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Routs, close call for FHS soccer

Minus his “quarterback” and two other key Admirals, Wallie Culbreth’s Farragut boys soccer team had to scratch and claw to get past District 4-AAA foe Lenoir City 2-1 Friday, March 14, at LCHS.

But with a high-powered goal scorer emerging in the Admirals’ line-up, and several other top performances pointed out by coach Culbreth, the defending Class AAA state champs begin 2008 at 3-0.

The other two wins were blowouts: 8-0 at Kingston Monday, March 10, and an 8-1 drubbing of district foe Sevier County Wednesday, March 12, at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field.

But against Lenoir City, “When you pull your quarterback out, which is what Jake Holt is, it makes a big difference in how you run your team,” Culbreth said about missing his standout center midfielder against the Panthers. “And so I had to put other people in there who did a good job — they’re just not Jake Holt.

“But like I told [the players], ‘30 days from now nobody’ll remember the score was two-to-one.’”

Others missing from the FHS line-up were key players Trevor Grieco and Josh Grossbard.

Farragut goals against LCHS came from Travis Bolton, who already has six goals this season, and Will Beuerlein. Assists came from Joseph Muth and Tyler Mottern.

Individually over the first three games, “Tyler Mottern is playing extremely well,” Culbreth said about his senior midfielder. “Jake Holt and Joseph Muth, they just control the field from defense [Muth] to midfield [Holt]. They’ve just done a marvelous job.”


Against Sevier County, “I thought we played exceptionally well and we’re moving the ball around really good,” Culbreth said.

Bolton led the way offensively with a hat trick (three goals) while Holt added two. Josh Riner, Brian James and Will Dallery each knocked home one goal.

Grossbard led in assists with two, while Tyler Pack and Bolton also assisted on goals.

“The team’s coming about and getting to know each other, and that was proof in how we moved the ball around,” Culbreth said.

Against Kingston, Bolton scored twice. (No other details available at press deadline)


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