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SoccerDawgs whip No. 5, tie No. 2 HHS


MEMPHIS — Perhaps getting a wake-up call following its 3-1 loss to archrival Farragut April 22, the Bearden SoccerDawgs may have turned a critical corner last weekend at the Houston Invitational.

Blanking the state’s No. 5-ranked Class AAA team, Rossview, and Montgomery Bell Academy by identical 4-0 scores, Bearden rallied to tie the state’s No. 2-ranked Houston Mustangs (11-0-4 record) 2-2 in Sunday’s final game.


“A great weekend for us, we played some quality teams,” BHS head coach Eric Turner said. “The team really played well. I hope we’re peaking at the right time.”

Bearden entered the week 9-4-3 overall, finishing 5-2 in District 4-AAA regular season to earn a third seed in the district tourney, which begins Monday, May 8, with a 7 p.m. game at BHS’s Allender Field.

Turner labeled Houston “a great team, we’re down two-0 and kinda dug ourselves out of a hole there to come back and get a tie. I’m very happy with that result.”

Houston out-shot the SoccerDawgs 7-6.

Goals by Nathan Zivi, assisted by Rico Carter, and Ryan Radcliffe on a penalty kick, gave BHS enough offense for a tie.

Individually in Memphis, “Rico Carter had a great weekend for us,” Turner said of his senior forward. “And Ryan Radcliffe. And collectively, our defense, they did a great job.”

Against Rossview (9-4-2 record) Friday, April 28, at Houston Middle School, Carter scored Bearden’s first two goals, while Radcliffe and Tom Webster also scored. Assists came from Radcliffe, Trevor Cook and Jay Lutz.

BHS out-shot Rossview 20-3.

Lutz, Webster, Cesar Ruiz and Andrew Hinkle knocked home goals against MBA Saturday, April 29, with Carter and Webster adding two assists each. Bearden out-shot MBA 12-3.

The SoccerDawgs blanked Lenoir City in a 6-0 district victory at Allender Field Tuesday, April 25, Radcliffe led the scoring charge with a hat trick (three goals).

Ruiz netted two goals, with Carter also scoring. Webster led in assists with two, followed by Phillip Andreae, Carter and Lutz.

 

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