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‘Wallie’s World’ is Memphis
FHS boys soccer seeks to defend state title after ripping ’Cats, KDB


Responding with devastating force when its manhood was apparently questioned by Oak Ridge before the Region 2-AAA finals last Thursday, the state’s No. 1-ranked Farragut High School soccer team may need similar motivation to defend its Class AAA state title.

That’s because No. 2 state-ranked McMinn County (19-1 record) was Farragut’s opponent in quarterfinal state action Wednesday in Memphis (played after press deadline).

If the Admirals survived McMinn’s best shots — they handed the Cherokees their only loss, 2-1, early in the season — the powerful Ads face No. 3 Hendersonville tonight at 7 p.m. (central daylight time) in the semifinals.

Entering state tourney play with a 21-2 record, Farragut hoped to survive into to the championship game. Kickoff for the Class AAA title game is set for 5 p.m. (central) at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.

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Apparent “smack” talk from Oak Ridge lit a wildfire that Aaron Doyle spread to his teammates prior to the region title game.

Farragut was mad enough to score a knockout against the state’s No. 5-ranked Wildcats before they could hardly break a sweat, as the Admirals scored five goals during the game’s first 17 minutes and cruised to an 8-1 victory.

“We heard some stuff, and they were like, talking trash about us, thinking that they were better than us and they could beat us and that we’re overrated,” senior sweeper Jared Britcher said about Doyle’s message to the FHS team prior to the game. “We just wanted to come out here and make a statement.”

The messenger himself had four goals.

Stopper Bryan Hill and midfielder Doyle combined with near perfect timing on two throw-in goals within the first 10 minutes, the first from about 35 yards out and the second near the corner.

“Every time I throw it in, he seems to find where I throw it,” Hill said. “I see where he is and I throw it in his general space and he just gets to it.”

Near the center of the field less that two minutes after making it 2-0, Doyle found Austin Rhoades breaking open down the middle and hit him with a perfect 45 degree angle pass. Rhoades charged to the goal and scored from about 10 yards out. It was 3-0.

About two minutes later, Johnathan McCauley finds a loose ball in a scrum following a throw-in and punches home the fourth goal in front of the net. Doyle’s third header following a throw-in made it 5-0 with 23:30 left in the first half.

Doyle’s fourth and final goal came on a hard shot from about 22 yards out. Two second-half goals from Daniel Hinman finished off Oak Ridge.

Individually, “Scott Kensell, I put him in the middle and he played fabulous,” Culbreth said. “Daniel Hinman really played outstanding. And Austin (Rhoades) has been getting us a goal about every game.”

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A first-half goal from Ben Backstrom held up until Doyle’s direct kick assist to Britcher during Saturday’s sectional. Britcher’s perfectly time header in front of the goal with 29 minutes left in regulation time made it 2-0.

Eight minutes later, Corey Stinton’s nifty ball control in the box came before a perfectly placed pass to Adam Parsons, who headed in the game’s final goal from three yards out.

 

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