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Rebound shots, ‘flat-back-4’

The flatback 4 defense and two rebound goals ended Farragut’s girls soccer season.

And with a rain-saturated field at Oak Ridge High School taking away some of Farragut’s speed advantage, the state’s top-10 ranked Lady Admirals lost 2-1 to No. 6 state-ranked ORHS in the Region 2-AAA semifinals Wednesday, Oct. 24.

FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay credited Oak Ridge’s “flat-back-4” defense as helping limit his team’s offensive threats.

“We weren’t able to get through,” said Lindsay, whose team finishes 2007 with a 17-4-1 record. “They looked good [with] it, they blocked the passing lanes, very disciplined. Very good job on defense.

“In the first half we were lagging behind the play too much, but we had our opportunities,” he added. “For some reason we weren’t able to get it in the goal.

“I wouldn’t say they outplayed us — they outscored us. In the second half we were taking it to ’em. It’s just a matter of not getting it in the net.”

Farragut beat ORHS 3-1 Sept. 20 at Bill Clabo Field.

Oak Ridge went up 1-0 at the 15:39 mark of the first half when Kaelyn Angelo knocked home a rebound goal after Megan Buzzeo’s diving save of a Lady Wildcat shot deflected to Angelo.

The home team made it 2-0 with 14:01 left in the game after an ORHS shot hit the crossbar and Angelo again was there to knock home the rebound.

“Being in place to put rebounds in is part of it, and they were there,” Lindsay said.

Had the playing surface been drier and faster, Lindsay said, “I think it would have made a difference, but you don’t know. We had to play the cards that we were dealt.”

Senior Morgan Plum’s scoring shot from 20 yards out on the left side cut the lead in half with only 1:48 to play. Farragut had one final, solid chance in the closing seconds, but a free kick from about 40 yards out sailed wide left of the goal.

The Lady Admirals missed a pair of open scoring opportunities in the box within the game’s first 17 minutes — a kick and a header that both sailed high.

Buzzeo had a pair of diving saves to prevent more Lady Wildcat damage, while senior Chelsea Schupp’s defensive play for FHS with 18 minutes left in the game kept the issue close.

“We didn’t outscore the other team, but we played hard,” Lindsay said. “We had a good year.”

Plum, Schupp and six other FHS seniors finished their careers: Casey Ulrich, Amanda Bolling, Kaila Beasley, Joslyn Johnson, Megan Satterfield and Shannon Schell. “It’s one of the best groups I’ve had,” Lindsay said.


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