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From emotional Senior Night to 4-AAA showdown?
No. 1 Bearden, No. 4 Lady Ads expected in 4-AAA tourney final

It’s hardly a shock to predict, but two of the state’s top four girls high school soccer teams were expected to battle for the District 4-AAA Tournament title.

Heavy favorites to win their semifinal district games Tuesday, Oct. 21 (after press deadline), No. 1 state-ranked and two-time defending state champion Bearden was expected to host No. 4 ranked rival Farragut in tonight’s tourney title game.

If both survived, opening kicks would be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, at Bruce Allender Field.

Region 2-AAA semifinal play is next Tuesday, Oct. 28, while the region title game is Thursday, Oct. 30.

Both teams finished regular season play strong and opened with convincing 4-AAA tourney wins Saturday at home: top-seed BHS 8-0 against No. 8-seed Heritage, and No. 2 seed Farragut 8-0 against No. 7 William Blount.

The Lady SoccerDawgs entered the week 16-2-1, while the Lady Ads were 15-3-2 , unbeaten in its last 14 games (12-0-2).


Six Farragut seniors were honored on Senior Night at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field Thursday, Oct. 16: Mindy Hopkins, sweeper; Ruth Cook, defender; Megan Buzzeo, goalkeeper; Alyssa Dresen, midfielder; Whitney Newby, midfielder/forward, and Devon Shanklin, midfielder.

How special are the 2008 seniors? “We had the best group of seniors as far as leadership goes, team chemistry and everything, since I’ve been the head coach,” said Dennis Lindsay, FHS head coach since the early 1990s. “They kept the chemistry the best we’ve ever had it, I believe. The players like ’em.”

As for the game itself last Thursday versus Ooltewah, a 3-0 Lady Ads win, Buzzeo continues an impressive streak.

The standout senior has not allowed a goal during Farragut’s unbeaten run.

Hopkins and Newby scored first-half goals — assisting each other — while sophomore forward Ashley Reveiz nailed a shot from about 20 yards out early in the second half. Junior Morgan Brandon assisted.

Ooltewah’s record fell to 8-7-2.

Cook said because the Lady Ads are “so bonded, so close … it’s going to give us an extra advantage over the other teams [in post-season].”

On an ultra-positive note, Newby predicted, “We’re definitely going to end this year with a state championship. I have no doubt.”


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