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No. 4 West upsets No. 3 Bearden

The state’s No. 5-ranked Bearden Bulldogs soccer team is looking for more consistency after losing to No. 4 West 2-1 Saturday, April 12, at Bearden’s Bruce Allender Field.

“We didn’t deserve to win,” said Bearden head coach Eric Turner, whose team fell from a No. 3 state rank. “West played better than us the whole game. “

The Bulldogs (7-2 overall record entering the week) got on the scoreboard in the game’s second minute on a goal from Aaron Schoenfeld off an assist by Ryan Campbell. But it proved to be the last time Bearden had the edge.

“Our defense and our midfield need to get stronger,” Bearden sophomore Patrick Harmony said. “We need to be able to find the forwards’ feet and we need to win balls in our box that are in the air.”

After the opening goal, the Bearden forwards were completely shut down as West (7-2) controlled the pace of the game. The Rebels out-shot Bearden 16-8.

“When you got three of the best forwards in the state and you can only produce one goal you have to give credit to West,” Turner said. “They were just a better team tonight, and it is kind of how our year is going so far.”

Even after halftime adjustments, the Rebels continued to give Bearden all it wanted and then some as West’s Patrick Maloney scored with 36.40 left in the second half on an assist from Jack McCoy.

“They just came out harder than we did today,” Harmony said. “They wanted to win more and we didn’t win the balls in the box.”

With 35 seconds left Cody McCoy connected on a header from an assist by Michael Williams to give the Rebs the 2-1 advantage.

“We continued to make the same mistakes in the box defensively,” Turner said. “We are not committed to controlling our box and our forwards didn’t have a very good game today.”

As the Bulldogs are more than halfway through the regular season, Turner said changes need to be made if Bearden has any hopes of finishing the season strong.

“I have got to make changes, it is the same mistakes over and over,” Turner said. “Hopefully we can get to practice and work on it.

“There is only two people that are playing their best every game and that is Patrick Harmony and Seth Williams,” Turner added. “Jamie White [goalkeeper] had a great game too. He is a freshman and he came in and got it done.”


The Bulldogs beat Maryville 4-1 Tuesday, April 8, at MHS. Tom Webster had two goals for Bearden and Campbell and Tyler Koulavong scored the other goals. Schoenfeld, Kevin Davis and Williams had assists.


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