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No. 3 BHS honors seven seniors; No. 11 Lady Ads also win
Lady SoccerDawgs versus FHS showdown anticipated tonight

Seven Bearden Lady SoccerDawgs seniors look to lead their program to a third Class AAA state title in four years.

All seven were honored on BHS Senior Night at Bruce Allender Field Tuesday, Oct. 13, as No. 3 state-ranked Bearden (18-1-0 entering the week) whipped Notre Dame 4-1.

With Bearden and No. 11 Farragut (13-4-4 entering the week) both easy winners in round one of the District 4-AAA tourney Saturday, the rivals are on a collision course to meet at 7 p.m., tonight, Thursday, Oct. 22, at BHS in the 4-AAA title game. Both teams needed to win semifinal games Tuesday (after deadline).

Bearden’s seven seniors sounded off about their high school soccer careers coming to a close.

All-state forward Ashley Howarth, out about three weeks after a cut on her foot required 15 stitches, said she's unsure if she'll play college soccer after scoring one goal versus the Lady Irish.

Standout defender Taylor Cravanas said facing the end of her career “is tough, I don't want to leave it. It's been a very big part of my life.”

Goalkeeper Michelle Heath, who said she plans to become a missionary, said upon first playing BHS soccer, “It was a whole new unity. ... On my mission trips it's another way that I learned just work with everyone and get to know people.”

Kirsten Bodker said a third state title “would be amazing; we definitely need to keep working hard and playing as a team.”

Back-up goalkeeper Courtney Johnson said her Bearden teammates “are my second family, I love these girls.”

Nicole Galante echoed Johnson's sentiments about Bearden being a close-knit team.

K. J. Brooks, who had one assist against ND, said, “It's just starting to hit me that I'm a senior. ... It's just really sad.”

Against ND, sophomore forward Kristi Grainger led Bearden with two goals after recently being named team player of the week. “The last three games she's kinda come into her own, starting to figure it out and learn what she has to do to be a consistent goal scorer,” BHS head coach Eric Turner said.

Praised for a second-half assist by Turner during the game, junior Caroline Gianeselli “has been a great forward for us this year,” the coach said.

Samantha Turner also scored against Notre Dame (9-2-2).


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