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No. 3 FHS gets measure of revenge, rips No. 2 Lady ’Cats


OAK RIDGE —With a four-goal second half leading to an unexpected rout against the state’s No.2-ranked team, the state’s No. 3-ranked Farragut High School Lady Admirals soccer team unloaded two years worth of frustration.

Inspired to end a three-game losing streak to ORHS — including the past two seasons in the playoffs — the FHS girls roared to a commanding 5-0 victory at ORHS last Thursday.


As for recently having a monkey on their backs against the Lady ’Cats, “It’s off their backs (his players’), but I didn’t worry too much about it,” FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay said. “The only time it bothered me was an elimination match, and that was two years ago. I think it was working on their heads a little bit.

“You have to be proud of ’em when they beat Oak Ridge like that, because Oak Ridge is a good team,” Lindsay added. “It’s one of those nights when we were on and they weren’t.”

Senior All-state goalkeeper Meaghan Rothenberg agreed. “It’s definitely a big win,” she said. “It’s like a big rivalry. We’ve lost to them two years in a row, and we wanted to come out here and prove that we could win. For us, as a team, it shows we can play together. We played so well together.”

With a 14-5 edge in shots-on-goal, FHS was led offensively by senior forward transfer Laura Rochford’s two goals and one assist.

“Rockford, she’s a very skilled player. I’m pleasantly surprised with her play tonight,” Lindsay said.

Rochford also drew praise from Lindsay for making the first FHS goal possible.

Taking in a high looping pass from Green near the baseline beside the ORHS goal, “she kind of went backwards to put it back in play, that was a very good play on her part,” Lindsay said about Rochford’s shot that deflected off an ORHS player and into the net. “She’s a talented individual who knows the game well.”

Rockford then assisted on the second goal when her long diagonal pass to the left side of the ORHS goal was headed-in by Emily Beuerlein. It was 2-0 FHS with 25 minutes left in the game.

Less than three minutes later, Green rifled in a goal from about 25 yards out that was almost perfectly placed to beat the leaping Oak Ridge goalie in the upper right corner of the net. Kensell assisted.

After a near perfectly-timed assist from Jessie Stephens, Rochford chipped in Farragut’s fourth goal from 12 yards out with 11:30 to play.

After some efficient ball-control, Serena Allen popped in a shot from 22 yards out in the closing minutes for the final FHS goal. She was assisted by Sarah Fisher.

OTHER PLAYER EFFORTS

“I saw a lot of good effort,” Lindsay said. “Julie Kensell up top, I believe that’s the best I’ve seen her play.”

Lindsay added that the high-level play of All-state forward Katie Green and star midfielder Sarah Van Sickle goes without saying.

“Look at Katy Maurer, she’s been injured for two weeks, she came in and she played a very important role in the center of the field,” the FHS skipper said.

“Jessie Stephens, she’s as solid as they come on defense,” Lindsay said about his sweeper, who led a defensive effort that sharply limited the number of ORHS scoring chances. “She did everything back there. I thought the communication was (good), I could hear her and Rothenberg all night long directing traffic.”

Rothenberg agrees. “Me and Jessie, I trust her so much and we know each other’s play,” the senior goalie said. “The fullbacks talk so well that we don’t get mixed up, and that’s definitely good.”

The “chatter,” as Lindsay also calls it, is a welcomed improvement from 2003. “They had experience last year and I didn’t hear a lot of chatter,” he said.

Overall, “I thought we looked real good on defense,” Lindsay added. “I thought we played a good game all around.

SHEPHERD’S VIEW

“We respect Farragut,” ORHS head coach O.J. Shepherd said, though he added: “I really don’t think my players respected the Farragut team when they came in here ... maybe it was the three-game winning streak.

“From the first minute on, we were so disorganized,” Shepherd added. “We were so afraid of Farragut. Farragut brought a good squad. I’ve said that all along, they’re the team to beat this year. They clearly demonstrated that their heart was bigger than ours.”

Shepherd said that his starting goalie was coming back soon after a bout with tonsillitis and “made some mistakes in goal.

“They’re not a five-goal better team than we are,” Shepherd added. “We’re going to continue to improve ... some of mine played hard, others just didn’t play.”

FHS 6 KINGSTON 0

Against the state’s No. 5-ranked Class A/AA team, the Kingston Lady Yellowjackets, in the Lady Ad season opener at FHS Aug. 17, Beuerlein and Green each scored twice in a 6-0 victory. Allen and Fisher also added goals, while Amy Boyd and Green each had one assist.

 

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