University High Boys Soccer
UH Boys Soccer Wins District Title!
Dr. Bracken Burns
Ms. Ryann Williams
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UH Boys Soccer report:
Record: 13 wins. 2 losses. 3 ties.
UH won the regular season title and district tournament title for District 1A before falling to Gatlinburg-Pittman in the Regional Semi-Finals. The Bucs posted an impressive record with only two losses on the season. Of note the whole team, players and coaches were only together twice for the entire season (includes practices and games).
Notable statistics (in 18 games):
Goals: Andrew Jarvis 17
Bracken Burns 17
Pate Anglin 12
Patrick Willard 8
Assists: Bracken Burns 26
Pate Anglin 8
Andrew Jarvis 5
Braden Williams 4
George Holt 4
Goalkeeper Sam McGee had 69 saves on the season and 8 shoutouts including the District Tournament Final
District Honors (as voted by the District Coaches):
District Player of the Year: Bracken Burns
District Defensive Rookie of the Year: Sam McGee
District Coach of the Year: Dr. Bracken Burns
All District First Team Honors:
Bracken Burns (automatic based on All District Award)
All District Second Team Honors:
Sam McGee (automatic based on All District Award)
All Region Honors:
Coaches thoughts on the season:
In 15 years of coaching I have never had a team so unified as one. We worked together, played with a positive spirit, and achieved above our potential many times. The seniors graduating this program are very accomplished not just on the soccer field but in life and I wish them all the very best. Very proud to have been the coach of this team!
(Pictured: Coach Burns and son, Bracken Burns, after both won District honors)
UH Wins District Title! The following article was printed in the Johnson City Press:
University High wins District 1-A soccer title
May 13, 2021
University High soccer coach Bracken Burns couldn’t hide his excitement after the Bucs won the District 1-A tournament.
“It’s big,” Burns said Thursday night after his team beat Chuckey-Doak 5-0 at Civitan Park for the title. “We’ve got some kids that have been on this team for five years because they can start in eighth grade, and this is their first time we’ve won the district tournament. This is one we wanted. That’s a big accomplishment.”
Patrick Willard scored two goals in a four-minute span early in the second half as UH pulled away from a 2-0 halftime lead and won going away. Goalkeeper Sam McGee wasn’t called upon too often, but he saved everything Chuckey-Doak sent his way to ensure the shutout.
Viraj Brahmbhatt, Pate Anglin and the coach’s son Bracken Burns also scored for UH, which improved to 13-1-3 and will play host to District 2-A runner-up Gatlinburg-Pittman in Tuesday night’s Region 1-A semifinals at Civitan Park.
“We executed our game plan, which was very important to create the opportunities that we did,” Burns the coach said. “I think that’s really key. The boys brought the heart to the game and they followed the game plan. That’s what allowed us to come away with the win against a team that’s a very good opponent. We have a hard time with them every single time.”
Chuckey-Doak fell to 5-7-2 and will hit the road for the regional.
Brahmbatt opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 20th minute. That gave the UH the lead for good as the Bucs controlled the action for most of the night.
UH also had a shot bounce off the post and another scoring chance saved by Chuckey-Doak goalie Bryann Zapata.
Zapata came up with another big save on a shot by UH’s Braden Williams, but Anglin was at the doorstep to knock in the rebound and a 2-0 Bucs lead in the 31st minute.
Five minutes into the second half, Burns sent a corner into the penalty area and the ball wound up on the foot of Willard, who knocked it in for a 3-0 lead. Four minutes later, Willard scored again on a similar play after Burns’ corner created the chance.
Burns ended the scoring with a blast from 20 yards out. The shot curled into the upper right corner of the goal.
“I couldn’t be prouder as a dad and a coach of that lad,” the elder Burns said. “I’m going to be excited to be able to watch him play in college next year at Milligan.”
Opening the regional at home is important, especially against Gatlinburg-Pittman, the 2018-19 state runner-up and 2017-18 champion. Pittman lost in penalty kicks to Austin East on Thursday night for the District 2-A title.
“A regional game at home sounds really nice to me,” Burns said. “We’re excited about that. I’m really proud. We’ve got 10 seniors on this team and to do that for them is very special.”
End of Season for Soccer Team
The following article was printed in the Johnson City Press:
Rapalo’s hat trick puts G-P over UH
May 18, 2021
A season to remember for the University High boys soccer team came to an end Tuesday night at the hands of Gatlinburg-Pittman in the Region 1-A semifinals.
The Highlanders — behind a hat trick from all-state player Aldair Rapalo — took the match at Civitan Park, 3-1.
