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FHS 3-0-1 at ‘Cup’
Soccer Ads ‘one goal’ from much bigger doings at Palmetto Cup

Though Farragut remained unbeaten after a stern test at the 2008 Palmetto Cup in Columbia, S.C. last week, a slightly bitter taste remains.

Finishing 3-0-1 among a 16-team field featuring top teams from South Carolina plus Oklahoma and Virginia schools, Farragut head coach Wallie Culbreth couldn’t forget “the one that got away.”

A 1-1 tie against Eastside, S.C., Thursday, March 27, prevented the Admirals (6-0-1 overall record entering the week) from advancing out of its four-team pool. Farragut settled for fifth-place.

“The team that advanced tied us, and they scored in the last 30 seconds,” Culbreth said. “I had told my kids to mark this particular player, and they let him loose and he scored.” Will Beuerlein scored the lone FHS goal.

As for the tiebreaker to advance, “They scored one more goal than us [in the tournament],” Culbreth said. “Allowing that one goal and not scoring one more goal kept us from a top-five ranking in the nation.

“We should have advanced and had a chance to bring Spring Valley [S.C.] down,” he added about the eventual Cup champ at 5-0. “I watched them three times and we were the better team.”

Despite playing in what he called, “the toughest bracket,” Culbreth added, “I think we played really well.”

Though fifth, the Ads actually took second in team points (31).

Individually, “Ryan Stinton had an outstanding tournament,” Culbreth said about his sophomore defender.

“Steven Matlock stepped in at keeper halfway through the tournament and played really well,” he added. “Jake Holt [midfielder] played exceptionally well.”

Farragut opened with a 6-0 drubbing of Emerald, S.C., led by Tyler Mottern’s two goals. Travis Bolton, Beuerlein, Brian James and Marshall Ishmael added one goal each. Assists came from Josh Grossbard and Tyler Pack.

A 2-1 victory against Lexington, S.C., Friday, March 28, featured goals from Joseph Muth and Sam Eddy. Drew Hemeter, Beuerlein and Ryan Stinton assisted.

The Admirals earned fifth-place with a 4-1 victory against Cardinal Newman, S.C., Saturday, March 29.


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