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Lady Ads trip HVA

While injuries drained most of Hardin Valley Academy’s offensive firepower, the state’s No. 8-ranked Class AAA Farragut Girls Soccer team had just enough firepower in a neighborhood showdown.

Goals from three highly productive Lady Ads pushed FHS to a 3-1 victory versus HVA Thursday evening, Oct. 7, at Farragut Intermediate School field.

“I thought we played hard. Hardin Valley had a good game. It was a good, well-fought game,” said FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay, whose team improved to 12-2-2 entering the week.

However, “We’re leaving too many opportunities on the field,” Lindsay added. “There’s so many opportunities we should score on that we’re not. We’re going to have to clean that up a bit.”

Skylar Brewer’s goal midway into the first half, giving FHS the lead for good, was set up by a crossing pass from Lilly Moore.

Second half Lady Ads goals came from Casey Shanklin, on an assist from Brewer with 12:25 left, and Ashley Reveiz, who scored with an assist from Rachael Clark with 2:35 remaining.

A pair of inexperienced underclassmen shared FHS goalkeeping duties Thursday. Katy Hill, a sophomore, started and played the first half; Maddie Strnad, a freshman, played the entire second half.

Farragut led in shots-on-goal 8 to 5.

The Lady Ads rebounded from a 3-2 loss at West Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Shanklin, a senior center-midfielder, said “it’s sad” thinking her FHS career will be over in less than a month. “But I’m planning on playing soccer in college, so it’s not the end of my career.”

Reveiz, senior All-state forward, also realizes her high school career almost is over.

“I think about it all the time,” said Reveiz, a Middle Tennessee State University commitment.

HVA head coach Mike McLean, whose team entered the week 9-5-1, said his Lady Hawks “played really well, I thought we showed character and we’re tough. We’ve got some key injuries, and girls are playing in different positions.”

Forward Allie Kington, the Lady Hawks’ leading scorer, is out indefinitely with a severe ankle injury. HVA junior Emma Myrick left the FHS game early in the first half with an undisclosed injury and did not return.

“We go through her to create an attack,” McLean said of Myrick.

Hardin Valley avoided a shutout with sophomore Ellie Myrick’s goal from about 18 yards out in the game’s closing seconds.

“I though Shelby Buchanan and Emily Smith had a great game,” McLean said. “All three of our center-mid[fielders] played good. Our back line played a lot smarter than they have in the past.”

Buchanan, a junior defender, said her team “played pretty good. We worked really hard, and we lost a few of our key players.”

Amalia Beltran, Farragut senior starting defender, is out indefinitely with a knee injury.


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