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Lady Ad surprise
FHS finds enough scoring, clips Bearden 2-1


The Farragut Lady Admirals soccer team looked like a team on a mission when it came away with a 2-1 victory over the Beardem Lady Bulldogs Thursday, Sept. 14, at BHS’s Bruce Allender Field.

“Anytime you win at Bearden it’s great,” Farragut head coach Dennis Lindsay said. “All I can say is we had a good game. We played well, I saw some mistakes that will hurt us that we can improve on, but overall they played their hearts out.”

The Lady Admirals (8-3 overall record entering the week) took control of the game early, making it nearly impossible for Bearden (7-1-2 overall record entering the week) to get into any type of rhythm offensively.

“We just didn’t shoot the ball today,” Bearden head coach Eric Turner said. “We didn’t have any aggressiveness going to goal or aggressiveness doing anything. Even when we would push six people up and only had four people back we couldn’t do anything with it.

“To Coach Lindsay’s credit, even on the corners they were still going to try and score goals and we had numbers up and we didn’t do anything with it. We had some bad breaks but that’s soccer, and congratulations to Farragut, they did a great job.”

Emily Harris scored the Lady Admirals first goal in the 20th minute and Casey Ulrich put Farragut up 2-0 with a goal from a Whitney Newby assist 10 minutes later.

“They came out in the first half and they put pressure on us and they attacked,” Turner said. “Coach Lindsay had them ready to play and evidently [assistant coach Linda Radcliffe] and I didn’t have our team ready to play and we paid for it.

“We gave up two soft goals and even though they are not having the year they are used to having, you can’t afford to do that against a team like that because they are going to be able to sit on [the lead] and close it out. And that’s what ended up happening.”

Bearden’s Amanda Barton scored in the 38th minute on a Caroline Lutz assist to close the deficit 2-1, but the Lady Bulldogs were never able to manufacture another score.

“It’s awesome, everybody expected us to come out not good this year because we lost so many seniors last year and the year before and we worked our butt off this preseason,” Farragut junior defender Serena Allen said. “We ran so much and we are happy to come out here and beat them. This is almost like a state championship final for us.”

With the strength of Bearden Lady SoccerDawg and Farragut High School soccer, the regular season match between the two perennial powerhouses is huge as far as rivalries and bragging rights are concerned. But when the two teams meet in the playoffs, much more is at stake.

“It was a great team effort, but the main thing is this win is not as important as the next time we see them,” Lindsay said. “This game is not the most important game we play Bearden.”

 

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