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Lawson likes Maryville

Ben Lawson, senior standout defender with the Farragut High School soccer team, signed National Letter of Intent papers with NCAA Division III’s Maryville College during a signing ceremony in the FHS Commons Thursday, May 11. “He’s one of those guys that quietly gets the job done. He goes unnoticed sometimes on the field, but he eliminates the [opponent’s] best player,” FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said. With Lawson battling injuries this season, including a broken wrist, “It’s a whole different team when he’s not out there,” the coach added. “He’s like a bulldog, he get ahold of some good player and just doesn’t let ’em go. He’s also has committment.” As for why he chose Maryville, “First of all, I really like the coaches,” Lawson said of head coach Pepe Fernandez and assistant Jon Baker. “He coached me in [Olympic Development Program] and he’s just a really nice guy. ... And the soccer team’s pretty good.

Maryville as a school is really academically strong, so that made me really want to go there.” Lawson is slated to be a defender for the Scots. “That’s what I’ve been playing in competitive soccer the past couple of years,” the 18-year-old said. “That’s what I feel most comfortable at.” Lawson is sitting beside his mother and father, Jim and Chris Lawson. Standing, left to right, is John Craven, Lawson’s club coach; younger sister, Katie, and Culbreth.


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