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Lady SoccerDawgs end skid to FHS
Possible region rematch Thursday at Bearden


For the first time in the last five meetings, the state’s No. 7-ranked Bearden Lady SoccerDawgs beat No. 2 Farragut. This time it was for the District 4-AAA soccer championship as Bearden won 2-0 Thursday, Oct. 18, at BHS’s Bruce Allender Field. Bearden (17-2-1) came out with the victory, but Farragut (17-3-1) had its opportunities early. Two minutes into the match Lady Admirals senior Morgan Plum had a shot deflect off the crossbar. With 31:30 remaining in the half, Farragut junior Alyssa Dresen’s header sailed wide right on a corner kick. Nearly three minutes later, Lady Admirals junior Mindy Hopkins saw her shot sail just over top of the goal on a direct kick.

“When one of them didn’t fall the momentum kind of went the other way, but we had so many opportunities to score it was unreal,” Farragut head coach Dennis Lindsay said. “It’s just a matter of getting it in the goal. Four shots I know missed within six inches of being a goal and that was in the first half.”

Bearden was patient, but when it got its opportunities on offense the Lady Bulldogs capitalized. Junior Amy Porter knocked in Bearden’s first goal with 26:30 remaining in the first half on an assist from senior Brenna Mayfield. “I found the opening, took the shot and it just happened to go in,” Porter said. “After that we were on.”

A minute later, sophomore Ashley Howarth knocked through Bearden’s second goal on an assist from junior Caroline Lutz.

“Farragut came out and we knew they were going to be pumped up, and our defense sat back and took the pressure a little bit and we were going to score on our counters,” BHS head coach Eric Turner said. “We didn’t have many opportunities in the first 20 minutes, but the ones we did, we buried and that changed the game.”

Bearden appeared to score a third goal around the 18-minute mark, but it was wiped off because of a delayed off-sides call.

Farragut may have had its best chance to score right before the halftime whistle when the ball was fought for inches in front of the BHS goal before finally being cleared by Lady Bulldogs freshman Kimble Glover.

“I was pleased with the girls, they played a good game,” Lindsay said. “We just didn’t finish. We didn’t take advantage of our opportunities and that happens.”

In the regular season meeting, the game ended 3-3 as BHS blew a 3-1 halftime lead. Heading into the halftime with an identical margin, the Lady Bulldogs were determined to not let history repeat itself.

“Today our defense played solid,” Turner said. “Tessa Bachelor, Kate Beil, Kimble Glover and Taylor Cravanas did a great job back there. They shut them down and we talked about that at halftime. We weren’t going to let them come out and do what happened last time.”

Porter said, “We were a little mad about the last game because we knew we could have tried better, and all of us just worked really hard. We did what we had to do to get the win.”

Other games:

BHS 6 – Lenoir City 0

Freshman Samantha Turner led the way with three goals as Bearden defeated Lenoir City 6-0 Tuesday, Oct. 16 at BHS.

Caroline Gianeselli added two goals and Bodker scored one. Cravanas, Porter, Lindsey Pompilio, Gianeselli, Beth Aaser and Howarth contributed assists.

FHS 5 – Maryville 0

Senior Casey Ulrich scored two goals as Farragut beat Maryville 5-0 Tuesday, Oct. 16 at FHS.

Ashley Reviez, Hopkins and Ruth Cook each had goals while Lauren Ward, Reveiz, Kaila Beasley, Ulrich and Chelsea Schupp had assists.

 

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