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SoccerDawgs rally past West to survive in 2-AAA

In its District 4-AAA soccer tournament championship loss to Farragut, Bearden head coach Eric Turner said the difference in the game was the Admirals’ strength in the box at both ends.

The SoccerDawgs’ weakness was exposed early in its Region 2-AAA semifinal matchup against crosstown rival West (14-5-2) May 12, when the Rebels twice found the net from inside the box in the first 11 minutes.

But there was plenty of fight left in BHS and the team rallied late in the first half and kept the momentum throughout the second half, mounting a comeback that would give them a 4-3 win.

With their season on the line, the SoccerDawgs stepped up its intensity. In the 34th minute, Seth Williams scored on a rebound after Alex Wilkerson’s blast from 20-yards was blocked.

Three minutes later opportunity knocked and the Bulldogs sent Wilkerson to answer the door when Bearden was awarded a penalty kick. “Wilkey” kicked it right and the goalie went left and the Dawgs tied the game. “P-K’s are mind games and I won that battle,” Wilkerson said.

In the second half Bearden took the lead when Ryan Campbell scored in the eighth minute.

Tied 3-3, Alex Wilkerson’s goal in the 23rd minute put BHS up for good 4-3. Williams assisted.

“I had the ball in my chest and I tried to take a shot and it didn’t work out that way,” Williams said. “I brought it down and there was a ton of movement in the box so I just slid it back in there and Wilkey had a great finish.”


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