The sun sets on another soccer season in Monroe County.
Sequoyah, under new head coach Brian Storey, made its fourth consecutive appearance in the region tournament while Sweetwater navigated one of the more even Class A districts to a semifinal finish, taking district champion Loudon to the brink.
A position change into his senior season did not slow down
Brackett scored the winning goal in the annual Sequoyah-Sweetwater clash — a tap-in squared by Jonathan Cano with less than 10 minutes to play.
Cano missed a few games in the middle of the season with an injury, showing how his presence turned Sweetwater into a different kind of team.
Avila added another goal to his list in his team’s emphatic rout of Chattanooga Central in the District 7-AA Semifinal.
He scored in Sequoyah’s 5-0 win over Chattanooga Central to lock up the second seed in the league before notching four goals in 45 minutes in the semifinal against the Purple Pounders.
A District 4-A Defensive Player of the Year nominee, Hicks added one goal on the season as a reward for his work rate.
Totaling 100 saves on the season,
The younger brother of the 2021 Player of the Year,
Palacios’ presence throughout the season and into the postseason mark reasons the Chiefs program was able to work themselves into the final 32 teams of Class AA.
Only in his second season,
The sophomore scored one goal and earned an assist while also playing nearly 400 minutes in the goal. While in net, Torres totaled 55 saves, including a record 23 saves against Bradley Central. He averaged 3.4 saves per game.
Pairing with Brackett as a defensive midfielder,
Showing maturity on the field and positional discipline, Pippin started all varsity games for the Wildcats.