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Dominant SoccerDawgs reach state tournament with flurry of late goals against Sullivan South

Near total domination meant nothing on the scoreboard during the first 60 minutes of Bearden’s sub-state soccer showdown at Sullivan South Saturday, May 16.

The SoccerDawgs trailed SSHS 1-0 — until a three-goal flurry within a six-minute span, coming midway into the second half, paved the way to Murfreesboro. A 3-1 victory sends BHS (14-4-4) to its eighth Class AAA state tournament in 10 seasons. That began with a quarterfinal game versus Columbia Central (10-7-3) Wednesday, May 20 (after press deadline), at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.

A quarterfinal win puts Bearden in the state semifinals today, Thursday, May 21, against the Brentwood (16-4-3) versus White Station (16-3-1) winner at 6:30 p.m. CDT. State title game at the complex begins at 2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday, May 23.

About the state field, which includes Farragut (19-2-2) on the other side of the bracket, BHS head coach Eric Turner said, “Going into this year, everybody knew that it was kinda wide open. I think we’re kinda seeing that with all these different schools that haven’t traditionally made it before. They’ve all had to be good to get to where they’re at.”


“I thought we pretty much controlled the flow of the game, they only had five or six shots on goal,” Turner said. “But they scored on one of there’s, and in the first half we played O-K but we were definitely a little sluggish and they were a little jacked up.

“But in the second half we pretty much controlled the game, even though we didn’t score until late,” Turner added. “We had four or five golden opportunities to score, but just missed ’em wide.

“And then all of a sudden those shots started going in.”

Patrick Harmony’s goal midway into the second half, assisted by D.J. Pleasant, tied the game. Only a couple of minutes later, an Ian Little goal, assisted by Isaac Gwin, put BHS ahead 2-1. Less than four minutes later Billy Miller’s goal, assisted by Harmony, essentially sealed the Rebels’ fate.

According to BHS statistics, Bearden led in scoring-shot opportunities 26-9 and in shots-on-goal 13-7.

“Individually I thought Alex Wilkerson had a great game, and Patrick Harmony had an awesome game for us,” Turner said. “Seth Williams, defensively, had an awesome game.

“But it was pretty much a team effort,” the BHS coach added. “Everyone really played well. … One of our better team efforts in the second half of that game.”

Despite a 3-0 loss to archrival Farragut in the Region 2-AAA tourney title game May 13 (see related story on this page), Turner did credit his midfield for “an outstanding job.” That included Harmony, Wilkerson, Ryan Ramsey and Carter Wykoff.


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