PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jackson Boonstra, Lipscomb Acad., Sr., F: The Division I prospect had 17 goals and seven assists for the Class A/AA semifinalist.
Blake Chidester, Brentwood, Sr. F: The Division III prospect led the Class AAA champion with 20 goals and had five assists.
Matt Churitch, Brentwood Sr., GK: The 6-foot-3 Clemson signee posted 11 shutouts, and allowed a total of two goals -- both own goals -- in three state tournament games.
Dalton Ponchillia, FRA, Sr., GK: He had seven shutouts, a 0.95 goals against average and 73 saves for the Division II-A runner-up.
Austin Thomas, White House, Sr., MF: The District 10-A/AA MVP had 12 goals and 14 assists for the state semifinalist.
Nearing a milestone: Brentwood coach Mike Purcell will try for his 200th career win in the Bruins' opener against White House on Thursday. He is is 199-24-16 in 10 seasons. Brentwood returns six starters from last year's Class AAA champion that ranked fourth nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association poll. The Bruins have won eight of the last 10 District 11-AAA regular-season titles.
FRA optimistic: Knoxville Webb beat Franklin Road Academy 3-2 in the Division II-A championship, but Panthers coach Ken McDonald is optimistic that his team may make another deep run. FRA returns nine starters, including one of the state's top goalkeepers in Ponchillia. Defender T.J. Norris solidifies the back line. Forward Pawel Sripongtanakul (10 goals, three assists), an exchange student from Thailand, is recovering from a knee injury.
Everybody's back: White House returns all 11 starters from the 18-4-4 team that made it to the Class A/AA semifinals. Union signee Austin Young forms a strong combination with Thomas in the midfield. Sloan Dailey anchors an all-junior back line that paved the way for 13 shutouts. Matthew Howard, a three-year starter, is back in goal.