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With pk thriller, Lady Ads finish No. 2

CHATTANOOGA — Based on a game filled with her diving and leaping saves, Farragut junior goalkeeper Katy Hill is only the latest reason FHS girls soccer skipper Dennis Lindsay put his 2011 team on such a high pedestal.

“Like I told them, I’m more proud of this team than any I’ve ever had,” said Lindsay, having coached more than 20 Lady Ads teams, after Farragut was blanked by powerful Franklin 3-0 in the Class AAA state title game at Girls Preparatory School Saturday, Nov. 5.

With only three senior starters, “They went well beyond what was expected of them,” he added.

Farragut — coming off a thrilling 3-2 semifinal win versus two-time defending state champ Houston thanks to a 5-4 edge in penalty kicks — lost its first game of 2011 and ends 24-1-2.

Comparing his 2010 and 2011 Lady Admirals teams, “That was a big leap from fourth in the district [2010] to second in the state this year,” Lindsay said.

As for Hill’s work in goal (nine saves), “She was fantastic today,” said Lindsay, whose team was out-shot Saturday 12-6.

With Franklin finishing a perfect 24-0-0, Hill labeled the Lady Rebels “a wonderful team, obviously. But I think our defense did absolutely amazing. We all worked so hard. I know there’s nothing more that we could have done.”

Franklin needed more than 37 minutes before breaking on top 1-0 at the 2:50 mark of the first half. Lindsay said the goal “really cost us. From that point on it was Katie bar the door. You can’t make a mistake against that team without it costing you.”

Against Houston, Farragut went up 2-0 in the first half on goals by Lilly Moore and Skylar Brewer, with Joanda Parchman assisting on both tallies. Houston (18-3-2) tied the game early in the second half. Josie Jennings, Katie Cloud, Katie Beuerlein, Chelsea Jordan and Moore converted pks for the Lady Admirals.

Farragut opened state tourney play edging Ravenwood (16-6-0) 2-1 Wednesday, Nov. 2. Beuerlein and Cloud put the Lady Admirals up 2-0 with first half goals. Brewer assisted Cloud’s goal.

Amy Albaugh, FHS senior defender, spoke glowingly of fellow senior starters Brewer and Rachael Clark, along with senior reserves Kiley McCarley and Haley Vandermeersch. “I’ve played with these girls for four years, and things have been extra special this year,” Albaugh said. “I’ve got to know each one a little bit better. I’ve seen them all step up and it’s really been great.”


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