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McCarty, No. 4 SoccerDawgs blank No. 1 Rebels 3-0

Bearden High School’s boys soccer team had plenty to play for Monday night, April 18, at BHS’s Bruce Allender Field.

And the Bulldogs responded by playing arguably their best match of the season in a 3-0 District 4-AAA victory over Maryville,’s No. 1-ranked Class AAA team in Tennessee

The SoccerDawgs (No. 4-ranked) wasted little time putting the Rebels, which is in the midst of its best season in recent memory, away.

Bearden (11-0-2 overall, 6-0 in the district) scored its three goals in the first 14 minutes of the match en route to clinching the 2011 District 4-AAA regular-season championship.

“We knew they were a really good team and this was a really nice win for us,” said Bulldogs junior forward Conner McCarty, who had a hand in all three of Bearden’s markers.

McCarty scored the game’s first goal in the third minute when he put one past Rebels goalkeeper Henry Hartsoe. Junior Brandon Mansfield was credited with an assist on the tally.

The Bulldogs extended its advantage to 2-0 a short time later when McCarty fed Sean Yoder, who promptly fired another shot past Hartsoe, Maryville’s 2010 All-District goalie, in the seventh minute.

McCarty added Bearden’s third goal in the 14th minute.

“It was big for us to get off to a fast start because they have the loudest fans in the state,” Bulldogs head coach Eric Turner said. “They have great support and it was important for us to take their crowd out of the game.

“I’m ecstatic. We came out in the first 10 or 15 minutes and we played our game. We played Bearden soccer.”

While Bearden offense was clicking on all cylinders early, Turner was most impressed with his squad’s defense.

“They have the best forward combo in the state in David Lethco and Caleb Lucas,” he said. “We played a great defensive game. This was the best defense that we’ve played all year.

“Our defenders, Adam Wojnar, Seth Williams and [goalkeeper] Jamie [White] played great. We came out and shut them down.”

The Rebels (12-2, 4-1) did manage 15 shots but only eight were on target.

“I didn’t face a lot of shots and that’s a good thing,” said White, the Bulldogs senior goalkeeper. “I love having Adam and Seth playing in front of me.

“We grew up together and we play club together and I love them. This win was big for us because it gives us [the] No. 1 seed in [the] district [tournament] and that means that we’ll have all of our [tournament] games at home. That fast start was big and coach had us ready to play.”

Bearden has one more regular-season district test as rival Farragut invades Bruce Allender Field at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 21.

The Admirals are in the midst of rebuilding this season.

However, “We don’t look over anybody,” Williams said.

McCarty said wants to “hit some clutch shots and I want to show coach that he can believe in me.”

He’s also looking forward to Thursday evening. “I can’t wait for [the Admirals] to get here,” McCarty said.

“Bring them on.”


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