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FHS 'most enjoyable' season ended
No. 5 Oak Ridge ends No. 4 Lady Ads soccer season in region

An outstanding season isn’t always measured in state championship trophies and once-in-a-lifetime superstars.

Farragut Lady Admirals soccer, ranked No. 4 statewide, had its 2008 season ended by No. 5 Oak Ridge 3-0 in the Region 2-AAA semifinals Thursday, Oct. 28, at ORHS.

Yet Dennis Lindsay, FHS head coach since the early 1990s, proclaimed 2008 “probably the most enjoyable season I’ve had, the kids were fantastic this year. Very close-knit group, very nice.”

Farragut ends with a 16-5-2 record.

Also proclaiming his team overachieved this season, Lindsay said he’s confident his 2009 squad will carry on the leadership displayed by 2008 seniors Mindy Hopkins, (sweeper), Ruth Cook (defender), Whitney Newby (midfielder/forward), Megan Buzzeo (goalkeeper) and midfielders Devon Shanklin and Alyssa Dresen. “The players now see how it is to have good leadership.”

After the game, Hopkins said about her FHS career, “I don’t even know if I can describe how amazing this experience has been. I’ve met some of my best friends through this team. We’ve become a great family, and I love every single one of them.”

Cook said, “It’s not fun losing a game, especially the last game of your senior year knowing you’re not coming back. But this year was probably my favorite year out of all of ’em. … We were so bonded, so close.”

Newby said she “was so proud of this team, we got so much further than I thought we would. We’ve really bonded. … We’ve had so much chemistry. I’m so proud of us.”

Dresen said she “couldn’t believe it’s done. We’ve been through a lot, all four years. It’s crazy to think it’s over. But we can look back and look at all the memories.” About next season, Dresen added, “Hopefully we left something good for them that they can build upon.”

Buzzeo said the season “came by quicker than I thought it would, and ended faster than I wished it would. But we played with the most heart I’ve ever seen, like, any of our teams have ever played with.”

Also praising the team’s underclassmen for their contributions, Buzzeo added the team “gave it all they had in this game, and they didn’t give up.”

Shanklin said 2008 “was probably my favorite, we had a close-knit team. Every game, everyone went out and played their hardest, especially in this Oak Ridge game. Everyone out there gave one-hundred percent.”

Ending with a 14-8 edge in shots-on-goal, Oak Ridge ( 19-3-1) broke the scoreless tie when Kaelyn Angelo converted an open shot from about 12 yards out with 11:59 left in the first half.

About the game, Lindsay said, “They got up on us and we didn’t seem to have any offense going. Then we started gambling, and when we gambled they scored a couple more goals. It was a pretty tight game, really.

“I believe if we’d scored first we’d had a heck of a shot at it,” Lindsay added, “’Cause I wouldn’t have had to cut my defense in half and do a lot of gambling."

Jennifer Lee took advantage of that “gambling,” scoring on a one-on-one breakaway opportunity with about 15 minutes to play for a 2-0 Lady Wildcats edge.

Angelo added the absolute knockout punch with her second goal, this one about eight yards out, with less than three minutes remaining.

“I have to give Oak Ridge credit, they took it to us,” Lindsay said.

The Lady Wildcats advance to play at No. 1-ranked Bearden (19-2-1), a 3-0 home winner versus West in the other region semifinal, in the 2-AAA title game starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30.


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