Cumberland County soccer’s historic run came to a close on the state’s biggest stage Tuesday, as the Jets were defeated 7-0 by Sevier County in the Class AA state soccer tournament in Murfreesboro.
With 2019 comes a plethora of firsts for Cumberland County High School soccer.
“This is a historic team,” said CCHS coach Cub Whitson. “They turned the corner and finally learned how to win, and make winning a habit. These guys were able to figure out how to take it to that next level, and that’s what got us here.”
Cumberland County finished the season with a 16-6 overall record, the new record for most wins in a season in Jet soccer history. This season was also Cumberland County’s first time making the district championship, winning the district championship, making the region tournament and championship, making the substate and finally making the state tournament.
The Jets won District 6AA by defeating Stone Memorial in the tournament semifinals and Livingston Academy in the championship game.
CCHS finished second in Region 3AA by defeating Kingston in the semifinals and falling to Loudon in the region championship.
Following the region championship, the Jets qualified for their first-ever state tournament by defeating East Hamilton in a down-to-the-wire Class AA sectional game.
Along with the team accomplishments, sophomore Drew Davidson added his name to the CCHS record book for goals in a season, recording 33.
“We had moments,” Whitson said on Tuesday’s game. “We had great individual moments. Against them, we’d take one step forward and two steps back. They (Sevier County) are a great team. If they’re not playing on Friday night, I’ll be surprised.”
Sevier County posted four goals in the first half and three in the second to win 7-0.
The Smoky Bears will play for the Class AA championship on Friday after defeating Dyersburg on Wednesday.
Nine Jet varsity seniors played their final game in a Jet uniform at the state tournament: John Hitch, Nick Davidson, Johnathan Ford, Erik Berrera, Zach Reid, Jose Castañeda, Nick Shenesky, Elijah Tollett and Mason Hall.
“This right here; we’re in Murfreesboro today,” Whitson said of the legacy his seniors left. “It’s phenomenal. We’re very senior-heavy. Every senior contributed one way or another and they are all great leaders. They’re not just leaving a winning legacy, but one of fundamental, great soccer.”