Perfect is Webb soccer as state No. 1

MURFREESBORO — It may be a tired phrase to some, but saying “you try to go 1-0 in every match that you play” helped Webb School of Knoxville capture the Division II-A boys soccer state crown with a perfect 20-0-0 season record.

That’s according to Spartans head coach Jared Ziegler, whose team edged Franklin Grace Christian 1-0 in the state title showdown at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex Thursday evening, May 27.

“Our focus throughout most of the year was not looking ahead on the schedule ... just focusing on the match that’s right in front of you,” Ziegler said.

A penalty kick goal from Ben Pensky in the 17th minute proved to be enough for Ziegler’s boys against FCG (20-2-1).

“We have a lot of talent, there’s no doubt about that, but you don’t win on talent alone,” the Webb coach said. “This group worked really hard all season. ... Not just in these last four months, but the years previous to this at Webb School and through the club teams they’re a part of.

“It’s not an accident that we’re playing in meaningful post-season games,” he added.

Spartans goalkeeper JP Quigly had three saves. Webb outshot FGC 20-13.