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Kinzer, No. 8-ranked Lady SoccerDawgs pitch 3 shutouts during Memphis tourney

Bearden High School’s girls soccer team traveled to Memphis for a three-day tournament and came out of it without giving up a goal in three games.

Problem was, the state’s No. 8-ranked Class AAA Lady SoccerDawgs’ only scored one goal of their own the entire week and ended the tournament with one win and two ties.

BHS enters the week with a 6-3-3 overall record.

Following a tough 1-0 loss against archrival and top-ranked Class AAA Farragut at BHS Sept. 14, Bearden senior All-state sweeper Shea Kinzer looked ahead to Memphis: “The last time we played the Memphis teams they had some quality teams. It will be good for us to see where we match up, but if we played like we did against Farragut we should be able to play against any team in the state.”

Kinzer and company did their part, as Turner praised his goalkeeper and defense for six shutout quarters. “Sarah Himmelreich, our goalie, had an outstanding tournament. Shea Kinzer on defense, Brooke Levy and Meredith Kelly,” he said. “Some of our younger players are starting to come around. Now it’s just a matter of getting our offense wound up.

Bearden ended the tournament with a 0-0 tie against Hutchinson School of Memphis Sunday. The Lady SoccerDawgs’ only victory came on Saturday, beating Germantown 1-0. The only goal of the game and weekend was scored by Rebecca Graves on an assist from Brittany Hutchens.

Bearden’s defense held strong and allowed Germantown only four shots-on-goal (11-4 BHS edge). Bearden opened play in the Collierville tournament Friday night with a scoreless tie against host and No.6-ranked Class AAA Collierville. The BHS defense came through despite CHS’s 20-4 edge in shots-on-goal.

“We played really good this weekend, our defense did a really good job again and shut-out three quality teams. Unfortunately we were only able to put up one goal,” Turner said. “They are all ranked teams that are doing very well this year. To hold all three of them scoreless, it says something.”


No. 1 Farragut, which entered the week with an 11-2 overall record, sneaked by with a 1-0 victory in a highly aggressive and physical game.

The lone FHS goal was scored by Katie Green on a perfect pass from Casie Ulrich. Before that point the Lady SoccerDawg defense had been nearly flawless.

“We just made one mental mistake, not covering the backside and that cost us,” Turner said. “Good teams make you pay for mistakes and that’s what happened.”

FHS held a 16-5 edge on Bearden in shots-on-goal, but after several nice defensive plays by BHS the game managed to remain close.

“I was really impressed with the way we played, we came out ready to go,” Kinzer said. “It was unfortunate that we lost but we gave it all we had so I was really proud of the team.”

According to Turner, FHS is the toughest opponent his team has faced this year. “They’ve got weapons everywhere, their speed is incredible,” Turner said. “Not many people gave us a chance in this game. Our girls really played with a lot of pride and effort today so I am very happy.”


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