Farragut gets by Lady Rebels
By Will Estep | (email@example.com)
The Farragut Lady Admirals tied a season-low in goals on Wednesday afternoon as Maryville held them to two scores, but Maryville was having just as much trouble scoring against the vaunted Farragut defense.
Farragut scored a goal in each half and although Maryville had several shots on goal, the Lady Admirals picked up the 2-0 district win at John Sevier Elementary School.
“Farragut is one of the best teams in the state,” said Maryville coach Bill Stooksbury. “They were 23-1 last year, and their only loss was in the state finals. They are 7-0 right now, so we knew we had a big challenge in front of us. I thought the girls stepped up and played very hard. I don’t like to lose a game, but I am proud of their effort.”
The Lady Rebels (3-3-1, 1-2 District 4-AAA) got a great effort from sophomore goalkeeper Molli Miller in the net, but Farragut struck first when Natalie Goetz scored on a goal that went into the left corner of the goal during the 15th minute.
Farragut (7-0, 2-0 District 4-AAA) made things even tougher for Maryville, who was coming off of victories against McMinn County and Germantown, when Lady Admiral Katie Cloud pushed in a shot from five yards out that was assisted by Joanda Parchman. The goal came in the 42nd minute, putting Maryville into a 2-0 hole.
“We had a real good talk at halftime and that (second-half goal) hurt,” Stooksbury said of the second-half goal. “Anytime you give up a goal in the first five minutes of either half or the last five minutes, those goals hurt. I thought we were ready to come out in the second half and challenge.”
Farragut was averaging 5.33 goals per game coming into the contest, but the Lady Admirals’ powerful offense was held in check compared to the havoc they normally cause. Besides Miller holding off several shots on goal for Maryville, Lady Rebel defenders Olivia Spears, Mackenzie Hutton and freshman Lizzie Fry all played a part in holding Farragut scoreless for the rest of the match.
“That second goal was a backbreaker, but the girls stepped up and didn’t allow another one in the final 35 minutes,” Stooksbury said. “I was happy with that.”
Maryville finished with six shots on goal compared to 15 for Farragut. Senior midfielder Morgan McCord and sophomore forward Mariah Plieseis each attempted shots for the Lady Rebels, but came up empty after getting past Farragut’s 2011 all-state defenders Heather Murphy and Josie Jennings.
Farragut coach Dennis Lindsay was glad to see his team capture a District 4-AAA road win.
“It’s a district match. Any district match is a big win for us,” Lindsay said. “We are fighting for home field advantage in the tournament as many times as we can get it.”