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Drama at HVA for No. 1 Bearden

Following a six-game stretch of sheer dominance to open the season, the state's top-ranked Class AAA Bearden Lady SoccerDawgs suddenly were scratching and clawing for wins.

The most recent example came at Hardin Valley Academy Tuesday evening, Sept. 14, as three-time All-state forward Samantha Turner put enough curve on her corner kick to send it into the goal -— off the goalie's hands.

Turner's goal broke a 1-1 tie with 9:20 remaining, and with the Lady SoccerDawgs’ stout second-half defense — and the absence of HVA top scorer Allie Kington — held on to win 2-1.

“We're playing well, the ball's just not falling for us,” said BHS head coach Eric Turner, whose team stands at 11-0-1 following two wins and one tie in a Collierville weekend tourney. “I thought we controlled the second half of this game.”

Individually, “Gabrielle Gianeselli played awesome tonight, and I think Meagan Yoakley and Kimble Glover played really well tonight,” coach Turner said.

Yoakley, a senior, labeled the contest “a tough game; Allie Kington, she's pretty good.”

Rebecca Stover assisted Granger's goal.

Katie Filipowicz, an HVA for forward whose team lost for just the second time this season (6-2), scored with 32:10 left in the first half. Lady Hawk Emma Myrick assisted.

Kington suffered a thigh injury midway into the first half according to HVA head coach Michael McLean. “Our girls are always going to give effort,” McLean said. “We were a bit on our heels tonight, played a bit too defensively and didn't get into attack much.

Individually, McLean praised Moore plus freshman goalkeeper Jordan Beets who splits time with Whitney Moore.

“I thought Gretchen [Johnson] was the core of our defense,” McLean added about the senior. “She's our savior back there. ... I've been happy with Emma Myrick.”

Johnson said her team “worked so hard; going into it. I don't think people thought Hardin Valley could hold their own.”


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