After a successful season from the girls’ soccer team, making it to sub-state and facing a tough loss to Maryville, Bearden will have to say goodbye to an accomplished senior class.
Over their four years, the Lady Bulldogs made it to state twice, including a run to the state semifinals last year, and they made it to substate their sophomore, junior, and senior years.
“This senior class is kind of a new revolution coming through the program,” Coach Ryan Radcliffe said. “They’ve set their own legacy.”
This senior class has had a lot of talent with a total of 10 seniors: Abby Brewer, Chandler Alaniz, Hailey Cartt, Hannah Bowman, Megan Armstrong, Alex Smith, Carley Scott, Hannah Wilson, Blythe Lundberg, and Taylor Cross. With most of these girls playing together for multiple seasons, there have been a multitude of memories that the team has made together both on and off the field
“One of my favorite memories would be that we started senior dinners,” Smith said. “Before the game, we would go to one of the senior’s houses and have dinner together.”
There are great memories like the senior dinners but there are also the great memories of winning games, where every win means something a little different to you.
“Beating Farragut since they are one of our rivals,” Brewer said. “And knowing that was the last time I would ever play in a Bearden-Farragut game.”
Added Smith: “My favorite memory would be beating Brentwood [in the state tournament] in PKs last year. We went into quadruple overtime and that moment right after Taylor finished her last PK, just running onto the field together was awesome.”
This season, Brewer had the second-most goals on the team with 13; Cartt and Cross tied for third with six goals apiece. Assists were led by Cartt with 13 on the season and Smith with eight.
Freshman Brinley Murphy led the team with 18 goals, which leaves the Lady Bulldogs’ in great shape for upcoming seasons.