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Corner play lifts Soccer Ads


Senior midfielder Matthew Dakin gives all the credit to sophomore defender Joseph Muth for Farragut’s game-winning header goal, as Class AAA’s No. 6-ranked Ads beat archrival and No. 10-ranked Bearden 2-1 in overtime to capture the District 4-AAA tourney crown Thursday, May 11, at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field.

“Every time I take one [corner kick], Joseph Muth is in the exact right spot to do something, it makes it pretty easy,” Dakin said.

Muth’s goal put the Ads up 2-1 with 7:35 to play in the second non-sudden-death overtime period. The goal came only a few minutes after Bearden [12-5-3 record entering Region 2-AAA play this week] had three golden scoring opportunities slip away in the first 10-minute overtime.

“Coach was just telling us somebody had to make a play,” Muth said. “When the ball came in, I was visualizing it and I stepped up and hit it in. It felt great. My teammates played really well and [Dakin] gave me a great ball. ... Nobody really picked me up, so I just put it in there.

“I would definitely say it’s the biggest goal of my career.”

“We got some lucky breaks, in that first overtime they were really shelling us,” Muth added. “We bent but we didn’t break. We just came back and put that one in.”

According to the FHS statistics, the Ads [14-4-5 record entering region play] out-shot Bearden 17-15.

The SoccerDawgs and Admirals may yet rematch for the region crown tonight, as each played in region semifinal games Tuesday, May 16 (after press deadline). If Farragut beat District 3-AAA runner-up West and Bearden defeated 3-AAA champ Oak Ridge, tonight’s rematch [Thursday] will begin at 7 p.m. at Bill Clabo Field.

The winner would host the Region 1-AAA runner-up Saturday. Region 2-AAA’s runner-up will travel to the Region 1-AAA champion’s field in Upper East Tennessee.

About winning the district tourney title and also beating Bearden, “It’s definitely awesome,” Dakin said. “I know as a junior and a sophomore it was always an awesome game, but much more as a senior, we’re just playing that much harder to beat ’em on our home field. ... I’m proud of everyone on the team.”

Ben Backstrom’s direct kick from about 22 yards out beat BHS goalkeeper Bryan Walker in the left upper part of the net to put Farragut ahead 1-0 with 20 minutes left in the first half.

But less than four minutes later, after the Ads were unable to clear a ball, Bearden’s Tom Webster found Ryan Radcliffe in the middle, and Radcliffe’s shot from 10 yards out slid just past FHS goalie Tony Milazzo, making it 1-1.

Unlike a 3-1 FHS win last month in the regular season, “They played harder this time, but we came right back and took their punch,” Backstrom said.

Farragut head coach Wallie Culbreth said Bearden “had the intensity tonight, [head coach] Eric [Turner] brought them to play. ... They surprised me the way they brought it to us. ... I expect we’ll see them next Thursday [region championship, tonight].”

Turner labeled it “a great game. We had the better scoring opportunities, we just didn’t finish. We’ve got no one to blame but ourselves. We had the better opportunities, but their defense made the saves they had to make, even when we broke ’em down in the second half and in the overtime.

“But that’s soccer, sometimes the team that’s better that day doesn’t always win,” he added. “I want to praise the whole team, they came out and executed and we took Farragut out of their game.”

BHS 2 MARYVILLE 0

Phillip Andreae’s goal with approximately 12 minutes to play in regulation off a corner kick from Khader Hamdallah broke a scoreless tie and helped keep Bearden’s season alive in an eventual 2-0 win at No. 9-ranked Maryville in the 4-AAA tourney semis Wednesday, May 7, at MHS.

The SoccerDawgs’ win avenged a regular season loss to the Rebels while ending MHS’s season at 10-2-3. Rico Carter’s goal with five minutes to play sealed the win.

FHS 5 SEVIER COUNTY 1

Two goals from Robert Fisher led the way in Farragut’s 4-AAA semifinal win Wednesday, May 7.

Backstrom, Jake Russell and Jonathan Chancey had the other Admiral goals. Russell, Backstrom and Travis Bolton provided assists.

 

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