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Muddy soccer at BHS Invitational
SoccerDawgs rip Houston, stay unbeaten awaiting FHS

Bruce Allender Field was such a sloppy mess the SoccerDawgs decided to play only on one half of the field. Well, one may have thought that after Bearden (5-0-1 record) dominated German-town Houston for a 3-0 win in the Bearden Invitational Saturday night, March 28.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition, March 29, Bearden dominated play but didn’t score until the 5:06 mark of the first half behind Ryan Campbell — and even that did not come easy.

Seconds earlier Houston’s keeper had just made what seemed like his 15th save, robbing Sean Yoder with one of several sliding stops. The rebound ended up on the Campbell’s foot and the senior banged it home from about 20 yards out.

Earlier the Bulldogs had a Nick Sisco goal negated due to an off-sides call. But once Campbell found the back of the net it was all downhill for Houston.

Junior Alex Wilkerson gave the Dawgs some breathing room when he put in a gorgeous chip shot that barely passed under the crossbar and the outstretched hand of Houston’s net-minder with 1:47 remaining.

Junior Patrick Harmony almost added another before the end of the first half when his header hit the left goal post.

When the second half started it was more of the same, and with 16:50 remaining senior Ian Little put the game out of reach with a blast from about 40 yards that blistered the upper left corner.

“The whole team is playing strong,” said Wilkerson. “We’re working together and we’re playing our game.”

Bearden went 3-0-1 for the week, one of those victories coming outside of the tournament at Hardin Valley Academy, Tuesday, March 24. The SoccerDawgs have outscored its opponents 15-1 in its three wins this week.

The only blemish on the weekend for the Bulldogs was its 1-1 tie against Hendersonville. “The tie we had yesterday [Friday, March 27] was difficult because we wanted it really bad,” Wilkerson said. “We just had some unlucky breaks.”

Head coach Eric Turner discussed the team’s success after the game. “Alex Wilkerson has had a great weekend. Sean Yoder has had an awesome weekend,” Turner said. “And our defense has had a good weekend also, when you can hold Hendersonville the way we did and shut Houston out, I am very happy with that.”

The SoccerDawgs will host archrival Farragut beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, April 3.


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