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Ads flex national muscle; BHS rolls
FHS whips two of nation’s top-10 soccer teams in S.C.


Elated he’d beaten the school that captured last season’s high school soccer national champions, Farragut head coach Wallie Culbreth said strategy was critical in his No. 4 nationally ranked Ads (ESPN Rise) beating two top-10 nationally ranked teams in the annual Palmetto Cup in Columbia, S.C. April 7-10.

Dominating No. 6-ranked Northwestern, Rock Hill, S.C. with a 3-1 win Friday, April 9, the Admirals actually came from behind with goals from Sam Eddy, Carlos Ramos and Nick Peterson. Cody Newby had two assists, Ryan Stinton one.

Culbreth said strategy was key to success, using “different formations, marking up different men” and scouting Northwestern thoroughly in previous games.


“We had them so frustrated,” Culbreth added.

FHS held Northwestern to just three shots-on-goal (11-3 edge).

Farragut went on to blister No. 8 Wando, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., 4-0 Saturday, handing that school its first loss (13-1) while finishing its trip with a 4-0 recrod and improving to 9-0 overall. The Ads held a 9-6 shots-on-goal edge.

Paul Neuefeind tallied twice for Farragut, while Ramos and Andrew Hale each had one goal. Logan Whitman assisted twice, with Marshall Ishmael adding one assist.

“Paul Neuefeind is a sub at forward, and he did a great job,” Culbreth said. “Sam Eddy kept pressure on them as the other forward.

“Nicholas Muth was absolutely unbelievable,” Culbreth added about his All-state senior sweeper during the tourney. “Stephen Matlock [goalie] played well.

“My defense with Wayman [McLaughlin], Kendrick Sch-uettler and Marshall Ishmael was excellent.”

Culbreth said Miles Bergin used his “quickness and mindfulness” to shut down one of Northwestern’s top offensive threats.

The Admirals opened with a 1-0 victory against Norman North, Olka. Wednesday, April 7, with Eddy’s goal, assisted by Cody Newby, providing the difference.

Next victim was Pinewood Prep, Summerville, S.C., 1-0 Thursday, as Muth’s first-half goal stood up.

While Culbreth said “three of the midfielders that we played against are top five midfielders in the nation,” he added that FHS midfielders Stinton and David Jordan “held them to non-performances.”

But as a team, Culbreth said, “We had a hard time the first two games getting adjusted to a smaller field,” Culbreth said, adding

 

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