Expectations are high for the girls soccer team this year with some key returning seniors set to complement and mentor a talented freshman class.
That is probably most evident in senior forward Abby Brewer mentoring freshman forward Brinley Murphy.
Murphy’s position as a major contributor to the program as a freshman is a reminder of Brewer’s 2016 season when she was in the same position as a standout freshman alongside senior Taylor Frizen.
“It’s awesome for me that [Murphy’s] got players like Abby and Taylor [Cross] playing up there with her who have provided valuable minutes as freshmen so they can be those guidance factors with Brinley,” Coach Ryan Radcliffe said.
Bearden travels to rival Hardin Valley on Thursday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Coming off a semi-final appearance in the state tournament last year, the Lady Bulldogs are determined to make it to the finals this year, and Coach Radcliffe has the same expectations.
“Coach Radcliffe holds us to very high expectations, and I am very confident we will live up to them,” Murphy said.
The team is still learning about the freshman class, which will have several players getting significant minutes, and the freshmen are learning the playing style and traditions from the returning seniors, juniors, and sophomores.
“[Murphy’s] still learning to trust us and know where we will be on the field, just as we are learning how she plays,” Brewer said.
Bearden won its first game 3-0 on Tuesday against Cookeville with goals from Brewer, Cross, and sophomore Harlie Howard. The game was shortened due to severe weather.