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Lady SoccerDawgs bounce back from region loss to Farragut, earn state trip with win at Greeneville

The Bearden Lady Bulldogs defeated Greeneville 4-2 Saturday, Oct. 28 in a Class AAA sectional match to keep its season alive and go to state.

Bearden (19-3-2) played in the state tourney quarterfinals against Houston Wednesday, Nov. 1 (after press deadline) in Chattanooga.

Mary Alex Rochester got the Lady Bulldogs on the scoreboard first on an assist from Abbie Thumbler in the 42nd minute.

Amy Porter scored on a deflected shot in the 53rd minute to give Bearden a 2-0 lead. After two quick Greeneville goals, the score was tied 2-2 in the 63rd minute.

Three minutes later, a handball call in the box gave the Lady Bulldogs a penalty shot. Alex Meehan capitalized and gave Bearden the 3-2 lead.

In the 75th minute Porter scored again off of another deflection to seal the match 4-2.

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Lady Bulldogs came out with a 1-0 victory in overtime at West to keep its season alive in the Region 2-AAA semifinals.

Porter’s overtime goal in the 107th minute was the clincher, but Lady Rebel freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Cody didn’t make it easy.

“All I can say is West came out to play today,” Bearden head coach Eric Turner said. “They played absolutely outstanding and their goalie, Cody, single- handedly kept them in the game, there is no doubt about it.

“The sad part is we are going to have to face her three more years.”

The Lady Bulldogs had a 15-3 shots-on-goal advantage, but were unable to get anything past Cody until the very end.

“Our girls stayed on it and we finally got that goal at the end,” Turner said. “I think it was a fair result to a great game.”

Entering the match, Bearden knew that West was going to be tough.

“West had something to prove since they got moved out of our district,” Turner said. “We have always known they were one of the better teams in Knox County, they just had to get through us and Farragut all the time and they played well today.”


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