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Rural Metro part of SoccerDawgs-LC tie


Already said to be rusty from an unexpected eight-day lay-off, Bearden’s boys soccer team had un unexpected 30-minute lay-off in the second half of a 1-1 tie with Lenoir City at LCHS April 7.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition, www.farragut-pres.com, April 7, Lenoir City senior defender Corey Johnson suffered a head injury that required emergency medical response with 27:47 left in the game.

Occurring in front of the LCHS net, Bearden senior forward Ryan Campbell was among a handful of players “going up for the ball, and the kid was guarding me. His keeper [Landon Monday] clipped him in the back of the head with an elbow.”

BHS head coach Eric Turner said Johnson “was knocked out cold, but he came around after a while.” Turner added that Rural Metro Ambulance responders “seemed to indicate he’d be O-K.” Johnson was carted off on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital. Lenoir City Fire Department also responded.


As for the game, Turner said his team (6-0-2 entering the week) was “definitely rusty” after the eight-day lay-off. “It showed in the first half. We lost some rhythm with the down time.

“We did O-K in the second half. Lenoir City really wanted this game. They were happy with a tie. “Lenoir City’s a quality team.”

The Panthers (2-3-2) scored first when Trae Wampler raced down the left side near the box and scored on a 15-yard shot with 6:40 left in the first half.

About the SoccerDawgs’ slow start, Campbell said, “We’ve done this all season. We’re going to need to bring it in the first half as well. We couldn’t fight back tonight.”

But trailing 1-0 at the half, Bearden did at least fight back to tie courtesy of Campbell.

His 18-yard, diagonal shot following a failed Panthers defensive clearing attempt evened the score with 31:20 to play.

The SoccerDawgs dominated play in the final 20 minutes but barely missed on open chances or were turned away by diving saves from Monday. “Their goalkeeper had some nice saves,” Turner said.

Bearden’s showdown battle versus archrival Farragut, originally scheduled for last Friday at BHS’s Bruce Allender Field but postponed due to weather and field conditions, has be reset: 7 p.m., Thursday, April 23, at Bearden.

The SoccerDawgs also have added a 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 18, home game versus Pope John Paul II.

BHS 3 SEVIER COUNTY 0

Andy Sullivan, Campbell and Seth Williams scored in a 3-0 District 4-AAA win at Sevier County Thursday, April 9. Bearden out-shot SCHS 18-3. Arik Jenkins, Alex Wilkerson and Carter Wykoff assisted.

 

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