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Late goal rallies Lady SoccerDawgs past Oak Ridge 3-2

Bearden soccer head coach Eric Turner has been waiting for a game like this all season. The coach finally got his wish when the Lady Bulldogs came out with a 3-2 win over rival Oak Ridge Thursday, Oct. 5, at BHS’s Bruce Allender Field.

The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead after a Shaina Ricituti goal in the sixth minute. Seconds later, severe thunderstorms rolled in and the game was delayed an hour-and-a-half.

“The rain scared us for a little bit because we didn’t think we were going to come back,” senior Mary Alex Rochester said. “It kept on raining and we didn’t think we were going back but then Turner called and said we were playing, so everyone was caught off guard. But we came down, warmed up and we were ready to go.”

On the restart, Oak Ridge continued to show its dominance and Trenna Howell gave the Lady Wildcats a 2-0 lead in the 20th minute.

“Against good teams we can’t make mistakes and we did today and they capitalized,” Turner said. “It’s a two half game and if we are going to play a bad half, do it in the first half and not the second half.”

The second half was a whole new ballgame.

The Lady Bulldogs (13-1-2 overall record entering the week) took the field in the second half with purpose as sophomore Amy Porter headed the ball in from a Mary Alex Rochester assist in the 41st minute to close the deficit 2-1.

“... The second half was all them, it wasn’t [assistant coach Linda] Radcliffe or I,” Turner said. “It was strictly our seniors and our captains and they got together and played a great game, so I am very proud of our girls.”

Freshman Taylor Cravanas scored off an Alex Meehan corner kick to tie the game at 2-2 in the 61st minute.

With a tie game heading into stoppage time Bearden took advantage of another Meehan corner kick and Rochester knocked in what proved to be the winning goal.

“It was a team effort, whatever our captains Meehan and Rochester said at halftime evidently worked and it’s a great time for us,” Turner said. “We have been waiting for them to step up as a team and they finally did it.”

Rochester said that she never doubted her team in this game, even when they trailed by two goals.

“We talked as a team and went in there and we knew we were going to get it back,” Rochester said. “We came from two goals back on them to finish it out so it was great. They always beat us to go to state so we just wanted to try our hardest to try and win this game.”


The Lady Bulldogs defeated Webb 2-1 Tuesday, Oct. 3, at home in a game very similar to Oak Ridge.

The only difference was that in the Webb game, Bearden started fast and struggled late.

Bearden got first half goals from Whitney Cole and Meehan. Katy Congleton scored the lone Webb goal in the second half.

“It was a tale of two halves, we played well the first half and Webb really took it to us. But we hung in there and closed out the game,” Turner said. “Going into this week we just wanted to make sure we were getting ready for state. This week we played two tough teams and for us to come back from Two-0 is incredible, it’s a great sign for us.”


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