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boys soccer previews: Farragut, SoccerDawgs ‘rebuilding’
Turner to trot out his youngest BHS team

Beginning his 12th year as Bearden boys soccer head coach in a career including three Class AAA state crowns and a national title, Eric Turner said he’s facing his biggest-ever challenge with youth and inexperience.

“We’re young and we’re going to be in a lot of close games this year,” Turner of his 2009 SoccerDawgs. “We lost nine, ten seniors last year, and basically we’re bringing in a bunch of guys that have never played varsity. Good players, I think they can do well. But they’re going to have to do it on the field.

“The team is going to have to grow over the season to figure out where they’ll end up. Scoring goals is my No. 1 concern.”

Forward Ryan Campbell, senior All-Region 2-AAA and District 4-AAA honoree last year, “Is going to have to step up ... he’s got great speed and finishes real well.”

Senior forward Ian Little “is a good little player ... works hard,” Turner said. He joins senior D.J. Pleasant as Campbell’s sidekicks. Sophomores Nick Sisco and Sean Yoder “are doing really well.”

Jamie White has a slight edge as returning goalkeeper, but Turner said Will Noggle “is challenging” White for the job.

Sophomore Seth Williams, an All-region honoree last season anchoring the BHS defense, “Is probably one of a our best players,” Turner said.

Scott Norman returns as a center-defender, while Isaac Gwin has one outside-defensive spot and Arik Jenkins and Garrett Ball are battling for the other spot.

Senior Patrick Harmony, a two-time All-region/All-district midfielder, “Is probably the best player on the team. He’s really going to be key for us in the middle of the field. ... Covers so much ground.”

Junior Alex Wilkerson also has earned a center-mid spot. In the midfield mix are Ben Ferguson, Carter Wykoff, Billy Miller, Andrew Sullivan and Adam Wojnar.

Other players seeking playing time are Landon Burke, Sebastian Kimball, Ryan Ramsey, Xander Thumler, James Ferguson, Andrew Fulcher, Lowry Bender, Conner McCarty, Rapheal Robinson, Bryce Calhoun, Jeremy Francis, Nathan Collins, Joshua Francis, Chris Herndon, Brandon Mansfield, Oliver Fang and Chad Miracle.

Bearden opens at home versus Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett at 7 p.m., March 9, before hitting the road at Baylor March 11 and at West March 13.


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