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SoccerDawgs tuning up for FHS showdown

The Bearden SoccerDawgs remained unbeaten after recording its third shutout in a row Tuesday night, April 14, at BHS’s Bruce Allender Field.

The Bulldogs, 10-0-2 overall after a 3-1 win at McMinn County Friday, April 17 (details later in this state), beat up on South-Doyle 6-0 in a performance that can only be described as dominating.

“Right now I think we are playing great,” Beardn head coach Eric Turner said. “Especially yesterday’s [April 13] game at Webb [6-0 win], we really dominated that game, played really well and the same for today, we really played well.”

Ranked No. 4 statewide in Class AAA, the SoccerDawgs’ rescheduled showdown with archrival Farragut, ranked No. 3 in state, (10-1-2) is set for 7 p.m., Thursday, April 23, on Bruce Allender Field.

Two days earlier Bearden played No. 9 state-ranked Maryville (9-3-1) at BHS (after press deadline)


Junior midfielder Alex Wilkerson started off the scoring bonanza after only six minutes, finding the back of the net on an assist from senior Ryan Campbell.

Minutes later, Wilkerson returned the favor, getting the ball to Campbell with a picture-perfect pass to the center of the field. Campbell took the pass and blasted a shot past the South-Doyle goalkeeper Sawyer Campbell to put the SoccerDawgs up 2-0 with 27:20 remaining in the half.

In the 22nd minute, junior Ben Ferguson added a goal set up by sophomore Nick Sisco.

Team captain D J Pleasant capped off the scoring in the first half with 2:53 remaining and the Bulldogs took a 4-0 lead into halftime.

“We just came out and everything was clicking for us,” Campbell said. “We played to our strengths and it worked in our favor.”

Meanwhile, Jamie White was doing all he could do to stay awake. The Bearden goalkeeper saw only one shot in the first half, and it was not a threat.

Wilkerson said, “It’s always a good thing to know that you can count on your defense to get a shutout. We’re playing well right now in the back and we’re putting a lot of goals on the board as well. We are really confident right now.”

In its 11 games played this year, the SoccerDawgs have outscored its opponents 41-7, and have five shutouts.

“We’re eliminating the little mistakes that caused us trouble earlier in the season,” said Turner, referring to the shutouts in the last three games.

With 14:24 remaining in the game, sophomore Seth Williams took a pass from Campbell and put in a header to increase the lead to 5-0.

The final goal was thing of beauty, a bomb off the left foot of junior Isaac Gwin that found the upper right corner of the goal from what seemed like 40-yards.


First-half goals by Sisco, Ferguson and Ian Little provided a nice cushion at 3-0 by halftime. Andy Sullivan and Sean Yoder assisted.

McMinn County’s record fell to 2-4-2.


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