SoccerDawgs tied, then respond on rival’s pitch 4-1

  • Jake Skipper of Farragut (blue) and Dylan Kolnick of Bearden attempt header passes during this showdown of rivals in Farragut Soccer Stadium Saturday evening, April 24. - Photos courtesy of Carlos Reveiz/

  • SoccerDawgs forward Sharif Aly (18) looks to maneuver for a scoring chance as FHS’s Josh Holas defends that attempt. - Photos courtesy of Carlos Reveiz/

When Farragut tied Bearden in the 52nd minute, 1-1, “I thought their goal woke us up,” BHS head coach Ryan Radcliffe said about responding to a rival’s challenge in Farragut Soccer Stadium Saturday evening, April 24.

A three-goal run thereafter resulted in a 4-1 BHS win — scoring twice in about three minutes after Ads forward Timi Omitaomu’s header from 10 yards was assisted by a 30-yard pass from Josh Holas.

“Getting even with them, and then having a letdown so quickly, that’s hard emotionally on any team,” head coach Bradley Culbreth said about his team (7-2-3), adding, “the final score doesn’t make me lose any confidence in my team.” A red card left FHS down a man in the final 22:24.

The SoccerDawgs (10-3-1) first answered in the 54th minute on a header goal from Sharif Aly off a Dillon Sims corner kick. Only 1:21 later, Bearden increased its edge to 3-1 when Cole Turner tapped in a Julian Strickland shot after another Sims corner kick. Ethan Ford polished things off with the final goal, assisted by Lucas Nordin.

“I thought our midfield three played fantastic, especially Julian and Dylan Kolnick,”

Radcliffe said.

Nordin’s penalty kick in the game’s seventh minute put the SoccerDawgs ahead 1-0.

“I thought the first half looked like a lot of kids that haven’t played in this big of a game before,” Radcliffe said.