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Offense wakes up big-time for BHS girls soccer

After relying on its strong defensive play to win games early in the season, the state’s No. 6-ranked Class AAA Bearden High School Lady SoccerDawgs are starting to realize what it is like to find the back of the net.

After defeating the Maryville Lady Rebels 4-0 Thursday, Sept. 23, at BHS to improve its record to 8-3-3 entering the week, BHS has scored nine goals in its last two games.

Sarah Bumpas led the way for the Lady SoccerDawgs by netting three goals to lead the path to victory against the Rebels. “I think we did really good,” Bumpas said of her team’s performance. “We really stepped it up and got to the goal.”

BHS head coach Eric Turner said: “Sarah Bumpas really stepped up today with her three goals. The last two games our offense has done what they had to do by creating some opportunities. That’s what we were missing before, maybe it’s starting to come together for us and it’s a good time as we are getting towards the end of the year.”

Janie Dance added a goal late in the game on an assist from Mary Alex Rochester. “We did what we had to do,” Turner said. “We played well, we had some good goals today and the defense did another great job.”

Rochester continued her strong play as she put pressure on the Maryville defense practically the entire game. “Mary Alex Rochester has really stepped up the last couple of games. She is finally getting back to where we need her to be and what she is capable of doing,” Turner said of his sophomore standout. “She has continued to grow as the season goes on.”

The Bearden defense continued its rock-solid play by holding Maryville scoreless while allowing only four shots-on-goal.

Bumpas feels the Lady Bulldogs are almost to the point where they need to finish the year strong. “We are on the way up and we are almost there but we need to win more balls, put (on) more pressure and play a little faster,” she said.


The Lady Bulldogs were led by Mary Alex Rochester’s and Sarah Bumpas’ two-goal performances to defeat the Knoxville Catholic Lady Irish 5-1 Sept. 22 at BHS.

The Bearden offense stepped its game up a notch as they outshot KCHS 43-17. “I think I played pretty good and shot well,” Rochester said after her performance. “They were a really good team but we played a really good game and got a lot of shots off.”

Rochester scored her first goal with less than a minute to go in the first half and her other came late in the second half. Shea Kinzer scored on a direct kick and Bumpas scored her two goals in the second half as well for the Lady Bulldogs.

Kinzer contributed two assists, and Bumpas and Janie Dance got into the action with one assist apiece.

“We played really well today, its nice to get some goals and be in a defensive struggle,” Turner said. “I think Catholic played great, they just wore down at the end of the game and our girls stepped up and were able to finish, that’s a good sign.”

Catholic’s goal was scored by Ashley Hickey with 27:30 left in the second half.

“We have been missing that killer attitude lately and it was nice to finally get that back,” Turner said.


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