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FHS-Bearden state showdown?
SoccerDawgs romp Ads in region; both teams in Murfreesboro again

After losing to the Farragut Admirals in the 4-AAA District championship game a week ago, the Bearden Bulldogs were determined to not let that happen again.

The result was a 4-1 victory over the same Admirals team to win the Region 2-AAA soccer championship Thursday, May 17, at Farragut’s Bill Clabo Field.

In last week’s Farragut win, the Admiral defenders got the better of the Bulldogs’ forwards.

On this night, it was the opposite. “The key was we had one-on-ones with their defenders and our forwards,” BHS head coach Eric Turner said. “They pushed everyone up and our forwards beat them this time. “Last Friday their defenders got the better of us. ...”

Both team won sectionals (see page 17A) and earned state tourney trips to Mufreesboro.

The defending state champ SoccerDawgs (24-2-0) played Collierville Wednesday, May 23 (after press deadline). A win put BHS in the semifinals tonight (Thursday) against the Brentwood-Cookeville winner at 6:30 p.m. CDT on Field No. 2 at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.

If Farragut (16-3-5) beat Hendersonville Wednesday (HHS eliminated the Admirals last year before losing to Bearden in the finals), FHS would play the Houston-Blackman winner at 7 p.m. CDT Thursday.

A possible Bearden-Farragut state title showdown would begin at 5 p.m. CDT in the MTSU stadium.

“It’s not over with yet,” FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said. “My philosophy is when they tell us we can’t play anymore that’s when we will worry about it. But right now we will get another shot.”


Bearden’s Scott Hemmingway got the game’s first goal in the 19th minute with a near 50-yard kick into an open Farragut goal after goalkeeper Adam Greene came out to clear the ball.

“[Greene] did what he had to do,” Turner said of the play. “[Greene] and the defender got together and punched the ball out which is the smart thing to do, but there was no one there on the back side.”

In the 26th minute, Bearden’s Ryan Campbell juked a Admiral defender and poked in a goal to put the Bulldogs up 2-0. Aaron Schoenfeld put BHS up 3-0 in the 35th minute, punching a shot into the right side of the goal.

“They say two-nothing is the biggest fear in soccer, [but] three-nothing is the biggest fear when you come out and dominate a half like we did.” Turner said.

Farragut’s Ben Backstrom put the Admirals on the scoreboard with a goal in the 42nd minute. Two minutes later Bearden’s Nathan Zivi burned the Admiral defenders and scored to put BHS up 4-1.

Bearden goalkeeper Bryan Walker said, “We didn’t come out and give our best effort [May 11], but tonight we came out and put them down early.”

Bearden was able to take advantage of the small field and get its forwards several high percentage shots. “The small field helps us out with countering.” Turner said. “That affects a lot of our game and our forwards really played well ...”

Farragut outshot Bearden 16-13, but couldn’t get much past Walker. The Admirals had a second-half goal wiped away because of an offsides call.

“Bearden played a very good game and we didn’t,” Culbreth said. “It just wasn’t our night. We out-shot them, we just didn’t finish.”


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