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Early exit for defending champs

The last Farragut High School sporting event played in front of the intact 30-year-old concrete stands at Farragut Stadium/Bill Clabo Field ended in heartbreak for the home team.

West sank the Admirals in its attempt to repeat as Class AAA boys soccer state champions. It happened with a sudden-death overtime goal for a 3-2 victory in the Region 2-AAA semifinals Tuesday, May 13.

The state’s No. 4-ranked Class AAA Rebels got a Tanner Thompson goal from about 15 yards out with 3:10 left in the five-minute sudden-death OT. Thompson took a failed header clear, raced down the right side and beat a charging FHS goalie.

Farragut, ranked No. 2 statewide, ends its season with a 19-2-2 record. West eventually earned a state tourney berth.

“We gave all we had, it’s just the odds went against us tonight,” FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said. “That’s all I want to talk about.”

Thompson put the Rebs up 2-1 with 3:15 left in the first of two 10-minute, non-sudden-death overtimes — but FHS answered fast.

Travis Bolton took a deflected header near the front of the goal and tied the game from about seven yards out, coming at the 1:45 mark of OT number one.

Cody McCoy put West ahead 1-0 with 17:15 left in the first half of regulation with a 30-yard bomb into upper right corner of the net.

Farragut’s Josh Holt answered with a tying goal at the 33:41 mark of the second half.


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