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SoccerDawgs trio, coach, player absences highlight BHS Invitational

Acting varsity head coach Kurt Backstrom said, “To take nothing away from Notre Dame, I didn’t think we came out with intensity. Very stagnant on the attack, and we really didn’t get back on defense, they were getting a lot of breakaways on us.

“Most disappointing is the fact that they seemed satisfied with what they already accomplished,” he added. “They really didn’t come into this match hungry and willing to give what it took.”

Individually, “I thought Tyler Rhone in the back played a good match,” Backstrom said. “I thought Connor Martens played well. Carlos at center[midfield] played really hard.”

Farragut trailed 1-0 late in the first half before the equalizer.

Though Bearden went unbeaten in the three games, “We didn’t play our best, to be honest. We really needed to step it up a notch,” said Wykoff, senior center midfielder. “But in this game [Collierville], we came out in the second half and went a little harder, and it paid off for us.”

Farragut edged Collierville 2-1 Friday at Farragut Intermediate School (one of three Invitational games at FIS), then went to BHS Saturday and thumped Germantown 5-2.

“We crashed the box and we followed it in, we got two goals in our last game off that,” said Farragut junior defender Tyler Rhone.

FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth sat out Sunday after being suspended one game — as levied by FHS administrators according to Culbreth — after being assessed a red card in the Admirals-Collierville game.

Top individuals in Farragut’s two wins were “Carlos Garcia, Tyler Rhone and Paul Neuefeind, he absolutely was,” Culbreth said.

However, Notre Dame proved a tougher nut to crack Sunday, edging the Ads 2-1 and sending FHS to its first loss (7-1-1).

“The biggest factor today was that Dustin Rainey wasn’t here, he’s an impact player,” Culbreth said about his senior stopper/forward, out with “a cramp or a torn muscle” in his leg.

Bryce Downs’ diagonal pass from the top of the box found an open Rhone, who punched home the tying goal, from about seven yards, out with only 57.4 seconds left in the first half.

Catholic trailed Siegel 1-0 Sunday before Tim Baker’s free kick goal from about 35 yards out — the ball went through the goalkeeper’s hands — made it 1-1 with 6:36 left in the first half.

“I think we played hard, but we have some people who are hurt right now,” said Baker, whose Irish lost to Siegel 3-1.

Missing Sunday, and playing very little during the tournament, were Irish starting defender Mark Mishu (hip) and starting midfielder Suddy Hutchens (ankle).

“They’re both key players, and they play in key spots,” KCHS head coach Mark Leader said.

“We’ve got a lot to learn … I was happy with what we did,” Leader added. “We’re a lot younger than a lot of the teams we’ve been playing. They learned a lot this weekend.”

Through the first six games, Leader said Baker is “an outstanding player ... he’s doing a very good job.”


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