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Bearden finishes strong at West; FHS rips Karns

It might not have been the start the Bearden Bulldogs hoped for, but the ending was just as planned.

The Bulldogs kept its season alive with a 5-2 Region 2-AAA semifinal victory Tuesday, May 15, against host West.

After losing to Farragut in the District 4-AAA championship game, Bearden was matched up against District 3-AAA champion West — a situation Bearden didn’t want to be in.

“We really thought they were going to be playing Farragut so we didn’t want to be here, but it is what it is,” Bearden head coach Eric Turner said.

Meanwhile, Farragut advanced by blasting Karns 7-0 at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field. (More on the Admirals later in this story).

West’s Cody McCoy blasted the game’s first goal in the net dead center over Bearden goalkeeper Bryan Walker two minutes into the game.

Bearden’s Ryan Campbell tied the score 1-1 after tapping in a ball that was headed by Aaron Schoenfeld and blocked by West goalkeeper Gunes Akyldiz with 16:40 remaining in the half. Cesar Ruiz gave the Bulldogs the lead with a header on a direct kick from Ryan Radcliffe at the 9:45 mark.

West got a goal from Ben Cooper with 30 seconds remaining in the half to send the game to a 2-2 halftime tie.

Schoenfeld broke the tie with a goal with 28:35 remaining on a Campbell assist. Tom Webster, Gatorade’s Tennessee high school boys soccer Player of the Year, scored the fourth Bearden goal on a Schoenfeld assist to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead. Campbell scored the game’s final goal with 4:05 left.

Turner was pleased with the way his forwards performed in a must-win game.

“When they are on I believe we have the best forwards in the state,” he said. “And with Ryan in the middle we can do so much.

“Our guys really wanted it in the second half,” Turner added. “West played an awesome game, but our kids have been there and they know what they need to do to step up.”


Jake Russell’s first-half hat trick led the way, as Farragut (now 16-3-5) scored all seven goals in the first half. Ben Backstrom, Brendan Cook, Josh Riner and Josh Grossbard also scored.

Grossbard led in assists with two. Karns’ season ended 10-6-1.


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