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Ads whip top-10 pair in soccer

Off just a fraction with a number of scoring attempts while failing with an offensive experiment, Farragut’s boys soccer team still hung on Wednesday, April 15, against a state-ranked foe.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition, April 15, the No. 3-ranked Class AAA Admirals slid past No. 8-ranked Maryville 2-1 at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field.

“I thought we played really well; unfortunately, the best player on their team happened to be the post tonight, or the score would have been much different,” FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said.

While Maryville fell to 9-3-1, the Ads improved to 10-1-2 entering the week following a 3-2 win against No. 10-state-ranked West (8-3-2) two days later at FHS. (Details later in this story).

The Ads travel to No. 4-state-ranked Bearden (10-0-2 entering week) for a 7 p.m. rivalry showdown Thursday, April 23.

Against MHS, Farragut took a 2-0 lead less than 15 minutes into the game. Kendrick Schuettler’s header from about 10 yards out followed a Marshall Ishmael corner kick at the 29:18 mark.

Brandon Klarner’s header from about 12 yards out made it 2-0 with 25:35 left in the half, coming off a feed from Nic Petersen. “It deflected off a defender and went over the keeper,” Klarner said about his goal. “We got a quick lead and then we kinda relaxed, I guess, but we toughed it out.

Maryville caught the Admirals’ defense off-guard late in the half and Rebel David Lethco scored on a breakaway attempt with less than two minutes left. However, “After they scored we came back and we held our own,” FHS forward Will Dallery said “We kept hustling out there.”

Individually, Culbreth said he was “really proud of Will Dallery tonight, he’s a substitute forward for me. He came in and put on really good pressure.

“Brandon Klarner played really well,” he added. “Trevor Grieco and Ryan Stinton hold down the middle good days and bad days.”

Against West, all three FHS goals came in the first half: Grieco off a throw-in mishandled by the WHS goalie; after West tied it, Carlos Ramos scored, assisted by Stinton, on a play labeled “well-executed” by Culbreth. John Jester scored on a header with less than two minutes remaining.

“He’s the super-sub, he’s in for two minutes and scored a goal,” Culbreth said of Jester. “Sam Eddy played well, my other forward.”


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