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Soccer titans clash Friday at FHS
SoccerDawgs hungry to vent frustration?

It should be an angry Bearden boys soccer team storming into Farragut Stadium/Bill Clabo Field Friday night.

On top of losing the Class AAA state championship game to archrival Farragut 5-4 last spring thanks to a last-minute free kick, the state’s No. 5-ranked SoccerDawgs’ fur was further ruffled after a 2-1 home loss to No. 4 state-ranked West last Saturday.

The Admirals, top-ranked in Tennessee Class AAA and No. 8 nationally (10-0-1 record entering the week), will host BHS (7-2-0 to start the week) beginning at 8 p.m., April 18.

“I’m sure they feel that they have a vendetta to do here, but by the same token we’ve got a mission and that’s just one more step on our pole — to try to win that game,” FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said. “Both of us bank a lot of our season on how we do against each other.”

BHS head coach Eric Turner said after the loss to West, “We have got to be a better team, we are not a team right now. We are working towards that goal. If we come out and play like we did here today, they are going to eat our lunch."

Patrick Harmony, BHS sophomore standout midfielder/defender, labeled Farragut “a good team. It is always a good game between us and them. I think we will be ready for them, definitely.”

The showdown should be a chess match of sorts, especially when Bearden’s standouts forwards — led by the All-state duo of Tom Webster and Aaron Schoenfeld — attempt to crack Farragut’s experienced and talented midfield and defense.

“Bearden has an outstanding team,” Culbreth said. “To Eric Turner’s credit, he always devises a good game scheme whenever they play us. I always consider a match between Eric and I like a chess match.

“He’s constantly making adjustments and so am I.”

In terms of health, Culbreth said his Admirals were “in great shape” entering the week.


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