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‘Determined’ Admirals sink BHS SoccerDawgs 3-1


Being successful in sports is all about preparation and confidence.

When the Farragut Admirals hosted the Bearden Bulldogs’ soccer team Saturday, April 22, at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field, those two points were made evident in a 3-1 Admirals victory.


Farragut head coach Wallie Culbreth gathered his team together early Saturday afternoon for a walk-through at the field and from that point on the FHS coach knew his team was ready.

“We were determined to win this game, and we met today and I knew when we got here tonight we were coming to win, there was no doubt,” Culbreth said. “This was probably the most secure I felt about one of the games, there was no hiding emotions today, these kids were pumped up.”

From the onset, those emotions were made clear. Farragut got on the board just three minutes into the match on a goal by junior Kevin Underwood on an assist from Ben Backstrom.

Farragut’s intensity couldn’t be matched early on, according to BHS head coach Eric Turner.

“No doubt about it, that’s what it came down to,” Turner said. “On paper both teams are even, neither one is better so when they step on the field they have to be ready.

“Wallie had those guys ready their team was ready and our team wasn’t so I take the blame for that.”

The Ads out-shot BHS 16-8.

Farragut’s dominance continued on for the remainder of the first half, but the Admirals didn’t score again until Backstrom knocked one through with eight minutes remaining in the half on an assist from Matt Dakin.

“We didn’t show up for the first forty minutes,” Turner said. “Farragut fully dominated that game, they wanted it more.”

But according to Turner, the dagger came in the first minute of the second half when Underwood punched in Backstrom’s shot to take the 3-0 lead.

“I had two goals but Backstrom made it pretty easy on me, one was just a touch in on the line and the other was Backstrom’s kick,” Underwood said. “I just redirected it.”

Bearden’s lone goal came six minutes later when Rico Carter scored on a breakaway. Aaron Attkisson was credited with the assist.

Whenever Bearden and Farragut match up it’s meaningful, but for the Admirals it means that they control their own destiny as far as the district standings are concerned.

“We played really good,” Underwood said. “It’s a huge rivalry and it puts us in a pretty good place in the district”.

With the win, the Admirals improve its overall record to 10-2-5 and clinched a tie for the District 4-AAA regular season title with a 5-0-1 record entering the week.

The Bulldog’s record fell to 6-4-2 overall and 4-2 in the district entering the week.

Farragut’s win didn’t come easy for the Farragut parents. With the inclement weather forcing the postponement of the game for a day, getting the field ready for play didn’t come easy.

“We so wanted to play this game on a good field today, I had 11 dad’s out here with blow-dryers and snow-shovels,” Culbreth said. “We raked this field today with snow shovels and brooms and blow-dryers and everything, so my dad’s get credit for part of this win.”

All in all, Culbreth said this game was about teamwork for his Admirals.

“The thing I was most pleased with was this was a team effort of my eleven on the field and my eleven on the sideline,” Culbreth said. “This was about ‘we’ not about ‘me’.”



BHS 2 SOUTH-DOYLE 0

The Bulldogs shut out South-Doyle 2-0 on the road with goals from Jay Lutz and Alex Widmer Tuesday, April 18.

Attkisson and Lutz added assists.

 

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