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Who will advance in soccer?
Bearden hoped to survive ORHS; Lady Ads red-hot


Farragut’s Melanie Miller and Bearden’s Mary Alex Rochester battle for the ball.- Alan Sloan/farragutpress
If the Bearden Lady SoccerDogs have a game tonight, you know they accomplished something monumental.

But if Bearden whipped the state’s top-ranked Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats Tuesday (after press deadline) to advance into tonight’s Region 2-AAA finals, it had to be a much better effort than BHS put forth last Thursday in a 4-0 loss to arch-rival and No. 2 state-ranked Farragut in the District 4-AAA tournament title game at FHS.

So says the boss.

Bearden head coach Eric Turner is still at a loss to explain his team’s lack of fire last Thursday.

“I don’t know, that’s what we’re trying to figure out,” Turner said about his team, ranked ninth in the state with a 13-5-2 record entering the week. “They just didn’t seem fired up about the game.

“We kind of mistook that for focus, as opposed to not ready to play,” Turner added. “We thought they were ready to go, but obviously they weren’t in the first half.”

Farragut, which improved its record to 21-2 entering region play, built a 3-0 halftime lead and cruised, as Bearden had only one shot-on-goal (according to the FHS statistics).

More details on the district title game later in this article.

TOURNAMENT PATH

If Bearden and Farragut both survived Tuesday (Farragut hosted Karns) they will meet for the third time this season, this time in the region finals, at FHS beginning at 7:30 p.m.

An Oak Ridge win would end Bearden’s season and allow the No. 1 Lady ’Cats to host Farragut at ORHS Thursday.

All teams reaching the region finals tonight will play in Saturday sectionals.

The eight-team TSSAA state tournament begins Oct. 29. Semifinal games are Oct. 30, with the state title game set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1.

As for assessing the Lady Admirals, “by far they are the best team around, there’s no doubt about that,” Turner said.

FHS 4 BHS 0

“We just played hard and put it in the net,” FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay said. “We had a lot of speed, we hustled. I believe our speed took it’s toll on them. Of course, that first goal that Katie Green got in, that opened it up for us.”

Katy Maurer made it 2-0 at the 12:30 mark, then Green scored again with less than four minutes left in the half.

Sarah Van Sickle added the final goal on a beautiful assist by Jesse Stephens, one of two she had.

“There were a lot of good individuals,” Lindsay said. “Jesse Stephens, I really liked what I saw in the first half from her. She was getting to a lot of balls. Even though she wasn’t the one doing all the scoring, she was creating a lot of havoc getting to the balls and passing to teammates.”

PLAYING WITH THE BEST

“There’s a few teams that can beat us in the state, but there’s not a team that we can’t beat,” Lindsay said. “Sometimes we just look unbeatable, other times we look like anybody could beat us.

“Of course, a couple of teams shut us out (Hendersonville and Oak Ridge, both 1-0 scores),” Lindsay added. “But still, we’re capable of scoring quick.”

As for the bottom line, “we’re playing real well,” Lindsay said. “Our defense is solid.”









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