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SoccerDawgs sent packing

Eric Turner’s most challenging season of the millennium as Bearden boys soccer head coach ended in an upset loss at home.

The third-seeded Maryville Rebels shrugged off a 4-1 regular season loss to BHS and ended the No. 6 Class AAA state-ranked SoccerDawgs’ bid for state tourney action in Murfreesboro.

A 2-1 Rebel upset at Bruce Allender Field Wednesday, May 7, in the District 4-AAA semifinals was Bearden’s earliest tourney exit in a decade and capped the BHS season with an 11-5-2 record.

“Basically, Maryville came out and played a better game than we did,” coach Turner said. “Maryville came out and dominated the game pretty much after the first 10 minutes.

“We didn’t have the intensity and the passion we needed.”

An Aaron Schoenfeld goal from Ryan Campbell’s assist less than 10 minutes into the game put BHS 1-0 before the collapse. Maryville outshot Bearden 7-6.

“This team wasn’t good enough to have a bad game and move on,” Turner said. “Our defense gave up a couple of soft goals.”

Turner did praise sophomore midfielder Patrick Harmony. “He had a solid game, he’s been solid all year,” the coach said.

With only 11 wins this season, “It’s probably the lest amount of wins since 1998.” Turner said. “After Spring Break we were hit-or-miss. … We needed to grind out and churn out victories in games [where] we didn’t play well.”

Among numerous young players at midfield, defense and in goal, Turner said freshman goalkeeper Jamie White “had a great season for us. … Seth Williams, another freshman who played a lot of time on defense, was probably our best defender this year.

“The future looks bright now, we had a young class — and the J-V guys had a great year.”

Schoenfeld and fellow standout forward Tom Webster highlight Bearden’s 2008 senior class.

“With Tom and Aaron being All-state players, and Tom being an All-American, it’s hard to replace guys like that,” Turner said. “Kevin Davis, Eric Bidinger, Justin Nash and Evan Simpson all stepped up as seniors and really got their first major minutes this year. They had a good year, too.”


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