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Soccer Ads romp, tie Webb

When the Farragut High School boys soccer team opened its 2011 season Monday night, no one associated with the Admirals knew what to expect.

Wallie Culbreth, Farragut's veteran coach, had to like what he saw as his squad came away with a 7-0 District 4-AAA home victory over Heritage at home March 21.

“This was a surprisingly good start,” Culbreth said. “We have no returning starters at all and we're going to take our bumps and our lumps this year.”

Freshman Marvin Mendy gave Farragut a 1-0 lead early. Logan Heindinger extended Farragut's advantage to 2-0 in the 22nd minute. Neuefeind scored the Ads' third goal just before the season's opening half ended. He finished with two tallies.

Carlos Garcia, Neuefeind, Barrett and Bryce Downs closed out the FHS scoring.

However, one day later the combination of strong wind, inexperience and limited effort cost Farragut at Webb School of Knoxville versus the Spartans.

But a strong closing push in the game's final 27 minutes, which included a Paul Neuefeind goal following Ryan Barrett's corner kick, helped FHS escape with a 1-1 tie.

“I decided to go near post on it, and got determined to fight as hard as I could for it 'cause I knew we were down,” Neuefeind said of out-battling Webb defenders for a tap-in goal in front of the net.

The Spartans' season opener featured a free kick goal from defender Wilden Nord about 25 yards out, from a sharp right angle, eight minutes into the game.

Webb totally dominated the game's first 30 minutes, while the Admirals' offense was going into a strong wind resulting in almost no scoring chances.

“The wind definitely played a factor today, and our kids weren't used to playing in that kind of wind,” FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said.

Beyond the wind, though, “I was disappointed that they didn't bring the desire that I thought we had. … I felt Webb wanted to win more than we did,” Culbreth added. “[Webb] came to play in the first half.

“But we’ll learn from this.”

Spartans head coach Seth Harbin said wind, injuries and lack of depth caught up with his team.

“We play 11, 13 players, and it got a little bit deeper with injuries” resulting in varsity time “for guys who normally just play JV,” Harbin said.

Individually, “Wilden and Austin [Koplan, junior defender] played really well,” Harbin said.


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