Having already accomplished their first big goal of the season – winning the regular season district championship Sept. 12 – the Bearden girls soccer team now looks to get a rivalry win against Farragut on Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs (8-3-2, 4-0 District 2-AAA) outscored district opponents by a whopping 21-0, and although Farragut (7-5) may no longer be a part of Bearden’s district, this game is at least emotionally as important as any district matchup.
“The Farragut game is unlike any other game I have played in,” sophomore forward Abby Brewer said. “As our biggest rivals, the level of play is expected to be at 100%.
“Plus, many of us have played with or against Farragut players since we were young; this adds another level of competition and makes the game that much tougher.”
Brewer trails only senior Ashtyn Glover on the Bearden scoring charts this year with eight goals, but on Thursday she thinks she has to do more than just score goals.
“Personally, I’ve got to be aggressive on offense making good runs, making good touches on the ball, and making accurate passes,” Brewer said.
Junior midfielder Emily Carlevato has been a key piece for Bearden this year, and she has been on a hot streak recently, scoring four goals last week to increase her total for the season to seven.
“Overall I’ve had a lot more confidence and my teammates have given me great opportunities,” Carlevato said. “A key to our success this season will ultimately be confidence in ourselves and in each other as a team.”
Coach Ryan Radcliffe has been pleased with Carlevato’s growth this year, and he thinks she could be pivotal against the Lady Admirals.
“I think some of her [Carlevato] biggest strengths are that she does well at getting forward, and she does very well at finding gaps and finding seams to get through,” Coach Radcliffe said. “I think Farragut’s strength is in their midfield too, so she is going to have a big defensive responsibility, as will all the midfielders.
“I think the game is going to be won or lost in the midfield three.”
Bearden will take on the Lady Admirals on the road at 7 p.m. this Thursday. With Farragut no longer in Bearden’s district, both teams would be deep in postseason play before they could see each other again.
Last season, the first meeting between the teams ended 1-1. Farragut then eliminated Bearden from the postseason 2-1 in a district semi-final.