The girls soccer team has already had an incredible season with 19-1 record, and it could get even better with a win in Saturday’s sectional match, which would send the Lady Bulldogs back to the state tournament.
The team has had many strengths this year that has allowed them to have such an impressive record, and one of them is the leadership roles of the senior class.
“I think it’s because they’ve been on both sides of the spectrum,” Coach Ryan Radcliffe said. “They’ve seen from their freshman and sophomore years how leadership is handled and the success it takes to get to the state tournament.”
Bearden hosts rival Farragut at 7 p.m. on Saturday, hoping to continue its 17-game win streak and qualify for next week’s state tournament. The Lady Bulldogs won the first meeting against the Lady Admirals 3-1 on Sept. 17.
Even with a great group of upperclassman leaders, it still requires more for a team to perform at such a high level. It requires a dedicated group of underclassmen as well.
“The talent of our underclassmen is very important to our team,” senior attacking midfielder Janie Lewis said. “We have a few sophomores starting, and they are helping us tremendously and add so much talent to our team.”
The year has presented numerous challenges for all sports with the impacts of Covid-19. This has had multiple negative impacts on the team, but there is a positive to it as well.
“I think the break from Covid made everyone even more excited for the season,” senior Hali Parker said. “It motivated a lot of retiring players to make sure we do our best this season because it is such a blessing that we are able to play any games at all.”