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BHS wins, starters watch

Bearden head coach Eric Turner wanted to send a message to his varsity boys soccer players.

After a tough week of struggling soccer — including a 2-0 loss at Maryville Wednesday, April 5 — the coach benched his usual starters against Oak Ridge, Friday April 7, at BHS’s Allender Field in favor of reserves with the hopes of sending his team a wakeup call.

It seemed to do the trick as Bearden (4-3-1 overall record entering the week) came out of its funk and defeated the Wildcats 2-0.

“The varsity hasn’t been playing well, point blank, so we can either keep trying to do the same thing or we can put in new guys who have earned it,” Turner said. “Those guys have busted their butts like everyone else so we gave them a shot; they did well and held their own.

“When I put the regular starters back in there, they were ready to go.”

The varsity watched the first 10 minutes of the game go by, then Turner signaled for them to warm up. They entered the game in the 20th minute.

“One thing that got our attention was not playing, so we wanted to come in and get our spots back,” senior Khader Hamdallah said. “I feel we came out and gave a good effort, we are all tired but I think we played pretty well as a team.”

Bearden’s first goal came 10 minutes later as junior Nathan Zivi took the ball from midfield and dribbled all the way down to the Oak Ridge goal and kicked it through unassisted.

The SoccerDawgs’ final goal came eight minutes into the second half when freshman Aaron Attkisson scored on an assist from senior Rico Carter.

“We played better, it wasn’t one of our best games,” Turner said.


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