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Early soccer success
Lady SoccerDawgs,Farragut both 4-0 after first week of ’07

Bearden’s fears of breaking in young players and Farragut’s fears of inexperienced goalkeeping weren’t realized on the scoreboard during the first week of girls’ high school soccer action.

“Our girls have been working hard, and fitness-wise they’re in great shape,” BHS head coach Eric Turner said about his team’s 4-0 start. “Especially in this weather. I’m proud of ’em, they gutted through it.”

The defending Class AAA state champion Lady SoccerDawgs knocked off Class A-AA champ Christian Academy of Knoxville 3-1 Wednesday, Aug. 22, one day after a 4-0 win against Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, both at BHS’s Bruce Allender Field.

Then came the annual Bearden Invitational Aug. 23-26, and easy wins against Father Ryan (5-2) Saturday and Science Hill (5-1) Sunday.

Farragut’s 4-0 start has been led by senior standout forward Casie Ulrich, with nine goals in her first three games. The Lady Admirals opened with a 3-1 win against Greeneville Aug. 21 at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field.

As for Ulrich, “She’s been on fire,” FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay said. “We’re going to have to look for other people to pick it up, they’re going to be marking her unbelievable.”

Ulrich said, “The team’s just working great together, and we’re just getting the job done.”

Bearden Invitational wins for FHS came against Pigeon Forge (5-0) Friday, Science Hill (6-1) Saturday and Father Ryan (2-0) Sunday.


Individually, Turner praised senior midfielder Lindsay Pompilio for having a “great year’ to date. “She’s been [sacrificing] her body, assists, showing great leadership.

“Ashley Howarth [sophomore forward] has had a great week. All of our forwards, Amy Porter, Samantha Turner, have done great. Sarah Canter [goalkeeper] has been getting better each game.”

Coming into the Invitational with three goals, Howarth added two more against Science Hill Sunday.

Despite early success, Howarth said that physically, “It’s pretty tough, they’re so much bigger. And they have seniors on their teams, so it’s hard being a sophomore because they have so much more upper body strength than you.”

Porter also scored twice Sunday, with Pompilio’s 22-yard scoring shot the other tally.

Against KD-B, Howarth led with two goals, along with Porter and Pompilio. Against CAK, Howarth, Pompilio and Gianeselli scored.

Senior midfielder Jenni Gordon added, “Our defense is really doing awesome” despite missing two starters with injuries.


“We’re playing well together when it counts right now,” Lindsay said.

Individually, the FHS skipper praised junior midfielder Alyssa Dresen for her versatility. “If we have a need, we take her from where she’s at and plug her in where the problem is.”

On Dresen’s goal from about 10 yards out against Father Ryan, making it 2-0 with 11:03 left in the game, the junior praised freshman Ashley Reveiz for her assist pass. Mindy Hopkins scored the game’s first goal early in the second half.

Hopkins, Reveiz, Whitney Newby, Sarah Miller and Rachel Hill have scored other FHS goals in its first three games.

Lindsay said back-up goalkeeper Hayley Newby “is doing a good job.”


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