KNOXVILLE — There was plenty of frustration to go around after the Farragut girls soccer team played to a 0-0 draw Thursday, Sept. 19, at Christian Academy of Knoxville.
“We would of felt a lot better coming out of here with a win,” said FHS head coach Drew Payne, whose team was 3-5-2 after the tie. “This wasn’t like it was when we tied Hardin Valley earlier this year and we were happy to get a tie.
“I really felt like we should have won this game. We didn’t do a good job playing our game, but our effort was there in defensive play; and it’s a good thing because our possession was terrible,” he added.
On the other side, “This was very frustrating,” Lady Warriors’ senior forward Brooke Forrester said. “After the game, (CAK head coach) Ried Estus told us that we outshot them 19-1.”
Forrester was disappointed because she had two late opportunities to get the Lady Warriors (11-1-1) into the win column, hitting the crossbar with a penalty kick with 11:37 remaining in the matchz.
A corner kick inside the final 30 seconds landed on the goal frame.
Lady Admirals’ sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Ekern made a leaping grab on the game’s final scoring chance just moments before the final buzzer sounded.
“I knew that if I made that save that they wouldn’t get a chance to get another shot off,” said Ekern, who faced a huge quantity of shots.
“We gave ourselves a chance to win and that’s really all you can ask for from your kids,” Estus said. “And I’m sure if you asked the Farragut coach, he’d tell you the same thing.
“Farragut is a good team and they’re better that their record,” he added. “They have a lot of talent over there. It’s young talent. But it’s talent and they’re going to be good for the next couple of years.”
Farragut mustered its lone real scoring chance during the first half of the contest.