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OT goal saves FHS soccer in sub-state


Wayman McLaughlin got the hugs and glad-handing for scoring the overtime goal that eventually sent Farragut’s boys into the Class AAA state soccer tournament.

But as first reported at Farragut First Edition, www.farragutpress.com, the standout junior defender set the record straight. It followed the Ads’ hard-fought 2-1 overtime win against Morristown West in sub-state action Saturday afternoon, May 16, at the Farragut Intermediate School field.

“Two of our guys, Ryan [Stinton] and Carlos [Ramos], I think, collided with two of their guys, and the ball split right in-between ’em. And I think the guy was trying to clear it out, and he accidentally flicked it into his own net,” McLaughlin said about the winning goal, coming off a Trevor Grieco throw-in, about four minutes into the second 10-minute non-sudden-death OT.

“Everybody started sprinting at me, so I just embraced it, I was happy,” McLaughlin added.


Next was a state quarterfinal game at Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro versus Henderson-ville Wednesday, May 20 (after press deadline). The team’s regular season game at FIS was 0-0.

A win would send the Ads into state semifinal play at 7 p.m. CDT today, Thursday, May 21, versus either No. 1 Cleveland (19-0-3) or Kingsbury (13-4-0). State title game is set for 2:30 CDT Saturday.

Though holding a sizable edge in scoring chances throughout its game with Region 1-AAA runner-up MWHS (15-4-5), the Region 2-AAA champ Ads (19-2-2) found itself trailing 1-0 at halftime.

FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said, “I’m not taking anything away from Morristown West, they came and played us much better than they did the first time (4-0 loss to FHS in preseason). But this was one of the worst games we’ve played in a long time. This is a character test.”

Individually, “A lot of the reason we’re still in this is because of Nic Muth,” Culbreth added about his standout defender. “He was the one who held the team together today as a leader, and he’s also the one who anchored that defense.”

Muth also came through offensively with a penalty kick to tie the game early in the second half.

“Ryan Stinton in the second half stood up real big,” Culbreth said about his standout midfielder.

FARRAGUT 3 BHS 0

Culbreth said his team “played really good defense” while praising the efforts of Muth, Stinton and midfielder Grieco while adding that McLaughlin and fellow defender Kendrick Schuettler “did a really good job on the outside holding it together.” Also instrumental in the shutout was FHS junior goalkeeper Steven Matlock. “He’s stepped in at keeper and done a great job.”

The Ads jumped ahead 1-0 less than 10 minutes into the first half when John Jester’s shot in front of the net from about 15 yards out went through the BHS goalkeeper’s arms and legs, making it 1-0.

With roughly seven minutes left in the second half, Angus McClellan’s header from about seven yards out nested into upper left side off the net. It was set up by Sam Eddy’s direct kick. “It definitely was Sam Eddy’s shot that made it happen,” McClellan said.

A couple of minutes later Eddy scored from about 10 yards out following a Ramos header.

 

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