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No. 2-state-ranked FHS edges Hardin Valley; Bearden girls No. 4

Stacking his girls soccer schedule with tough opponents, Farragut head coach Dennis Lindsay said he was expecting his 2011 Lady Admirals to finish the regular season “with a little better than a .500 record” when building the schedule in February.

Sixteen wins and zero losses later, and following a 1-0 victory against neighborhood rival Hardin Valley Academy Friday night at Farragut Intermediate School, the state's No. 2-ranked Lady Ads (16-0-2) continue rolling along.

“I thought we'd be a year away from this; we're doing much better than I expected,” said Lindsay after his latest win Oct. 7 — which also was Senior Night — thanks to a Skylar Brewer goal assisted by Lilly Moore with 12:15 left in the game.

“Senior Night always bothers me because we don't always play our best,” he added. “But Hardin Valley's a heck of a good team. They took it to us.”

Brewer, who had a first-half shot hit the right goalpost, took a crossing pass from Moore, controlled the ball and beat Lady Hawks' goalkeeper Jordan Beets — who made a handful of nice saves — from about 12 yards out.

“I thought the calmness Skylar showed in the box was fantastic,” Lindsay said about the senior.

Rachel Clark, FHS senior outside midfiedler, said about the victory, “I think we just kept sticking it out, and we really got together as a team and got that goal in.”

The Lady Hawks (9-3-3) hung tough despite going most of the game without a shot on goal.

“Our gameplan was we knew we weren't going to going to get a lot of scoring chances,” HVA head coach Mike McLean said. “We knew we wanted to defend and take the little opportunities we had, take advantage of them.

“We created a few at the end where we could have equalized,” he added.

According to FHS statistics, Farragut out-shot HVA 17-5.

Before Friday, “I didn't know who we were as a team, we weren't playing well lately,” McLean said.

However, “They came out and showed me they still wanted to play and had the character to play against a good team.”

Shelby Buchanan, HVA senior center-fullback, said Friday was “our best defensive game we've had all season. Our defense worked together as a team. We communicated.”

About how the Lady Ads have improved versus 2010, Clark said, “This year we've learned how to pass really well together. And we've actually got goals in the net. I think we're working really hard."

Amy Albaugh, Farragut senior stopper, said FHS coaches “have done a really good job this year. They've really pushed us. They told us to set goals at the very beginning of the year, and we set goals for ourselves and I think we've done a really good job.”

Farragut already had secured the District 4-AAA regular season title, and will enter tourney play Saturday, Oct. 15, as No. 1 seed.

Meanwhile, No. 4 state-ranked Bearden entered the week 13-2-1 overall, having secured the No. 2 district tourney seed with a 7-0 win against Knoxville Catholic.

The Lady SoccerDawgs then blanked McMinn County 4-0 at MHS Wednesday, Oct. 5.


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