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LadySoccerDawgs enter week perfect

The Bearden Lady Bulldogs soccer team remained unbeaten after defeating Chattanooga Christian School 5-0 in the championship game of the CCS Tournament Saturday, Sept. 9.

Amy Porter got Bearden (7-0-2 record entering the week) started with a goal in the 23rd minute from an Emily Bithorn assist. Mary Alex Rochester had two goals and Alex Meehan scored on a corner kick to give the Lady Bulldogs an easy win. Bearden outshot CCS 20-3.

Bearden got off to a slow start against Independence in the opening game of the tournament Friday, but rallied to come away with a 2-1 win. Porter scored in the 27th minute on a Caroline Lutz assist and Rochester’s goal in the 78th minute on a Tessa Batchelor assist put the game away for good. Bearden cruised by Science Hill 7-0 in the semifinal game Saturday morning.

Porter scored two goals while Taylor Cravanas, Bithorn, Rochester, Lindsay Pompilio and Kate Beil scored goals as well. Rochester had two assists while Jennifer Gordon, Amanda Barton, Pompilio, Abbie Thumbler, and Kirsten Bodker also contributed with assists.

“We started off a little sluggish on Friday against a determined Independence team but after that we really started rolling on Saturday,” BHS coach Eric Turner said.

Having outscored its opponents 14-1 over the weekend, Bearden seems to be on the same page offensively and defensively.

“It’s just a growing process for us, right now I’m not a hundred percent confident,” Turner said. “We are still moving people in and out just trying to get people time in some combination but this week Taylor Cravanas in the middle had a great game, Sara Rochester had a great game.”

With the Lady Bulldogs hosting Farragut, tonight at 7 p.m., Turner is confident that his team will be ready to play.

“This is the game that Bearden players look for,” Turner said. “Right now the thing is I am a little concerned that we have a lot of new, young players that have not played in this game and we don’t know how they are going to react when they get in front of the crowd.

“But if we can get through that without making any mistakes and have the leadership with people that have played in that game, I think we will be alright. And it should be a great game.”

Looking at the Farragut team, one player stands out and poses a threat to the Bearden team according to Turner.

“What gives me an immediate concern is Serena Allen in the back,” Turner said. “She really covers a lot of ground back there for them and she is a very dangerous player and hopefully we can get her out of the play and that will help us out.”


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