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BHS soccer girls start ’06 season 2-0-2


Coming into this season, Bearden head coach Eric Turner didn’t know how his inexperienced defensive unit would begin the season.

After a 9-1 win versis Cookeville in the final game of the Bearden Invitation Sunday, Aug. 27, Turner and the Lady Bulldogs’ soccer team (2-0-2 overall record entering the week) are pleased with how the season has started.

“We played great today,” Turner said. “Cookeville was a little beat up today but our girls came out from the opening whistle and really wanted to control the game. That’s really what we were looking for today.”

Bearden’s first goal came with 28:30 left in the first half when senior captain Alex Meehan found the bottom left corner of the net on a direct kick.

“Everyone just came together and we put them away today,” Meehan said. “We are starting off really well and in the four years I have been here this is the strongest our team has ever been.”

Bearden sophomore Emily Bithorn scored the first of her game-high four goals with 12:50 remaining in the first on an assist from sophomore Amy Porter.

“Emily Bithorn had a great game, she is still learning her position,” Turner said. “She is a defender and we are just trying to make her a midfielder/forward because of her speed.”

Bithorn’s second goal came a minute later when she struck a pass from Meehan into the top right corner of the net to give Bearden a 3-0 lead.

Porter scored on a Kirsten Bodker pass with 3:35 left in the half to send Bearden to the halftime break with a 4-0 lead.

The second half opened with Bithorn scoring her third goal of the game only 10 seconds into the second half on an assist from Amanda Barton.

Bithorn found the net 10 minutes later for her fourth and final goal of the game.

Barton knocked one past the goalkeeper with 26:37 left in the game to give Bearden the 7-0 lead.

Four minutes later Aurora Tacey scored on a Brenna Mayfield assist and Rebekah Strand found the net with 18:20 left to put Bearden up 9-0.

The lone Cookeville goal came with 17:49 remaining when Jessica Wilson bounced one over the head of Bearden junior goalkeeper Sarah Canter.

“Sarah Canter never played soccer before in her life,” Turner said. “Right now we are just going through our learning curve. I’m getting a few more grey hairs on shots we would normally save but all we can do is ask her to go out and play hard and be an athlete. That is what she is doing and we will have to live with the mistakes sometimes.”

Despite some minor miscues, Turner is pleased with the way his team handled the opening week of the season.

“Defense is still learning and we are still giving up bad goals but if we score a bunch a game I guess it’s alright,” Turner said. “We are going to have to work on that but as a whole for the weekend I thought we did great.”

The Lady Bulldogs opened the tournament with a 1-1 tie against Houston Friday, Aug. 25.

“Houston was our toughest game,” Meehan said. “They were good, they were physical but we put one away and they just came back in the end. I think we controlled the game, we did well.”

Bearden notched its first win of the season Saturday, Aug. 26, with a 3-2 win versus McMinn County.

“It’s been a great weekend,” Turner said. “We are still undefeated against some very quality teams who will probably be there in the end so we are just working at it and trying to get better.”

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The Bulldogs opened the season Tuesday, Aug. 22 with a 1-1 tie at Baylor.

Porter scored on an Abbie Thumler assist in the 78th minute to tie the game up. Canter had nine saves in her first game.

 

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