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Lady Admirals
Farragut High School


As the 2011 girls soccer season looms Farragut High School coach Dennis Lindsay knows that his Admirals will play perhaps the most difficult schedule in Knox County.

In addition to playing in the ultra-competitive District 4-AAA, the Lady Admirals have a loaded slate of non-district matches.

“People talk about our district schedule and how tough it is, but we have some tough non-district schedule,” Lindsay said. “We play Greeneville, Siegel, Father Ryan, Germantown, Houston, CAK and Oak Ridge and those are all good teams.

“I won’t say that that schedule will prepare us for our district schedule because we may be done in our district before we play those teams.”

What the schedule will do is prepare Farragut for the District 4-AAA Tournament.


“My expectation and hope is that we’ll be ready to peak come tournament time,” Lindsay said. “Our non-district schedule is probably tougher than district schedule and I also scheduled some tough scrimmages against Baylor, GPS, [Class A/AA State Champ] Notre Dame and Pope John Paul.”

Lady Admirals senior forward/midfielder Skylar Brewer said she’s looking forward to the 2011 campaign.

“We feel the pressure but the coaches have prepared us well,” she said. “It’s a really tough district and we have a tough schedule but I think we can handle it.”

Farragut, which went 15-3-4 in 2010, will begin its long grind right out of the gate. The Lady Admirals open the season on the road on Aug. 23 when they invade Greeneville. Farragut’s home opener will be Oct. 26 against Murfreesboro-Siegel.

Things won’t get any easier from there as Farragut then head to the Bearden Tournament. There, the Lady Admirals will face district rival Catholic at Blaine Stadium in a key early-season conference tilt. The Admirals will spend the weekend facing some of the state’s top squads such as Father Ryan, Germantown and Houston.

The rigorous campaign continues on Sept. 7 when Farragut hosts Maryville and on Sept. 10 when District 3-AAA powerhouse Oak Ridge comes calling. The Lady Admirals will play the two District 3-AAA favorites in 2011. Hardin Valley Academy invades Farragut on Oct.7.

Coach Mike McLean’s Hawks lost to Halls in the district championship match last season. The Lady Admirals also face Soddy-Daisy, Ooltewah and Blackman in the Cleveland Invitational Sept. 16-17. Farragut also will play Collierville and Briarcrest in the Brentwood Tournament in early October.

Farragut features a group of talented returners including all-state senior midfielder Rachael Clark. Other key seniors include Brewer and Amy Albaugh at defender.

Junior Katy Hill will split time at goalkeeper with sophomore Alexis Viox.

Other top juniors, according to Lindsay, include: Brooke Rhodes (a forward who suffered season-ending knee injuries each of the last two seasons); Heather Murphy (defender); Blair Rhodes (Brooke’s twin sister who will play in the midfield) and defender Jordan Woodford.

“Brooke and Blair could both have a good season,” Lindsay said.

Key sophomores include forward Lilly Moore, midfielder Katie Beuerlein and forward/midfielder Joanda Parchman.

Freshman defender Emma Jeter will also be a player to watch, according to Lindsay, Farragut’s veteran coach who begins his 22nd season with the Lady Admirals.

Farragut appears to have a solid mix of veterans and newcomers to be competitive in 2011.

“I’m really excited,” said Albaugh. “The girls are all bonding and I think we’re going to have a good season.”

Brewer added that the youngsters have quickly found their places in Farragut’s program.

“We’re a deep team and our sophomores and junior make us a deep team,” she said. “That group has come in and done what they were supposed to do both on and off the field.”

Other big games for Farragut include home district tilts against Bearden (Sept. 22) and West (Sept. 28) and a tough non-district match at Christian Academy of Knoxville on Sept. 26.

 

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