East Hamilton Claims Region Crown

Hurricanes' Earn Three-Peat in 3-A/AA

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - by Jaime Barrett

Last week, the East Hamilton boys’ soccer team clinched its third consecutive district title.

Now the Hurricanes have extended their dominance in the region as well.

With a convincing 4-0 victory over East Ridge on Thursday in the Region 3 championship match, coach John Millard’s team earned its second three-peat in as many weeks, and will host a Class A/AA state sectional on Saturday against the loser of Thursday’s Region 4 final between Notre Dame and Chattanooga Christian.

The Hurricanes defeated East Ridge 1-0 a week ago in the District 6 final, but Millard said the difference this week was that his players were able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities.

“Even in that last game, we had several chances in the first half, we just didn’t finish,” he said. “The difference today was that we had some guys get some looks and finish them. Sometimes you’re finishing well, which makes life a lot easier, and sometimes you’re not, which makes life a little tougher.”

East Hamilton got on the board with a goal from Jalen Goddard about 20 minutes into the region final, and the 1-0 lead held until Jose Orellana followed a shot into the net 10 minutes into the second period. Cam Carter added a third goal for the Hurricanes, and Casey Hardison capped off the scoring when he followed his own shot with five minutes remaining in the match.

Keeper Fielder Dennis and the East Hamilton defense continued their impressive run of shutouts, with Thursday marking the 11th consecutive match in which Hurricanes’ opponents have been unable to score a goal. East Hamilton hasn’t given up a score since its 2-1 regular-season meeting with East Ridge on April 13.

“We have a great keeper and great backs, and we defend well as a team from the forwards on back to Fielder,” Millard said. “That’s one thing we’ve talked about. Sometimes you’re going to have five great opportunities and finish every single one of them. Sometimes you could have the same five opportunities and not finish any of them, but if you’re solid defensively, you always have the opportunity to shut teams out. The guys have really bought into that and done a good job with it.”

East Ridge (13-3-2) struggled to get its offense going against that tough defense on Thursday, as the Pioneers lost their third match of the year against the Hurricanes.

“It just wasn’t our day,” East Ridge coach Jeremy McIntyre said. “I thought we started out well, but that first goal maybe took the air out of us a little bit. In the first half, we were in it. We had some chances, but their defense is solid and we just couldn’t get around them. I just told the guys to let this loss be a lesson. Hopefully it will motivate us to play even harder on Saturday.”

The Pioneers will travel to face the winner of Thursday’s region final between CCS and Notre Dame for Saturday’s state sectional, while East Hamilton (18-1-2) will host the loser of that match. Saturday’s winners advance to next week’s state tournament in Murfreesboro, and after a disappointing home loss in the sectionals last year, the Hurricanes are hoping for a different outcome this time.

“We don’t talk about last year a whole lot, but I know they set the goal at the beginning of the season that this is where they wanted to be,” Millard said. “They want the opportunity to be back in that substate game, so they’re excited and I’m excited for them. At this point, it’s just a matter of are you healthy, and are you playing well. We’re getting healthier and we’re playing pretty well, so hopefully we’ll play well again on Saturday and get back to Spring Fling.”

 (E-mail Jaime Barrett at jaimenbarrett@gmail.com)


No.13 UTC Prepares for No.9 Jax State

“The Jacksonville State defensive front four is as good or better than Central Michigan’s.”   -- UTC offensive coordinator Jeff Durden. It’s “Whiteout Saturday” at Finley Stadium as Chattanooga hosts its oldest rival in Jacksonville (Ala.) State in a battle of two top 15 nationally ranked FCS teams. Both teams – No.9 Jax ... (click for more)

UTC is No.13 in This Week's Football Poll

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team moved up a spot in the national polls, despite dropping a tough 20-16 battle at Central Michigan last week.  The Mocs are No. 13 in the Sports Network Top-25 and No. 15 in the FCS Coaches Poll this week.  The No. 13 national mark ties the highest ranking for UTC in the Russ Huesman era (since ... (click for more)

Greg Beck Asking County Commission Chairmanship; Others Seeking Post Behind The Scenes

Long time County Commissioner Greg Beck is seeking the chairmanship of the Hamilton County Commission, he said. Several other commissioners are working behind the scenes to try to get the top commission post. The job opened up after the unexpected defeat of Commission Chairman Fred Skillern in the August primary election. Larry Henry, who has held the chairmanship several ... (click for more)

1 Dies, 4 Injured In 2-Vehicle Crash At Soddy Daisy

One person has died in a wreck Sunday at Soddy Daisy in which four other people were injured. The wreck happened at 12:35 p.m. when a vehicle traveling north struck another vehicle that was pulling onto the highway. A small red truck was badly damaged in the crash. It happened at 12130 Dayton Pike near Tavern Sports Bar and Grille. One person was airlifted, while the ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)