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Wallie ranks soccer Ads among best ever in state


Where does Wallie Culbreth rank his 2004 Class AAA state champion Farragut High boys soccer team — whose strong senior class finished as back-to-back state champs — among the all-time great Tennessee high school teams?

And if Culbreth could combine the best of his No. 1-nationally-ranked 2004 Ads with his 2003 champs, how would they fare against the best of Eric Turner’s 2002 unbeaten national and state champion Bearden SoccerDawgs combined with Turner’s 2001 BHS state champs?

AMONG STATE’S BEST EVER?

“It’s so hard to compare teams, but I think from our total domination, this team has to be considered,” coach Culbreth said of his 2004 team that finished 24-2-0. “The way they were playing at the end of the year, we’re as good as any team that’s come through. But that’s ranking them up there with some good ones because Bearden’s (2002) team was great.

“I think the Houston team (national and state champions from 2000) was a really good team, but they only sent one guy off to the pros,” Culbreth added. “And he’s not even playing in the pros anymore.”

FHS BEST VERSUS BHS BEST

“I’m going to be honest with you, as much as I would like to say Farragut, that would be the game of the century,” Culbreth said about combining the best of Class AAA’s past four champions. “I think about that all the time.”

While Bearden’s perfect 2002 team finished 25-0-0 following a 2001 season with only one loss, FHS’s ’03 and ’04 two-year record is 49-3-0.

DOYLE LEADS ALL-REGION

Not surprisingly, FHS midfielder Aaron Doyle was recently named Region 2-AAA’s most valuable player. Admirals Bret Vukoder, Jared Britcher, Mikey Boza, Scott Kensell, Bryan Hill and Kirk Ruoff were also first-teammers. (See BHS honorees, page 21)

 

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