The Bearden girls soccer team is off to a great start this season with a 7-1 record, and it is definitely a testament to their ability to adjust to the obstacles that playing during a global pandemic presents.
Covid-19 has been a major obstacle for the team this year, forcing them to enforce new protocols and causing them to have to cancel their first four scrimmages of the year. Both of these issues have impacted the team greatly; however, these new protocols aren’t necessarily all bad.
“Covid has definitely made us be more vigilant in our practices and cautious with what we are doing and how we are doing it,” Coach Ryan Radcliffe said. “We have had to make a lot of changes in our daily practice schedule to make sure that we are following the protocols and keeping everyone safe.”
The Lady Bulldogs host rival Farragut on Thursday night at 7. The Lady Admirals came from two goals down to draw against Hardin Valley earlier in the week and stay undefeated on the year.
Another obstacle that Bearden has been forced to take on this year is filling the position of Abby Brewer, who was Bearden’s leading scorer last season.
“You’re not going to be able to replace Abby Brewer with just one person,” Coach Radcliffe said. “The production that she had for us over her four years will be hard to replicate.
“She was such a dynamic player and goal scorer that it will take multiple people stepping up to fill her shoes. The good thing for us is, we have the depth and talent this year to do that.”
Sophomore Brinley Murphy is leading the team in scoring with 9 goals, and sophomore Becca Roth and senior Zneyah McLaughlin have each scored 5.
Bearden will hope for more production from that trio again Thursday as the Lady Bulldogs look to end Farragut’s unbeaten run.