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Lindsay’s Lady Ads looking for elusive state soccer title


Having given up only 11 goals all season while maintaining a solid grip on the No. 1-state ranking among all girls high school soccer teams, the Farragut Lady Admirals seem prepared to win the program’s first state championship.

“I think all of us are going to be ready for whatever challenges come upon us,” senior forward/midfielder Sarah Van Sickle said about her Lady Ads (23-2 record), who disposed of No. 2 Class AAA-ranked Oak Ridge 2-0 in the Region 2-AAA finals Oct. 14 before blanking Greeneville 4-0 Saturday in the sectionals, both at FHS.

Laura Rochford’s first hat-trick as a Lady Admiral provided more than enough scoring punch against Greeneville, as the Lady Ads take a 23-2 record into Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium this week for the Class AAA state tournament.

“Based on how we’re playing right now, with our energy and our heart, it’s the highest it’s ever been,” Van Sickle said. “It’s just going to continue to increase, because the closer we get, the more hungry we get for it. We’re all going to work as hard as we can to win the state. I don’t see why we shouldn’t.”


The eight-team state tournament began for Farragut Wednesday (after press deadline) in the quarterfinals against No. 7-ranked Germantown (12-7-4 record entering state).

A win against Germantown will lift FHS into the state semifinals Thursday (tonight) against the winner of No. 6 Tullahoma (15-3-1) versus unranked Hendersonville (13-7-2) at 7 p.m.

Oak Ridge, who made it to Chattanooga after a 4-0 victory against Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett in the sectionals, could still be lurking come Saturday’s championship game at 5 p.m.

“We have a very tough seeding all the way through state,” Van Sickle said. “We’re glad that we have that because that’s going to show that we will have to beat the best team to (win) it.”

Ten-time Class AAA state champ Franklin, the defending state champ and Lady Ad nemesis, was eliminated by Hendersonville in the Region 6-AAA semifinals.

FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay labeled his defense “superb” in the post season, as the Lady Admirals have not allowed a goal in post-season play heading to Chattanooga. “I can’t complain about my defense. I believe we’ve only allowed eleven goals all year, and some of that’s in the last few minutes when I’ve got my subs in,” he said. “For twenty-five games, that’s not a lot of goals to be scored against you.”

As with Van Sickle, Farragut senior Sara Tourville said she is also optimistic.

“I really feel like we have everything we need to win state, we just have to put the ball in the net and come to play and play well,” Tourville said.

Lindsay gave two reason why his Lady Admirals should have an excellent chance for success in Chattanooga.

A bigger field at Finley Stadium “will help us out tremendously,” he said about being able to better utilize Farragut’s speed. “Another reason is I scheduled tough team after tough team, we played a heck of a schedule.

“We know pretty much the styles of every team we’ll play,” Lindsay added. “We match up pretty good. So we’ve got a good shot at it. Of course, there’s not a team out there that can’t beat us, I’m sure. But if we play our game we should be OK.”

As for having a tough draw, “if the best team is in our bracket, we’d have to go through them in he finals anyway,” the FHS skipper said.

Lindsay said his team had suffered no serious injuries following the game with Greeneville, and should be a generally good health for the state tournament.

FHS 4 GREENEVILLE 0

Led by Rochford and a stingy defense, Farragut beat Greeneville while holding a 19-7 edge in shots-on-goal according to the FHS scorebook statistics.

Julie Kensell had the other FHS goal, coming off an assist from Katie Green. Other assists came from Van Sickle and Sara Ham.

FHS 2 OAK RIDGE 0

Scoreless at halftime against No. Oak Ridge, the Lady Ads scored on two well-placed long shots within the first 20 minutes of the second half.

Katie Green’s 30-yard laser beam beat the ORHS goalie on the upper right side of the net.

Emily Beuerlein did the same from approximately 20 yards out for a 2-0 lead that stood up.

 

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