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No. 1 Admirals ‘JV’ SoccerDawgs


The Farragut Admirals boys’ soccer team continued its quest for an unbeaten season with a convincing 3-0 victory against Bearden, Friday, April 18.

The Admirals, ranked No. 1 statewide in Class AAA, improved its record to 14-0-1 and 6-0 in District 4-AAA with a strong offensive attack and stonewall defense in front of a nearly packed house at Farragut’s Bill Clabo Field.

“We love to play Bearden,” Farragut head coach Wallie Culbreth said.


For the No. 5 SocceDawgs (7-3-1, 2-1-1 entering the week), the loss was its second in three games, the other a tie. Bearden head coach Eric Turner sat the majority of the starters for the game’s first 26 minutes.

By the time they entered the game, Bearden trailed 2-0. “Right now nothing is working, we are just in a funk right now,” Turner said. “We have too many people on the team that have other priorities besides soccer. When soccer becomes their focus and they want to play we will be dangerous. When it’s not, it is what it is.

“I think some of the people have kind of taken their positions for granted,” Turner added.

Farragut’s Tyler Mottern scored the game’s first goal with 29:05 left in the first half on an assist from Travis Bolton.

Bearden keeper Jamie White made two saves before Andrew Moser knocked it in after a rebound with 21 minutes remaining in the half to put FHS up 2-0. Trevor Grieko assisted.

“[White] made the saves he had to make, but we cannot get the ball out of the box,” Turner said. “We struggle clearing the ball out and against good teams you are going to pay.”

Farragut made the most of Bearden’s mishaps inside its box. With 4:30 left before halftime, White stopped a Bolton shot, but Bolton got the rebound and tapped it in to give FHS a 3-0 lead.

“People told us all of our wins were ugly and we didn’t have the forwards to get the job done and our defense couldn’t hold their forwards,” Mottern said. “We set a game plan, stuck to it and everybody played awesome today and we played like a team.”

The SoccerDawgs only managed two shots on goal, while FHS outlet passes allowed consistent attacks on the Bearden goal.

“I have to give credit to Aaron Stinton, Joseph Muth, Drew Hemeter and Will Beuerlein,” Culbreth said. “They are all four seniors and they played like seniors. They know what it is like to be in a big pressure game and they played like it tonight because our defense did a great job shutting down their high powered offense.”

Meanwhile, Turner said he wants “to reward the kids that were working hard and send a message to the other ones. ... We are struggling to find our identity.”

 

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