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Back to state for Turner, BHS Lady SoccerDawgs

Gone with the wind — to the Class AAA state soccer tourney once again.

With a stiff wind affecting play at Bearden’s Allender Field, the defending Class AAA state champion Lady SoccerDawgs got a scare from Greeneville in the Sectional final Saturday, Oct. 27.

Though crushed 7-0 by BHS during the regular season, the Lady Green Devils used the wind to its advantage in the first half and claimed a 1-1 tie at the break.

But the state’s top-10 ranked Lady SoccerDawgs got the favorable wind in the second 40 minutes, and with Lindsay Pompilio’s go-ahead goal, a rebound shot from 15 yards out with 35:36 to play, BHS eventual earned another state berth with a 2-1 win.

“I didn’t think it was going in,” said Pompilio, a senior. “I didn’t think it was powerful enough, but it slid in there.”

Bearden head coach Eric Turner’s team improved to 20-2-1 heading to state this week.

“We were fortunate, Greeneville came out and they were the ones playing like a team that wanted to go to state,” Turner said. “We were just out of it. In the first half I think the wind helped them a little bit —whoever had the wind kinda controlled the field. I thought we did a better job of controlling the field in the second half.”

Bearden played No. 6-ranked Houston (18-5) in the state quarterfinals Wednesday, Oct. 31, (after press deadline).

If BHS won Wednesday, it will face the winner of No. 3 Franklin (18-1-3) versus No. 5 Siegel (16-7-1) at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 1, at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga. The AAA state title game is set for 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at GPS.

The survivor from among Top-ranked Collierville (17-0-5), Oak Ridge (15-5-3), Ravenwood (9-6-6) and Soddy-Daisy (13-6-2) awaits in the title game.

“I know its going to be pretty hard, as tough as it was last year, but as long as we play like we know how to play, and take it to ’em, we can definitely win again,” said BHS All-state junior forward Amy Porter, the team’s leading scorer the past two seasons.

Porter put BHS up 1-0 on a goal from 12 yards out just 2:01 into the game. Samantha Turner assisted with a crossing pass to an open Porter just inside the box.

Creating more scoring opportunities than BHS during the last 32 minutes of the first half, Greeneville tied it 1-1 at the 28:48 mark after a rebound goal from a deflected direct kick about 15 yards out.


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