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Dawgs ‘de-Little’ Webb


Bearden junior Brandon Mansfield (14) fires a pass ahead as Webb freshman Robby Strachan charges from behind.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
It’s no wonder Hunter Little was the muddiest, wettest soccer player Friday night at Bearden’s Bruce Allender Field.

Little, Webb Spartans senior goalkeeper, was quite successful for 40 minutes constantly absorbing water and mud trying to slow down relentless SoccerDawgs offensive pressure.

Scoreless at the half, Bearden finally cracked Little and the Spartans’ defense and eventually poured it on, winning 4-0 March 25 and taking advantage of two Webb defenders and one midfielder out with injuries leaving only junior varsity replacements.

“The first half we were just a little bit off on our connections; but in the second half we dialed it in,” BHS head coach Eric Turner.

Two second-half goals from junior forward Conner McCarty, one goal and one assist by senior defender Seth Williams and two assists by senior midfielder Carter Wykoff led the way.


“In the second half we kinda wore them down a little bit, spaces started opening up,” Turner said.

McCarty “is awesome,” Turner said. “Carter had a great game, just an awesome game in the midfield. “[Andrew] Fulcher had an awesome game in the midfield, too.”

About the first half, Little said making a few saves “gets people a little more confident, and when there’s good communication that always helps on the back line.”

Then came the flood of injuries.

“We really played well until Wilden [Nord, defender] got hurt in the first half,” Webb head coach Seth Harbin added about Nord’s quadriceps injury.

Adding injuries to defender Isaiah White (head collision) and midfielder Syed Adil (calf) and by midway into the second half “we’re playing seven varsity players against their 11 varsity,” Harbin said.

Webb falls to 0-1-1.

Bearden (1-0-1) finally cracked Little’s iron barrier on the goal 1:08 into the second half. McCarty controlled a waist-high pass from Williams in the box and fired it past Little.

With just under 17 minutes to play, Wykoff charged down the middle of the field and found an open McCarty on the left, who blasted home Bearden’s second goal from about 15 yards out.

Roughly three-and-a-half minutes later, a scrum in front of Webb’s net resulted in a Williams’ goal, assisted by senior defender Adam Wojnar.

Sean Yoder, senior forward, scored courtesy a beautiful lead pass from Wykoff middle to right. Yoder’s goal came from about 12 yards out with 5:30 to play.

 

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