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Nation’s No. 1 ranked soccer Ads ‘beheaded’ by Christian Brothers
Despite injuries, first-half FHS ‘domination,’ Culbreth offers ‘no excuses’ for 2-0 loss to ’03 Division II state champ

Farragut senior forward Jared Britcher, 22, goes up for a mid-air header alongside a Christian Brothers defender.- Dan Barile/
Rolling into its huge showdown with last season’s Division II state soccer champion Christian Brothers of Memphis claiming a pair of easy wins, Farragut seemed prepared for its challenge from the west in what some billed as the ultimate “state title” game.

But injuries, an inability to take advantage of first-half domination and a questionable disallowed FHS goal combined to humble the nation’s No. 1 ranked high school soccer team from Admiral Country.

The Purple Wave beat the 2003 Class AAA state champion Ads 2-0 during the Beech Invitational in Hendersonville Sunday.

“In the first half we totally dominated the game, but we didn’t put it in the net,” FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said of a scoreless first 40 minutes. “I’m not saying that unequivicably, I was standing there with three college coaches and they said ‘you totally owned them in the first half.’”

However, the FHS skipper wanted to make one thing perfectly clear: “There are no excuses. In the second half it was a fairly even game, and they got two opportunities at penalty kicks and they took advantage of it. They took advantage of their opportunities and we didn’t.”

After CBHS grabbed a 1-0 lead on the second penalty kick — FHS goalie Tony Milazzo stopped the first Purple Wave pk — Farragut (4-1 record) had apparently tied the game when a corner kick was punched in the net.

But the referee ruled the Admirals offsides. “That was ridiculous, it was a corner kick,” Culbreth said about the call.

CBHS padded the lead with a free kick goal “ from about forty-five yards out” according to Culbreth..

A physical 4-0 win against Cookeville Friday during the Beech Invitational left the Ads with eight key players either out or “hobbled” entering the Christian Brothers game.

“They (Cookeville) killed my kids, I literally had eight kids on the bench,” Culbreth said. The most serious Cookeville game casualty is freshman Ben Backstrom, who Culbreth said is apparently out for the season with a “broken leg.”

Culbreth praised Spencer Bobrowski, who’s playing with an ACL knee tear, along with Bryan Hill, Scott Kensell and Brad Pease for their play Sunday.

A 6-0 winner against BGA Friday, Farragut went 3-1 among a 10-team field by beating host Beech, 5-3, Sunday afternoon.

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