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Top-ranked Lady Ads impress Lindsay during Lady Tribe Invitational
FHS again hammers No. 3 ORHS en route to Tribe championship

KINGSPORT — Shaking off an “uninspired” stretch of play during mid-season according to the head coach, Tennessee’s top-ranked Class AAA Farragut Lady Admirals soccer team once again came to life with Oak Ridge on the schedule.

Farragut won the eight-team/three day Lady Tribe Invitational in Kingsport last weekend with an unblemished 4-0 record, highlighted by a dominant 5-1 victory against No. 3-ranked Oak Ridge Saturday.

It was almost a carbon-copy performance of a commanding 5-0 victory against the Lady Wildcats at ORHS Aug. 19.

“We went all out for that game, I was very pleased with the effort, they looked good,” FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay said about Saturday’s win, as his Lady Admirals improved their overall record to 15-2 entering this week. “Overall, it was the best game we’ve played. I thought everybody had a very good game against Oak Ridge.”

A balanced offense carried Farragut against the Lady Wildcats, who entered the week with a 12-5-1 record. Goals from Emily Beuerlein, Julie Kensell, Katie Green, Sara Ham and Sarah Van Sickle provided a big cushion. Green led FHS with two assists, while Van Sickle and Lauren Jarvis each added one.

Lindsay said the Lady Ads’ play was a carry-over from some excellent practices on Sept 21 and 22. As a result, “I knew we were in for a good thing this weekend.”

Individually, “I thought Laura Rochford was fantastic,” Lindsay said about his senior center-midfielder. “Her passing, her demeanor, her ball control, she kind of kept everything flowing for us. She was a good quarterback in that game.”

But prior to the Kingsport trip, “we were playing uninspired soccer, we had about three games there where the long grind kind of started having an effect on the girls,” Lindsay said. “I didn’t think we played well at all.”

In other Lady Tribe tourney games, Farragut rallied from a 2-0 deficit against No. 8-ranked Smyrna Friday to win 3-2. Green scored twice and Van Sickle once. Ham had one assist.

“I thought our girls played a fantastic first half, except for the defensive letdown there,” Lindsay said. “We dominated the whole game. Our shots were just not going in in the first half.”

Van Sickle’s second-half defense helped keep Smyrna off the scoreboard according to Lindsay. The talented FHS senior marked, or defended, the player who scored both first-half SHS goals, J. Adams. “She shut her down,” Lindsay said.

Against Anderson Co. in a 4-0 victory Saturday, Green, Laura Rochford, Amy Boyd and Casie Ulrich did the scoring damage for Farragut. Caroline Hemeter, Van Sickle, Sarah Fisher and Jarvis provided assists. “We played a lot of people in that game,” Lindsay said.

Topping off a perfect Lady Tribe Invitational, Farragut blanked host Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett 4-0 Sunday. Green, Kensell, Ulrich and Boyd provided the goals, while Boyd, Green and Kayla Nelson had one assist each.

Having played West in a District 4-AAA showdown for first-place Tuesday evening at WHS (after press deadline), the Lady Admirals host Soddy Daisy on FHS Senior Night in Farragut Stadium Thursday (tonight). Opening kicks are set for 7:30 p.m.


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