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Ads act ‘Swiftly,’ get late goal to tie Baylor during Bearden Invitational

The man with the blue cast on his right arm was the man with the golden right leg for Farragut Sunday. At least Tyler’s Swift’s late-game goal helped the Admirals avoid defeat, as FHS tied Baylor 1-1 on the final day of the annual Bearden Invitational April 2 at Bearden High School’s Allender Field.

“We never lose the second-half,” FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said. “And we won this half. ... All three games we won the second half.”

That's despite the Admirals finishing its three BHS Invitational games 0-1-2, having tied Memphis University School Saturday after suffering a 3-0 loss to Christian Brothers Friday. Farragut begins the week with a 3-1-2 overall record.

Thanks to a handful of key injuries before and during the game, “We were the walking wounded out here, so I was really pleased with the way they didn’t quit, they kept coming back,” Culbreth said.

Still wearing a blue cast on his right arm after breaking his wrist during the pre-season, Swift fired home the tying goal from 15-yards in front with less than 10 minutes left in the game.

“[Ben] Backstrom played the ball across. ... I was prying I’d make it,” Swift said, adding that playing with a cast is “not that bad, I don’t really notice it. I’ve gotten used to it.”

Culbreth praised Swift “for an outstanding job. Actually, I played Tyler all over the field and he did an outstanding job.”

“Nic Paolucci did a great job for me at sweeper, and he hadn’t played that all year, but because of injuries I had to play him there,” Culbreth added. “And I’ll probably leave him there.

“And Jake Russell and Ben Backstrom, they’re always in the mix of things.”

Swift was one of three Admirals injured going into the Baylor game, joining center-midfielder Ben Lawson, who Culbreth described as being in a “double cast” with a pair of wrist injuries he recently suffered, and defender Aaron Stinton, out with a concussion.

Saying three other Admirals were injured Sunday — midfielder Ben Contessa (back), midfielder Matt Dakin (leg) and Jake Holt (neck) — Culbreth said he had “bad luck this weekend.

“Dakin’s like our rally cat out there, he keeps everything going,” Culbreth added. “If I can’t keep him on the field, I don’t have the fun going on.”

Starting in his first-ever “big game” according to Culbreth, junior goalie Adam Greene “did a good job ... played a good game.”

The approach is still one game at a time.

“Being a young team, I’m not promising the moon, I’m promising the next game,” Culbreth said.


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