“(Rapalo) is an all-state player and a lot of the kids that played today started when we won the state title in 2018,” G-P coach Zack Schrandt said. “We were a young team then and they understand not being too high or too low in terms of confidence.
“We’re blessed with several exceptional players and a really solid team around them.”
G-P (16-2-2) advances to the regional final against nemesis Austin-East, which beat Chuckey-Doak in the other semifinal.
The Highlanders got off to a quick start as Rapalo netted his first goal on a corner kick in the fifth minute.
Schrandt remarked that he wanted his squad to assert themselves early with a quick pace, but the Buccaneers’ defense was holding strong.
“We’ve been fortunate enough over the last three years to win a lot of games and (UH) plays deeper than any team we ever see,” Schrandt said. “There were 11 guys behind the ball and half of the time, they’re within 30 yards of the goal.
“That’s what they had to do against us and I get it, but at the high school level, it’s hard to break that down.”
Out of the half and up by only a goal, G-P applied the pressure and it paid off.
Rapalo netted his second goal in the 44th minute.
His final tally came in the 70th minute off a beautiful header.
University High (13-2-3) got on the board late when Bracken Burns netted a breakaway goal in the 79th minute.
Bucs coach Bracken Burns knew Tuesday was going to be one of the tougher days on the pitch, but he’ll always have the lasting image of his son’s goal in the regional semifinal.
“This is very hard for me because this is my last game ever for me with my son,” Burns said. “He’s a tremendous player. He won district player of the year. He got that goal at the end and that’s something I’ll keep in my memory forever.”
If one term could describe the Bucs’ season, it is consistently inconsistent in terms of being together. According to Coach Burns, his team has been fully together only twice during the season.
For his squad to get as far as it did in the postseason is quite an achievement.
“This team has had a tremendous spirit through everything and they cheer for everyone else, no matter what,” Burns said. “We had 10 different seniors this year and they all scored at least one goal, which is a terrific accomplishment.
“We probably learned more about life than we did about soccer this year. I told them that if they loved this game, it will love you back.”
UH 7. South 0.
The Bucs defeated Sullivan South to end the regular season on Thursday night . Centerback Patrick Willard had two goals in the game. Senior Captain Bracken Burns had a goal and 4 assists while controlling the midfield. Pate Anglin had two goals one on a penalty kick in the first half. Tyler Barnes and Elijah Kaddish each had a goal. Andrew Jarvis had an assist. Goalkeeper Sam McGee had two saves and Sadiq Mohammed had a key save late to preserve the shoutout.
On the regular season the had 12 wins, 1 loss, and 3 ties. The following article was printed in the Johnson City Press:
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University High 7, Sullivan South 0
Centerback Patrick Willard and Pate Anglin produced two goals apiece while Bracken Burns had a goal to go with four assists as the Bucs (12-1-3) blanked Sullivan South.
Tyler Barnes and Elijah Kaddish each had a goal while Andrew Jarvis recorded an assist. Goalkeeper Sam McGee tallied two saves and Sadiq Mohammed made one late to preserve the shutout.
Congratulations to our High School Boys Soccer team!
UH 4. Chuckey-Doak 2.
The Bucs claimed the regular season district title on Tuesday night defeating Chuckey-Doak 4-2!
The Bucs fell behind late in the first half before Pate Anglin tied the score on a goal assisted by Wes Estes. The Bucs started the second half scoring 3 times in the first 4 minutes. Andrew Jarvis had two goals, one assisted by Pate Anglin. Bracken Burns had the other goal assisted by Andrew Jarvis. The Bucs held on for the win and will host the District Tournament Championship next Thursday.
The following article was printed in the Johnson City Press:
UH tops Chuckey-Doak to corral regular-season title
May 5, 2021
Andrew Jarvis scored two goals in the first 90 seconds of the second half and assisted on a goal two minutes later to lead University High to a 4-2 soccer victory over Chuckey-Doak on Tuesday at Winged Deer Park.
With the victory, University High (11-3-1, 3-1-0) clinched the District 1-A regular-season championship. The Bucs will host the District 1-A tournament final on Thursday, May 13.
Jarvis scored the first goal literally seconds into the second half as Pate Anglin placed the ball right in front of the net. His second goal a minute later was unassisted, coming as a result of his hard work to outhustle the Chuckey-Doak defense for possession of the ball.
He assisted on the Bucs’ final goal with a cross which Bracken Burns finished in the 44th minute.
“I had a rough first half and hadn’t played well,” Jarvis said. “I turned it on and got going in the second half. It feels good to win the regular-season title. Two years ago, they took it from us and it feels good to get it back.”
