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An eighth-grade Warrior phenom played a huge role in knocking off Class AAA’s No. 2-state-ranked Farragut Admirals.

Meanwhile, No. 1-state-ranked Cleveland remained unbeaten by drawing and converting a penalty kick with no time left in its game against No. 7 Bearden.

Christian Academy, motivated by the absence of two captains and the play of eighth-grader Ben Holt and his two goals, beat Farragut 2-1 Thursday, April 30, at FHS.

Two days earlier the SoccerDawgs let a 3-0 second-half lead slip away as Cleveland’s dramatic pk allowed for a 4-4 tie at BHS’s Bruce Allender Field (More on this game later in the story).

With CAK captains Philip Chesney and Doug Liedle out due to injury, “Basically, the subs said, ‘this one’s for you … what you did for us to get us to this point, this is our payback,” said CAK head coach Tom Gerlach, whose team improved to 10-2-3. The Admirals fell to 14-2-2.

For the Warriors, “Luke Miller in goal was outstanding,” Gerlach said. Senior Jake Ragland, though playing out of position at sweeper, “I think he played a heck of game.”

Individually for FHS, “Nic Muth played a good game, that’s about it,” FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said.

Farragut’s Sam Eddy scored on a first-half direct kick. Shea Beltran, FHS goalkeeper, blocked a pk shot in the second half.

As for Bearden’s disappointing tie, “I thought the buzzer went off, but there’s nothing you can do about it,” said SoccerDawgs head coach Eric Turner, whose team entered the week 11-2-4. “We cost ourselves. We didn’t get the ball out of the box, and that offsides there with 20 seconds left is what turned the ball over to them.”

Cleveland left BHS 14-0-3.

Individually, Turner said, “I thought Ryan Ramsey played well in the middle, Patrick Harmony played well in the middle, and Alex Wilkerson did an outstanding job today.” Bearden goals came from Billy Miller, Andy Sullivan, Sean Yoder and Wilkerson.

If Farrgaut won its semifinal game May 6 versus No. 5 Maryville, the District 4-AAA tourney title game would be at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field: 7 p.m., Friday, May 8.


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