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There was not a seat to be had at the District 4-AAA tournament championship soccer game between No. 1 seed Farragut and No. 2 seed Bearden — literally.

Rainy weather forced the game to be played on the Farragut Intermediate School field without a scoreboard, lights, a clock or grandstands.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition,, the state’s No. 2-ranked Ads (16-2-2) were able to overcome a slow start and defend “home” field by defeating archrival BHS 3-0 Friday, May 8, to claim the crown.

The No. 5 state-ranked Soccer Dawgs (12-3-4) put the heat on the Ads early, controlling much of the game in the first half, shifting momentum to the Ads. The half ended scoreless.

“We just had to take a different mental attitude in the second half, and we did,” FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said. “We quit talking about playing and we started talking about winning.”

The Admirals were able to strike first when Farragut senior John Jester took a long pass from fellow senior Angus MacLellan and put an amazing diving header into the back of the net.

Admiral teammate Trevor Grieco described the play as the “sickest header I’ve ever seen. It gave us a huge momentum swing.”

Jester said, “I was actually a little behind on the play. I saw Angus out on the wing looking like he was going to play a ball and I just tried to get there as quick as I could.”

Bearden head coach Eric Turner was disappointed in his team’s effort after a 3-1 regular season loss to the Admirals. This time he praised his team.

“I was really happy with the way we played,” Turner said. “We came out and did what we wanted to do, we just didn’t finish our opportunities. They had two or three really good opportunities and they finished on them. That’s just the game of soccer.”

According to Turner the difference in the game was Farragut’s strength in the box on both ends.

That strength was clear on Farragut’s next goal when junior Carlos Ramos put a header in off of a Grieco throw-in.

It was evident again on FHS’s third goal when Nick Muth banged home a shot from 10 yards.

Bearden and Farragut could meet again for the Region 2-AAA crown tonight, Thursday, May 14, at FHS if both won region semifinal games May 12: BHS at West and Oak Ridge at Farragut.


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