Chuckey-Doak (4-6-1, 1-3) got a goal from Ethan Grindstaff off an assist from Isaiah Treadway from a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute. UH responded as Anglin scored off an assist by Wes Estes in the 39th minute to even the score before intermission.
The Black Knights’ second half goal came in the 65th minute off an indirect free kick by Marco Rojas. Chuckey-Doak challenged more, but University High goalkeeper Sam McGee made a couple of athletic saves in the final 30 seconds of the match to preserve the two-goal margin.
McGee had five saves overall, while Anglin led University High with six shots. As a team, the Bucs held a 14-11 shot advantage.
UH 6. Unicoi 1.
UH celebrated senior night with a win against Unicoi at ETSU’s Summers-Taylor Stadium on Thursday night by a score of 6-1. All 6 goals for the Bucs were scored by Seniors. Andrew Jarvis had two goals. Pate Anglin, Bracken Burns, Matthew Powell, and Jack Ryan also each scored a goal. Bracken Burns also had 3 assists on the night. Freshmen Abel Pate and Braden Williams also both had an assist. Coach Burns said “This is a great group of seniors that are accomplished not just on the soccer field but also in the classroom. Very proud of this senior class!”
UH had an important away divisional win on Tuesday night vs Chuckey-Doak. After a scoreless first half, Senior Bracken Burns played a ball over the back line that Freshman Braden Williams chipped the keeper with for his first career Varsity goal. Will 11 seconds left Chuckey-Doak was awarded a penalty kick which struck the crossbar and was subsequently cleared by UH to end to end the game. Sophomore Sam McGee had the shutout in goal.
UH JV 1. Providence Academy JV 1.
The JV Bucs went up 1-0 by an early goal by George Holt assisted by Matthew Roberts. Providence tied the game in the second half and the game ended in a tie on Monday 4/26/21 at Winged Deer Park.
University High School Athletic News:
UH 3. Morristown Hamblen East 3.
The Bucs Varsity tied Morristown Hamblen East 3-3 on Thursday night. Pate Anglin scored on a penalty kick and also had an assist to Andrew Jarvis on a breakaway goal with 1 second left in the first half. Bracken Burns also scored for the Bucs on a cross from Braden Williams in the first half. Sam McGee had 5 saves, including saving a penalty kick.
UH JV 0. Morristown Hamblen East 1.
The Bucs JV suffered their first defeat of the season 1-0 to Morristown Hamblen East. Sadiq Mohammad had 2 saves in the game.
UH 7. Volunteer 0.
UH defeated Volunteer 7-0 on Friday Night. Senior Andrew Jarvis had 4 goals. Eighth grade phenom George Holt had 3 assists. Junior Trey Meredith recorded his second varsity goal of the season. Senior Pate Anglin scored a goal and had an assist. Senior Bracken Burns also added a goal. Junior Ryan Barnes had an assist as well. The shutout was obtained by the combination of Sam McGee and Sadiq Mohammed in goal. Impressively McGee also had an assist in the game.
Soccer Team Updates
UH 1. Elizabethton 1.
On 4/16/21 UH Varsity tied Elizabethton 1-1. The Bucs were behind at halftime 1-0 but battled back to tie the game 1-1 in the second half. Senior Tyler Barnes scored off a corner kick by Bracken Burns.
UH JV 1. Elizabethton JV 0.
Following the Varsity game on 4/16 the JV team defeated Elizabethton JV 1-0. Freshman Matthew Roberts scored in the first minute as the Bucs went on to win 1-0. Sadiq Mohammed recorded the shutout in goal. Elijah Kadish had the assist on the goal.
UH 1. Providence Academy 1.
The Bucs tied Providence Academy 1-1 on 4/20/21. Away at Providence the Bucs scored off a shot by Alex Powell that was deflected into the goal by a Providence player. In the second half Providence scored to make it 1-1 which was the final score. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam McGee had some key saves in the game. The Bucs are now 7-1-2 on the season.
UH 8. Cherokee 1.
UH defeated Cherokee by a score of 8-1 Thursday night.
The Bucs were led by senior captain Bracken Burns who had one goal and five assists.
Pate Anglin, Andrew Jarvis, Abel Pate, Patrick Willard, Jack Ryan, Trey Meredith and Wes Estes scored for UH.
George Holt had an assist for UH.
Cherokee’s goal came from a breakaway by Nathaniel Littleton in the second half.
The following article was printed in the Johnson City Press:
High school roundup:: UH lands in record book with 37-run outburst
Apr 13, 2021
University High 4
West Greene 0
UH avenged its only loss of the season.
The Bucs (6-1) were led by senior captains Pate Anglin (2 goals, assist) and Bracken Burns (goal, 2 assists). Patrick Willard also scored for the Bucs and Ryan Barnes had an assist. Goalkeeper Sam McGee had a shutout behind a solid defensive performance.
Head coach Bracken Burns said, “This was a total team performance, and I am very proud of the way the team responded in this game.”
West Greene 0. UH 4.
UH Varsity avenged the only loss of the season so far by defeating divisional opponent
West Greene by a score of 4-0.
The Bucs were led by senior captains Pate Anglin and Bracken Burns. Anglin had two goals and an assist, while Burns had a goal and two assists. Senior Patrick Willard also scored for the Bucs and junior Ryan Barnes had an assist. Goalkeeper Sam McGee had a shutout behind a solid defensive performance. Coach Burns said, “This was a total team performance and I am very proud of the way the team responded in this game.”
Soccer News and Announcements
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On 3/30/21 UH lost its first game of the season and division opener to West Greene. The score was 0-0 at half but 3 goals in 5 minutes led to a final of West Greene 3 and UH 0. Goalkeeper Sam McGee had 12 saves in the game.
University High Varsity beat Tennessee High on Thursday 4/8 by a score of 3-1. After a scoreless first half senior Patrick Willard scored off a corner kick by Bracken Burns. Burns also assisted senior Viraj Brahmbhatt on his first UH goal. Sophomore Alex Powell had a great shot from distance to finish the scoring for UH.
University High JV also defeated Tennessee High JV on 4/8 by a score of 3-0. The Bucs were led by two goals by Ander Blowers and the defensive leadership of Tyler Barnes. Barnes also assisted on one of Blowers goals. UH also witnessed a breakout performance by 8th grader George Holt. Holt scored his first career goal for UH and also assisted on the other goal by Blowers.
High School Boys Soccer Team News - 3/26/21 Game Report
UH 5. Providence Academy 1.
Senior Captain Bracken Burns scored a hat trick and Senior Andrew Jarvis had 2 goals and an assist to lead the Bucs on Friday night. Senior Captain Pate Anglin also had an assist. The Bucs were up 2-0 at halftime and went on to win 5-1.
UH JV 2. Providence Academy JV 1.
Goals by Tyler Barnes and Jacob Winfield helped the Bucs defeated Providence JV following
the Varsity game. Trey Meredith had the assist on the goal by Barnes.
The following article was printed in the Johnson City Press:
High school roundup: Lady Trailblazers subdue Sullivan East
Mar 26, 2021
University High 5, Providence Academy 1
Getting a hat trick from captain Bracken Burns plus a one-goal, two-assist contribution
from Andrew Jarvis, the Buccaneers got the job done at Winged Deer Park.
Pate Anglin added an assist as UH upped its record to 4-0.
The Knights’ goal was courtesy of Jacob Reese, who was assisted by Chris Miller.
3/23 Game Report
Go Bucs, Go!
UH 2. Elizabethton 0.
UH put on a strong defensive performance away at Elizabethton on 3/23/21. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam McGee had 7 saves and the team defended 10 corner kicks successfully in the game. The Bucs were ahead 1-0 at halftime after a goal by Senior Captain Bracken Burns. Senior Captain Pate Anglin assisted on the goal. Burns score the games only other goal in the second half and was assisted by Freshman Braden Williams.
UH 0. Elizabethton 0.
Following the Varsity game the UH JV made their debut in a 0-0 tie. Sophomore goalkeeper Sadiq Mohammed made a key save for UH. Sophomore Elijah Kadish has two quality shots on goal. The defensive line was led by Sophomore Alex Powell
University High won their season home opener Thursday night at Winged Deer Park. University High defeated Sullivan South by a score of 6-1.
This marked the first victory for the Bucs against South since the 2016 season. Senior
Andrew Jarvis lead the scoring with 4 goals and 2 assists. Senior Captain Bracken
Burns had 2 goals and 3 assists while Senior Captain Pate Anglin had the other assist.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sam McGee had 5 saves on the night.
UH started the season with a win away at Unicoi on 3/16/21 by a score of 6-0. The Bucs were led by the midfield play of senior captain Bracken Burns. Burns had a goal and 3 assists on the night. Senior captain Pate Anglin scored 2 goals and assisted on Burns’ goal. Seniors Andrew Jarvis, Patrick Willard and Ander Blowers also had goals. Sophomore Elijah Kadish had the assist on one of Anglin’s goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam McGee and the defense turned in a shutout performance on defense.