The Lady Soccer Dogs have had an impressive defensive start to the season, only allowing seven goals in the first 13 games so far.
What makes that stat even more impressive is that nearly half of those conceded goals came last weekend against defending state champion Houston – and when Bearden had played each of the two previous days, whereas Houston was coming off two days of rest.
“We as defenders can count on the offense to always score goals,” senior center back Carley Scott said. “So it’s nice when the team can count on us not to get scored on.”
Keeper Megan Armstrong and her back line kept eight clean sheets to start the season before traveling to the Memphis Rivals Tournament, which always features some of the best teams in the state. The Lady Bulldogs kept another clean sheet on Tuesday in a 6-0 win over Farragut.
The impressive shut-out streak is not only due to a great backline, but the attacking offense they have as well.
“[The offense] communicates really well with us,” senior center back/fullback Blythe Lundberg said. “They play it back like it’s almost immediately back up there just because they hold it so well.”
The chemistry between the offense and defense has contributed to their outstanding performances this season. It has been especially important for the team to have good communication with the new position changes involving the backline this year.
“That’s been really exciting and encouraging for us because we weren’t worried about the backline, but we had some new people in different positions back there,” Lundberg said. “We definitely had to work at it, and we’re really excited that our efforts are paying off.”
The girls participated in the Houston Rivals Tournament last weekend. They beat Collierville 4-2 and Briarcrest Christian 2-1. The girls ended the tournament with a 3-0 loss against Houston.
The girls are still undefeated in district play and their next game is an out-of-district rivalry match against Hardin Valley on Monday.