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FHS-BHS soccer showdown tonight

No. 2-ranked Bearden and No. 6 Farragut put their girls soccer state rankings on the line when they meet tonight.

Opening kick for the Thursday, Sept. 18 showdown is 7 p.m, at BHS’s Bruce Allender Field.

While Farragut (3-1) is coming off a 4-0 thrashing to West Knox rival Christian Academy of Knoxville Sept. 9 at FHS, the two-time defending Class AAA champion Lady SoccerDawgs (7-2) won two of three games during the Collierville-Houston Invitational in Memphis Sept. 12-14.

After losing to Collierville 2-1 Sept. 12 — a rematch of the last two Class AAA state title games — Bearden edged Ravenwood 2-1 Saturday and Holy Names, Ohio went down 3-2 Sunday.


With a little first-half scoring help from the opponent, Bearden owned the second-half against West Tuesday, Sept. 9, at BHS.

The end result was a 3-0 victory, aided by a failed WHS clearing attempt in front of the net that was accidentally kicked into the goal, putting BHS up 1-0 at the 26:21 mark of the first half.

The champs then made breathing room.

(Story first reported in Farragut First Edition at

Rebecca Stover’s goal in front of the WHS net, assisted by a Samantha Turner pass, made it 2-0 with 20:25 left in the game.

Ashley Howarth’s goal from 12 yards out with 4:42 to play was assisted by Caroline Lutz.

Praising his defense, BHS head coach Eric Turner said it was “huge” that junior goalkeeper Michelle Heath recorded her first career shutout.

As for other top efforts, “Amy Porter had a great game today,” Turner said about his senior All-state forward. “Rebecca Stover [midfield], I thought for a freshman she’s been playing well but today she really stepped up and did a good job.”

Defensively, “Tessa Batchelor, Kimble Glover and Taylor Cravanas in the back really kept us out of trouble all night.”


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