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‘Hot goalkeeper’ leads FHS to first win versus Bearden since ’06

Farragut High School junior goalkeeper Katy Hill weathered a storm Thursday, Sept. 22, at Farragut Stadium.

The threat of rain lingered throughout much of the Lady Admirals’ 3-1 victory over rival Bearden. Hill, however, faced a very tenacious Lady Bulldog attack en route to helping Farragut outlast its bitter rival for the first time since sweeping BHS three straight times in 2006.

“This feels great and I’m really proud of my defense,” said Hill, who made 14 saves on the night. “I’m really proud of all these girls because they played their butts off.

“This is as much work as I’ve had to do for a long time.”

Farragut (11-0-1 overall, 3-0-1 in District 4-AAA) started slow and actually surrendered the first goal. The Lady Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when Gabrielle Gianeselli chipped a shot past Hill off a corner kick from Ellen Dickinson.

“It was really disheartening to give up the first goal, but this was a big win for us,” Hill said. “I hope we will see them again [in the district tournament] because our goal is to win a state championship this year.”

The Lady Admirals may have fallen behind early, but Hill made some big saves.

“We just ran in to a hot goalkeeper,” Lady Bulldogs head coach Eric Turner said. “For the first 48 minutes, we played about as well as we could play. We just couldn’t finish.

“That’s been the story of our whole season. We didn’t finish and we didn’t make a couple of saves. They got the great play from their goalie and we didn’t counter.”

Despite dominating much of the first half, Bearden (9-2-1, 2-1) found itself trailing 2-1 by halftime.

“I was really happy with the play from our field players,” Turner said.

Katie Cloud evened the game in the 33rd minute and Skylar Brewer gave the Lady Admirals a 2-1 lead in the 38th minute.

Farragut head coach Dennis Lindsay was happy to claim the victory, but said he wasn’t thrilled with his squad’s effort in the first half.

“During the first 25 minutes, we were like deer in the headlights,” Lindsay said. “Our girls didn’t have a clue what was going on.

“This was not a typical game for us, and I don’t know if it was that we hadn’t beaten Bearden in so long. Bearden is a good team and they really took it to us early and we didn’t play like we normally do. Our defense played better in the second half.”

Lindsay saw his team take advantage of just enough opportunities to break a long losing streak to the Lady Bulldogs.

“It’s been a long dry spell,” he said.

Joanda Parchman sealed Farragut’s crucial district victory with a marker in the 77th minute. The victory strengthens the Lady Admirals’ spot in the district standings. They tied Catholic earlier this season and face West Wednesday, Sept 28.

Bearden has two district matches remaining: home versus Lenoir City Thursday, Sept. 29, before traveling to Knoxville Catholic Tuesday, Oct. 4.

“Lenoir City beat West,” Turner said.


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