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A boys soccer game fit to be tied, perhaps.

While the young and relatively inexperienced Farragut Admirals were aggressive and energetic in its neighborhood rivalry Tuesday evening with powerful Hardin Valley Academy, the Hawks' talent and experience made this clash a barnburner.

HVA, the unbeaten No. 3-ranked Class AAA team in Tennessee, needed a Nick Skoda goal with 6:02 remaining to salvage a 3-3 tie April 26 at Farragut Intermediate School Field.

“To play a team like Hardin Valley and to come out with a tie, I think is a successful night,” FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said. “We played at the level we needed to; it's a shame we didn't win.”

Individually, “I think my two best players tonight were Tyler Rhone [defender], and Conner Martens [center-midfielder], who played excellent, and Paul [Neuefeind] played well,” Culbreth said.

Senior midfielder Dillon Landguth, who finished with one goal and one assist, said this game “definitely shows our team is playing together.”

Martens said he's “definitely encouraged, we showed a lot of improvement, and that we can play with anybody.”

Tied 2-2, the Admirals (7-4-3) went ahead with 22:35 to play when Neuefeind, a senior forward who ended with two goals, scored off a throw-in, beating HVA goalkeeper Joey Hinshaw from about 12 yards out.

Tying the game late “shows character on our team,” but “mentally we didn't play a good game tonight; we made too many mistakes,” HVA head coach Mike McLean said. “Farragut came out and played a great game.”

Chris Gallaher, a sophomore forward/midfielder with one goal for Hardin Valley (9-0-4), said his Hawks “definitely have more talent than they do, it's just a mind game, we didn't come in with the right mindset.”

As for Farragut,” They played a great game,” Gallaher added.


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