Girls Junior Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer · Lady Bulldogs to face Brentwood in state tourney opener for second straight year

The Lady Soccer Dogs have a feeling of déjà vu as they will play Brentwood High School in the first round of the TSSAA soccer tournament

Bearden faced off against Brentwood in the first-round last year and lost 1-0. This year, the team is excited to show off their progress and create different results from last year.

“Last year, they came out really hard,” senior goal keeper Maggie Jones said. “This year, we are hoping to fight them back and get a win so we can advance even farther.”

The team knows that everything they’ve worked for has led up to this tournament and are excited to see their efforts come into fruition.

Junior Abby Brewer looks for the team to push themselves toward further success.

“At this point in the season, technically speaking we are not going to get any better,” Brewer said. “From here on out, it is all about effort. Everyone has to be working together, and everyone has to be focused.”

The team’s trip to state last year was their first time since 2011. With the significant improvements made by the Bulldogs over the course of the season and knowledge from last year’s road to state behind them, they now know what it takes to be successful.

A year ago, the trip to state came after an emotional upset 2-0 win at Farragut; this year, the Lady Bulldogs beat HVA 3-0 at home in their sectional game.

“We have grown from our mistakes that we made last year,” senior Abby McCord said. “Last year, we were just excited that we made it to state; this year, we have much higher expectations for ourselves, and we want to improve on how we played last year.”

Bearden knows what it takes to beat Brentwood and look to prepare adequately.

“We are going to prepare for their attackers,” Brewer said. “Last year, their attackers are what beat us, and that is really what we want to be proactive about this year.”

The Bulldogs will play their first game of the state tournament in Murfreesboro on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CST.

“We know what we need to do and we know how to do it, so now we can focus on playing our game and just playing Bearden soccer,” McCord.