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Turner’s BHS road soccer dilemma: beat No. 2 FHS or No. 1 Oak Ridge


Bearden’s task in girls’ high school soccer is simple but mighty tough.

Either beat the state’s second-ranked Class AAA team on its home field Thursday (tonight), or beat the state’s top-ranked team on its home field Monday in the Region 2-AAA semis.

Otherwise the season is over.


That’s the likely scenario for Eric Turner’s Lady SoccerDawgs, who were expected to reach the District 4-AAA tournament championship game tonight at 7:30 p.m. against second-ranked Farragut at FHS (semifinals on Tuesday played after press time).

Already enduring a three-game losing streak to Farragut in girls high school soccer dating back to the start of last season, Turner is not only looking to break the streak but avoid getting broken at top-ranked Oak Ridge Monday.

“You want to make the road as easy as possible for yourselves,” Turner said. “Not that any of the other teams will be easy, but we’d much rather play one of those other teams as opposed to Oak Ridge. We’re going to put a lot into that game, and try to get by and hope those two face off, Farragut and Oak Ridge, in the region semis.”

Ranked 9th in the state with an 11-4-2 overall record, Bearden has had a “good year” according to Turner.

But then there’s Farragut (19-2 record), who beat Bearden 3-1 Sept. 23 at fHS.

“I think they have been the better team here in the last couple of years,” Turner said. “We just haven’t been able to crack that nut yet. I’m not worried about the mental thing yet.

“We’ll eventually get ‘em.”

Although happy that “we’re kind of hitting our stride at the right time” thanks to a handful of impressive wins late in the regular season, Turner said beating the Lady Ads will be tough.

“That’s a hard team to score against,” he said. “They are so good. I don’t know that we’re going to come out and necessarily do any better, but I know that we’re going to give it a good shot.

“We’re still trying to get over the hump beating teams that are a little bit better than us,” Turner added. “But I think we can do it. Hopefully, we’ll put it together in the post-season.”

Closing out the regular season, Bearden dumped Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett 4-1 Oct. 7 at BHS. Susan Ward led the winning attack with two goals, followed by Eliza Rudder and Janie Dance with one each.

LADY ADMIRALS

Praising his goalkeeper, FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay saw his Lady Admirals escape at West with a 2-0 victory Oct. 7 Goalie Meghan Rothenberg stopped 14 shots.

“Rothenberg had her best game, I think,” Lindsay said. “If she hadn’t been doing well, we’d probably been in trouble.”

Second half goals by Jessica Stephens and Alicia Frear broke a scoreless halftime tie. Katie Green had one assist.

In an 8-0 rout of CAK to close out the regular season, Stephens and Sarah Van Sickle each knocked home two goals. Michelle Hensley, Katie Mauer, Mandy Milazzo and Serena Allen also scored goals.

Green proved handy by dishing out three assists.

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