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McLean praises ’10 Lady Hawks


Outstanding goalkeeping from Hardin Valley Academy freshman Jordan Beets perhaps was a good omen for 2011.

Beets’ effort came in a 1-0 HVA loss to No. 2 state-ranked Bearden in Region 2-AAA semifinals at BHS’s Bruce Allender Field Wednesday night, Oct. 27.

Hardin Valley, playing the latter portion of its season without injured leading scorer Allie Kington, ended its season 11-8-1.

Beets’ ability “is a surprise to a lot of high school coaches because she’s only a freshman,” HVA head coach Michael McLean said. “She was the best player on the field tonight, although Bearden outplayed us.”

Gretchen Johnson, HVA senior defender, said Beets “was the best player on the field, I think. She had the game of her life.”

McLean said he is “proud of the whole team,” adding a handful of his Lady Hawks played injured Oct. 28, “But we just fought as a team.”


Bearden head coach Eric Turner said, “I thought we totally dominated, but their goalie kept them in it ... she didn’t give us any second chances in the box.”

Johnson and senior forward/defender Shelby Christian played their final games in HVA blue. “Both of them just have hearts of a lion,” McLean said. “Just great leaders. … They started the program, and that’s kinda special.”

Johnson said she and Christian “had to step up as leaders” as sophomores in 2008 because, in HVA’s inaugural season, “We had no seniors.”

 

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