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No. 11 Lady SoccerDawgs end season with loss to No. 2 ORHS

OAK RIDGE — In a battle of two state-ranked Class AAA teams, the 11th-ranked Bearden Lady SoccerDawgs were ousted 2-0 by the second-ranked Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at ORHS.

On a rainy night that saw both teams unable to get any offense going in the first half, the Lady Wildcats came out in the second half and dominated.

While Bearden’s season ends with a 13-5-3 overall record, Oak Ridge (18-6-1) rebounded from a 2-0 region championship loss to Farragut to earn a state tournament berth in Chattanooga.

“They wanted it more in the second half than we did,” BHS coach Eric Turner said. “They played great, they came out to advance and we came out to sit around and watch them advance.”

Oak Ridge junior Britta Byrne got the Lady Wildcats’ offense going in the second half by getting past Shea Kinzer and the BHS defense and blasting a shot by BHS goalie Sarah Himmelreich for the game’s first goal with 28:25 left in regulation play.

Five minutes later, Danielle Moore kicked in the Lady Wildcats’ second goal on a rebound after Himmelreich was unable to control the ball after knocking away a Trenna Howell shot attempt.

“Give all credit to Oak Ridge,” Turner said. “They controlled the flow of the game.”

Despite ending the season on back-to-back losses (Oak Ridge and Farragut), “we have had a great year, we have far exceeded where we were expected to be this year,” Turner said. “In this part of the season you hate to go out on back-to-back losses, but the better teams find ways to win this time of the year.”

After starting the season with an abundance of injuries, including a season ending knee injury to senior Nina Carter, BHS was regarded as one of the better teams in Tennessee as reflected in the weekly Class AAA state poll. “We definitely improved a great deal in the season,” said Kinzer, a senior All-State sweeper. “We built up to be a really good team and it’s a letdown in the end that we didn’t get the results that we needed; teams who want to win will win in the post-season, and we didn’t show up to win, we didn’t want it and our effort showed on the field.”

This also marks the last time Kinzer will take the field for the Lady SoccerDawgs.

“Shea has been the anchor of our defense for four years and we are truly going to miss her,” Turner said.

Kinzer plans to play college soccer, but is undecided to which school she will attend. “I’ve been blessed with great coaches and great teammates, win or lose. I have been a part of a good family here,” Kinzer said. “As years progressed I have developed as a player and I have gotten to know so many great people as a career and as a program. It is something that I take great pride in.”

Kinzer’s shoes will be hard to fill, but the other 10 starters are set to return next season.


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