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Senior speaks out, Soccer Ads respond with rally at Catholic

Though young and relatively inexperienced, Farragut Boys Soccer got some much-needed senior leadership Tuesday night, April 28, at Knoxville Catholic.

Logan Heidinger’s “look in the eye” message helped jump-start the “flat as a pancake” Ads (8-4-3) to a come-from-behind 3-1 District 4-AAA victory.

“It moved some of them,” FHS head coach Wallie Culbreth said about the senior midfielder and team captain’s inspiring words.

After the Irish took a 1-0 on a Michael Bonfini goal in the 17th minute, “Logan Heidinger told them that when they stepped off on that field [after the game], he wanted everybody who was on that field to be able to look him in the eye and say they gave 110 percent,” Culbreth said.

“Logan played a good game,” the FHS skipper added.

Heidinger said, “I just huddled [the team] together, we weren’t playing up to our potential. I just looked at everyone and said, ‘Guys, we need to start giving it our all.’ I think everyone got the message that we came out pretty flat.”

Late in the first half with the game tied, Heidinger prevented what otherwise would have been an almost sure goal by deflecting away an open charge to the net by Irish senior forward Alex Gillespie.

Trailing 1-0 late in the first half, Farragut rallied behind goals by Dillon Landguth, Christopher Kszos and Paul Neuefeind.

Neuefeind said his team invoked “The Five Minute Rule,” which comes after an opponent scores.

“For five minutes after we’re scored on, we play as hard as we can because that’s when teams are vulnerable,” he said. “After we equalized, we felt like we had the momentum.”

As for other top individual efforts, Culbreth said, “I thought Tyler Rhone played well, and I was pleased with Zach Snow,” in reference to a pair of top defenders, both juniors. “When it came down to physical play, Zach stepped up big time.”

Strategically, “I made some formation adjustments on the field, and they liked it,” Culbreth added. “When you like something, you play a lot harder. We picked it up.”

Landguth, junior midfielder, was there to corral a loose ball after KCHS goalkeeper Luke Wegryn couldn’t maintain possession following his nice, leaping save of a long Ads shot.

Landguth tapped home the equalizer, from about five yards out, at the 3:52 mark.

Farragut punched home its eventual game-winning goal in the 25th minute.

Landguth’s beautiful diagonal pass deep into the box, some 35 yards out, found an open Kszos who easily beat Wegryn with a header. “Kszos was as sick as a dog, so I have to give him some kudos for hanging in there,” Culbreth said.

Marvin Mendy grabbed a well-deserved assist in the 20th minute, exhibiting excellent ball-control skills under pressure in the KCHS box before his nice touch pass found an open Neuefeind.

The senior punched home Farragut’s third goal from about 10 yards. “Marvin still amazes me with those legs, he hasn’t grown into them yet,” Culbreth said about his tall freshman forward. “He knows how to move that ball around.”

FHS goalie Drew Landguth made three diving/sliding saves.

Mark Mishu, KCHS senior midfielder who’s been out much of the season with a hip injury, said his team (7-7-1) “controlled the ball well” in the first half. But on set plays we didn’t capitalize.”

About Farragut’s rally, Mishu added, “Once we get scored on we just fall apart.”

Mark Leader, Irish head coach, said his “young and learning” team “came out for 15, 20 minutes and played good ball. But we made too many mistakes on defense.”

Individually for Catholic, Leader said junior midfielder Tim Baker “always gives us a good game. Suddy [Hutchens] played well tonight. Michael Bonfini played very well.”


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