No. 3 Spartans, ‘coachable’ Lions look for late-season boys soccer push

Despite dealing with numerous injuries this year, