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Collierville hangs close but Bearden survives


MURFREESBORO — In close games sometimes a little change makes a big difference. For Bearden’s Alex Widmer that was the case in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 win over Collierville in the state quarterfinals, Wednesday, May 23, at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.

The junior was a second half substitute with nearly 25 minutes remaining in the game.

Five minutes later, Widmer put the game’s only goal through the net to help the defending state AAA champion Bulldogs move to the next round.

“I just got subbed in and my adrenaline was pumping and a couple crosses came through and I decided to crash and it ricocheted off me and went in,” Widmer said. “It was pretty tough, but we fought through it and did what we had to do. It wasn’t going to be a given game, we just had to give 100 percent and put it through.”

In a game that saw a lot of defense and a little offense, Bearden head coach Eric Turner had nothing but positives to say about the opponent.

“Collierville really played a great game,” Turner said. “They really defended us well. They put in a great defense to try and stop us and we were fortunate to get that one goal.”

In a game this close, a lot of times a mistake makes the difference. Fortunately for the Bulldogs they didn’t make one and they were able to capitalize on Collierville’s.

“At this point it’s just two teams going at it real hard and unfortunately a game like this comes down to a mistake,” Turner said. “But we were there to finish it up.”

It might have been the best game Collierville played all year, but for the defending champions that is expected.

“Being defending state champions we can’t come in and know we are going to win everything or get to the next game,” Widmer said. “Every game is our last game and we can’t hold anything back.”

 

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