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Bearden girls send soccer message, blank HVA


Bearden High School’s girls soccer team wanted to send a message Tuesday, Sept. 13.

The Lady Bulldogs got their point across early when they shut out Hardin Valley Academy 3-0 at Bearden’s Bruce Allender Field.

“Some teams are taking us lightly and we wanted to come out and show everybody that we’re not an underdog,” Lady Bulldogs senior forward Rebecca Stover said. “We know who our rivals are and coach [Eric Turner] didn’t really have to fire us up.”

The Lady Bulldogs wasted little time taking control in this battle of previously unbeaten teams.

Bearden took a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute as Kristi Granger fed Stover, who promptly banged a shot past Hardin Valley goalkeeper Jordan Beets.

From there, the night belonged to the Lady Bulldogs, who employed a stifling defense that flustered the Lady Hawks.

“We know what we’re going to get when you play Bearden,” said Hardin Valley coach Mike McLean, who saw his squad drop to 5-1-2. “They play fast and they play physical.


“This was a good opportunity to play a great team. It’s always a good opportunity when we get a chance to play a team in that district. We learned a lot and we saw some people play pretty well that haven’t gotten a lot of playing time.”

Bearden (9-1-1 starting the week) dominated the tempo and won the possession battle. The Lady Bulldogs made it 2-0 when Jessica Logan scored in the 32nd minute.

“I think that we probably played as well as we could play tonight,” Turner said. “You always want to come out and take control of the game early.”

Hardin Valley had few chances. The Lady Hawks got only seven shots (two on target). They had a late goal nullified by an offsides called.

Furthermore, Lady Bulldogs sophomore netminder Katie Cottrell made a point-blank save on a shot by Ellie Myrick with 14 minutes remaining in the match.

“Their speed really cut off our possession,” McLean said.

The Lady Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead by Granger in the 44th minute. Junior forward Brennan Day, a transfer from Science Hill, picked up an assist.

“We just came out and played hard,” said Granger, who also had one assist. “But our goal is to win a state championship.”

Bearden outshot the Lady Hawks 15-5 in the first half, while Hardin Valley only had two quality scoring chances in the second half.

 

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