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Revenge sweet for Lady Ads in Bearden Invitational

Winning the annual Bearden Invitational soccer tournament certainly isn’t the same as winning a Class AAA state tourney title.

But don’t tell that to Emily Harris and Serena Allen, two of four Farragut High School seniors who enjoyed a measure of revenge in beating Germantown Houston 1-0 Saturday, Aug. 26, at BHS’s Bruce Allender Field as one of three tourney wins to run the FHS overall record to 3-1 entering the week.

“It was sweet revenge, they beat us in the state championship my sophomore year [2004],” Allen said of the 1-0 Lady Mustangs victory despite being out-played by the Lady Ads. “So I was just ready to get out there and shove it back in their face.”

Harris, also a heartbroken sophomore after the 2004 state finals, added, “It was sweet revenge, it was amazing just to rub it in their faces just because they didn’t deserve to win the state championship when I was a sophomore. We had the best talent and we should have won.”

FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay labeled it “a big win, but they out-played us,” as the Lady Mustangs led in shots-on-goal 10-3. “We hung in their a got a goal. The one Mindy [Hopkins] hit was a great one.”

Hopkins, who has scored three of Farragut’s seven goals in its first four games, nailed a free kick from about 24 yards out with 11:30 left in the first half.

Defensively, “Our whole defense played tough ’cause they were hammering it at us the whole game,” Lindsay said. “Everyone on our defense played a solid game. Emily Harris, Serena Allen, M-C Suhocki, Meghan Satterfield and Sarah Fisher, that’s the first time she’s played defense this year and I think she’s got herself in the starting lineup on defense. She played excellent.”

Though Lindsay said his team still has to learn “how to attack certain defenses,” he added, “The main thing is we’ve improved on defensive corners. Houston set a world record, I believe, for corners against us and we didn’t allow a goal.”

In addition, Lindsay praised sophomore goalkeeper Megan Buzzeo for being “solid all the way.”

Buzzeo pitched a shutout in the first big varsity game of her career. “We had a lot of pressure, they were controlling the game the whole time, and our defense, we were able to keep it out,” Buzzeo said, adding that revenge was on the minds of many Lady Ads.

“There was a lot of talk about that at halftime, they were getting into it,” Buzzeo said.

Beginning the tourney with a 4-0 win versus Cookeville, FHS closed with a 1-0 win against McMinn County thanks to a late goal.

Harris scored only her second career goal — the other coming in the District 4-AAA Tournament finals against archrival Bearden, also at BHS.

“Coach put me in at center-mid and we got a corner kick, and we just took the opportunities that came,” Harris said about her conversion from about eight yards out with 6:56 left in the game, beating the goalie to her right.

Farragut’s defense was good enough to keep McMinn without a shot on goal, winning that stat 15-0.

As for improvement since a 3-1 loss to Greeneville that began the 2006 season at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field Tuesday, Aug. 22, “I think we’re more of a team and we have a lot more confidence,” Harris said. “I think when we played Cookeville, it boosted our confidence, along with the four goals. And I think we’re coming together more as a team now. We’re starting to figure out where everybody belongs on the field.”

Against Cookeville, Farragut held a 17-3 edge in shots on goal. Hopkins, Kathleen Jarvis, Cathryn Dake and Rachel Hill scored the Lady Ad goals. Assists came from Whitney Newby, Allen, Casey Ulrich and Harris.

Allen said, “After the Greeneville match it was like, ‘OK guys, we really need to start working hard. We need everyone to put, like, one hundred percent effort.’ ... We wanted to prove ourselves because, it’s like, ‘Farragut’s not going to do anything this season.’ We’re just as good as we were last season. We just wanted to prove ourselves.”

Hopkins scored Farragut’s lone goal versus Greeneville, coming on a free kick early in the second half.


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