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Early soccer season highlighted by BHS Invitational
Hardin Valley excels; Bearden, FHS make statements

While the high-scoring Hardin Valley Academy Lady Hawks left Bruce Allender Field perfect in three soccer games during last weekend's annual Bearden High School Invitational, the host Lady Bulldogs got big-time revenge.

Having been knocked out of state title contention by Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett last fall, the BHS girls crushed the Lady Indians 5-0 Sunday, Aug. 29, scoring all five goals in the first half.

Ashley Howarth, a two-time All-state forward and one of 10 returning Bearden starters from last season, said about beating KD-B, “We knew we had to come out strong and show them they're not going to knock us out this year.”

Bearden enters the week 4-1 while Dobyns-Bennett fell to 1-3.

(Details on Farragut, 2-1 in the tournament and 3-1 overall, and HVA, 3-0 in the tourney, 4-0 overall, later this story)

Samantha Turner, BHS junior who’s also a two-time All-state forward, led the way with a first-half hat trick (three goals), while Rebecca Stover and Jessica Logan also scored for Bearden. Assists included one from Kristi Granger.

Having scored seven goals in her team's first five games, head coach Eric Turner praised Samantha. “She's had a great first five games,” he said. “I think she's got five or six assists. When she's on, she's very hard to stop.”

Samantha said, “I think I've got a lot more [areas] to improve, but I'm stepping it up trying to fill Amy Porter's spot.”

Also praised was defender Taylor Cravanas, part of a veteran BHS defense. “She's doing an outstanding job in the back,” the coach said of Cravanas' role in pulling off four shutouts in five games.

“Rebecca Stover's having a great year, our outside-mid[fielder]. She's got three or four goals now.”

Despite a 3-1 loss to Christian Academy of Knoxville (the only other team beside HVA in a 14-school Invitational field to go unbeaten), Bearden also blanked Webb School 6-0 and Father Ryan 3-0 after a season-opening 4-0 win at Maryville Aug. 24.

“I think that loss will be a wake-up call,” coach Turner said, adding about his team, “We've got a solid 11, what we're looking for now are the fill-in players.”

Farragut rebounded from a 3-0 loss to Father Ryan Saturday, Aug. 28, to edge Cleveland 2-1 Sunday.

Opening with a 1-0 win at Greeneville Aug. 24, the Lady Admirals began tournament play with a 5-0 win against KD-B Friday.

Lady Admirals head coach Dennis Lindsay praised senior standouts Mary Catherine Suhocki (sweeper), Lauren Ward (center-midfield) and Brandon Morgan (forward) for their versatility.

“Suhocki is fast, she's skillful, she's calm. Morgan is very quick, never gives up. Ward is very skilled. ... She's a coach on the field.”

Lindsay said junior forward Ashley Reveiz “has the potential to be great” if she gains more confidence. The FHS skipper praised goalkeeper Rebecca Perkins for helping FHS pitch the shutout at Greeneville. Alli Randall and Amalia Beltran “both played really good defense” at Greeneville.

Scoring an eye-popping 26 goals in its first four games, the HVA Lady Hawks have been led by the scoring prowess of Allie Kington, Grace Milner and Emily Smith.

As the team's leading scorer, Kington, a sophomore forward, “has added some explosiveness,” HVA head coach Becca Wilson said. “We have some really good dynamics on the field working together.”

Opening the season with a 9-2 spanking at Webb Aug. 24, the Lady Hawks blistered McMinn County 6-1 to begin its tourney play Thursday, Aug. 27. Hardin Valley also beat Sevier County 4-0 Aug. 29 and blanked Maryville 7-0 Sunday.


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