A couple of good bounces off the posts and a penalty kick helped make a close game a 3-0 Farragut girls soccer victory, beating rival Hardin Valley Academy in Farragut Soccer Stadium Thursday evening, Sept. 30.
Emmie Harville scored the first goal for the Lady Admirals, most recently ranked No. 8 in the state among all classifications, public and private.
The senior then iced things with her successful penalty kick in the 61st minute.
Farragut improved to 10-2-2 overall and 2-2-1 in District 4-AAA after the win. The Lady Hawks fell to 3-3 in the district (head coach Jessie Stephens was unsure of her team’s overall record)
With her first goal assisted in the box by senior Maddie Blum in the 12th minute, “Blue had a great ball in and I just turned and put it in,” Harville said. “It was a really good way to set the tempo.”
Overall, “I thought we came out really strong,” she added. “I thought we played really quick and moved the ball around fast.”
The Lady Ads made it 2-0 in the 29th minute. After Ava Linginfelter’s free kick hit the crossbar, junior Brittany Crafton buried the rebound.
“It’s a very good scoring line against a very talented, physical, strong team,” FHS head coach Kristen Lyons said. “We had been struggling a little bit with putting the ball in the back of the net. We work so hard, so it’s nice to see us capitalize on that work we’ve been putting in.
“It showed on the field tonight,” she added.
Hardin Valley, meanwhile, had a great scoring chance in the 17th minute.
One open shot from inside 10 yards hit the right post, while two other chances in close were turned away by standout FHS senior goalkeeper Caroline Ekern.
“We just didn’t get lucky tonight,” Stephens said. “... When you hit the (post) and things like that — and you’re playing against such as strong goalie as Ekern — it’s tough.
“A lot of times I though we got ourselves into a lot of good situations, and I think we worked hard to get there,” she added. “But the little things we weren’t clean on ... we didn’t help ourselves technically.”