.
“I remember thinking after the goal, ‘This is it,’ ” Gleaves said. “With the way our defense was playing all night, I didn’t think they were going to get past us.”
Central Magnet knocked off Sycamore in last year’s regional semifinals.
Sycamore 6, Cheatham County 2
Cheatham County’s season ended with a loss to Sycamore in the district tournament.
Charlie Martin scored two goals for the Cubs, one on a header. Both assists came from Bryan Ham, including one on a corner kick. Martin and Ham were selected to the All-District team.
“We had a very good game but just could not stop their attack,” Cheatham County coach Mike Burke said. “The team made a lot of improvements but still need a lot more work on skills.”
Sycamore 3, Kenwood 0
Antonio Rodriguez scored two goals and Evan Wayman added a goal as the War Eagles advanced to the district tournament championship game.