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Rally lifts No. 10 Lady SoccerDawgs past No. 9 FHS; 6-game skid ended

A typical Bearden-Farragut game is how FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay recalled the most recent girls soccer dual between Bearden and Farragut Thursday, Sept. 15, at FHSís Bill Clabo Field.

"Pretty intense game, it could go either way every game, Lindsay said." They will be strong for a few years and we're strong for a few years but in the weak years I think either team is real good. So it really [doesnít] matter how good anybody is when it's Bearden-Farragut. It could go either way regardless."

After losing its last six games to the rival Lady Ads dating back to 2002, the stateís No. 10-ranked SoccerDawgs ended its losing streak with a 2-1 victory against No. 9 FHS.

The first half was dominated by Farragut. Senior Jessie Stephens floated a goal over the outreached hands of BHS goaltender, Sarah Himmelreich, for the game's first goal with just over 14 minutes remaining in the first half. The score remained 1-0 into the half.

After an intense halftime speech by BHS head coach Eric Turner, the Lady SoccerDawgs came out firing on all cylinders in the second half.

A goal by freshman Amanda Barton with 20 minutes left in the game tied the game 1-1.

With just over four minutes remaining, BHS senior Brooke Levy was fouled in the penalty area, rewarding BHS a penalty shot and a chance to break the tie.

Junior Alex Meehan took the opportunity and capitalized, knocking through the eventual game winning goal. "It feels really good," Meehan said about scoring the game winner. "I was nervous but I knew I could do it.

"We havenít beaten them since I was a freshman and this year we have a great group and a lot of returning players."

With the victory, Bearden improves its record to 7-0-1 entering the week while FHS dropped to 6-4-3.

"Farragut came out and youíve got to give them credit, they came out in the first half and played really hard and gave it everything they had," Turner said. "Second half we had to push everyone up and it was really gut check time and once again our girls responded so I am very proud of them."

Leadership and the willingness to give it their all is what Turner said he admires the most.

"For forty minutes they gave it everything they had, the first half we just got outplayed," the BHS skipper said. "The second half they overcame adversity and stepped up and came through. I am most proud when your team plays their heart out in the second half and thatís what they did."


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