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Lady Ads rout No. 1 Hendersonville
Farragut girls now 2nd-ranked in state

Farragut’s Melanie Miller (21) approaches the ball as a Bearden player advances it upfield during this Sept. 23 showdown at FHS, won by Farragut 3-1.- Alan Sloan/farragutpress
Last week was rather successful for Dennis Lindsay’s Farragut Lady Admirals’ soccer team, who capped things off with some harsh revenge.

After beating arch-rival Bearden 3-1 Sept. 23 at FHS, the Lady Ads made it a perfect 5-0 record for the week with a startling win Sunday. The capper was a 6-0 drubbing of the state’s top-ranked Class AAA team, Hendersonville, in the Lady Indians Fall Festival at Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett High.

The Lady Ads broke a scoreless halftime tie with a second half explosion that netted six goals. Katie Green, Jessica Stephens and Sarah Van Sickle each knocked home two goals during the final 40 minutes.

The win elevates FHS (15-2 record) to No. 2 in the latest Class AAA state poll, just behind new No. 1 Oak Ridge (12-1-3).

“We just had a complete game, everybody played as a team,” Coach Lindsay said, as FHS entered the week with a 15-2 overall record. “We dominated the first half completely, we missed some opportunities. I believe we just wore ’em down. Our passing was good, we were just running them ragged.”

This is the same Hendersonville team who beat Farragut 1-0 in the finals of the Katie Hunter Invitational on a Sunday afternoon in late August in Oak Ridge.

As for being motivated by revenge, “I know they wanted to get ’em back,” Lindsay said. “They felt like they should have won the first one, they think they let that one get away.”

Individually, “everybody played at the top of their game just about,” he said. “They all played solid.”

Other tourney victories came against Greeneville (4-1) Friday, and Smyrna (4-0) and Anderson County (5-0) Saturday.


“I felt the momentum going for us, because our girls didn’t take breaks, they just kept on going hard all game,” Lindsay said about beating BHS Sept. 23.

Bearden broke on top 1-0 about 12 minutes into the first half on Susan Ward’s breakaway 10-yard goal, but the Lady Ads made noise before the break.

Van Sickle’s 20-yard rifle shot, assisted by Sara Ham, tied the game with about 11 minutes left in the half. Less than 10 minutes later, Frear took a nice feed from Milazzo on the left side and blasted home a 25-yard goal for a 2-1 FHS lead.

Stephens and Van Sickle iced the game late. Stephens’ nice pass from the right side found Van Sickle open near the net, and her 45-degree ankle shot from 5-yards out made it 3-1 with 5:30 showing on the clock.

The win assures that Farragut will be the top seed in the District 4-AAA Tournament and will host all district games they play. District tournament actions begins the week of Oct. 13.

After a road trip at Kingston today beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Lady Admirals close out the season with home games versus West on Oct. 7 and CAK on Oc. 9. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.

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