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State’s No. 2 SoccerDawgs post 4 ‘Invite’ shutouts

The state No. 2-ranked Bearden SoccerDawgs once again owned the annual Bearden Invitational, outscoring four “quality” opponents a combined 9-0 for four wins April 7-10 at BHS’s Bruce Allender Field.

“I thought we did a great job today, and I thought we had a great weekend,” said BHS head coach Eric Turner after a 3-0 victory against Siegel Sunday afternoon, April 10, at Bruce Allender Field. “We played a lot of quality competition.”

Bearden brought a perfect 9-0 record into the week.

With four straight shutouts, Turner said, “Both goalies and our defense played outstanding all. We created enough opportunities to win, so I was happy.”

Individually, Turner praised defenders Isaac Gwin, Seth Williams, Garrett Ball, Adam Wojnar, Chris Herndon and “rotating” goalkeepers Will Noggle and Jamie White.

“Our midfield has been awesome, Patrick Harmony, Carter Wykoff, Ryan Ramsey, Andrew Fulcher,” Turner added.

Williams, a junior, said, “This year, defense was going to be a key factor for us, and I though we’ve had a few players step up. We’ve had Adam, Garrett and Isaac in the back, and we’re playing for each other, just giving it our all.”

Ball, a senior, said his team is “just getting to the ball, getting in the way. Doing what we need to do, playing good defense.”

Against Siegel, senior Alexander Thumler got the SoccerDawgs scoring underway less than one minute into the game, knocking home a rebound shot from about seven yards out.

Andrew Fulcher, a sophomore, carried his throw-in near the mouth of Siegel’s goal, where BHS teammate Ramsey, a junior, headed home the second goal for a 2-0 Bearden lead with 13:12 left in the half.

Nathan Collins’ free kick, said to have come from about 40 yards out according to Bearden’s public address announcer, was perfectly placed just inches beyond the Siegel goalkeepers’ reach yet just under the crossbar.

The long goal by Collins, a sophomore, made it 3-0 with just 1:12 left in the first half.

Bearden ended with a 14-6 edge in shots-on-goal.

The Bulldogs opened with a 2-0 win versus West, which counts as the teams’ District 4-AAA game, played Wednesday, April 7.

The next day, Bearden slipped past Hendersonville 1-0.

Cordova fell victim to BHS, 3-0, Saturday, as Ben Ferguson, Landon Burke and Arik Jenkins scored. The SoccerDawgs held a 14-2 edge in shots on goal.

Turner said his team has been “working hard, we’re creating stuff,” though he added, “technically, we’re just not very good at putting the ball in the back of the net. But that’ll come.”


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