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No. 7 SoccerDawgs again blank FHS 1-0; Ad revenge tonight?

Bearden’s District 4-AAA Tournament championship victory vs. archrival Farragut on FHS soil was similar to its regular season victory at BHS one month before. Yet not so similar from the Ads perspective.

In both cases, Ryan Radcliffe did all the necessary scoring damage, this time from about six yards out off an assist from Jay Lutz with eight minutes left in the first half for a 1-0 tourney title victory May 13.

Praising Lutz, "Jay played me a perfect ball … he beat the guy on the line, and when you do that you have all the time in the world," said Radcliffe, whose Bulldogs, ranked No. 7 in the state, improved to 14-3-4 overall heading into Region 2-AAA play this week. "The ball took a weird bounce, but I put a little flick on it, it hit the outside of my foot and went in."

A BHS home win vs. Halls Tuesday, May 17 (after press deadline) and a Farragut victory at No. 4 state-rranked Oak Ridge Tuesday would create another FHS-Bearden matchup, this time for region honors beginning at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at BHS.

Admiral head coach Wallie Culbreth said there was a huge difference in the regular season game and Friday’s showdown: His team’s level of play.

"I hate to admit it, but we were clearly outplayed, they had more desire … in the first game we (outplayed) them, out-shot them three-to-one," said Culbreth, whose No. 11 state-ranked team fell to 12-6-2 two days after rallying from behind in penalty kicks to win 1-0 (4-2 on PKs) vs. Maryville Wednesday, May 11, at FHS. (read details later in this story).

"This is not the same Farragut team I’ve had the past four or five weeks. I hope it’s out of our system now."

According to the FHS stat sheet, Bearden held an 11-6 edge in shots-on-goal.

"We had a point to prove … they made a statement," BHS head coach Eric Turner said. "We take great pride in our defense. We’ve struggled at times, but we’ve stepped it up the last couple of games."

Turner specifically praised goalkeeper Bryan Walker and SoccerDawg defenders Preston Walker, Brandon Wyrick and Khader Hamdallah. "Eighty solid minutes, an outstanding job," the BHS skipper said. "Bryan’s one of the best in the state when he’s on."


After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, Farragut fell behind 1-0 after one turn of PKs (each team gets five), when Admiral Matt Dakin converted a critical tying kick.

Tied 2-2 after Forrest Tuten scored and the Rebels missed thanks to FHS goalie Tony Milazzo’s save, midfielder Scott Kensell beat the MHS goalie to the left for a 3-2 Ad lead.

Maryville’s next PK hit the crossbar, setting up heroics from FHS senior Brad Pease, who went to his left and barely beat the Rebel goalie to seal victory.


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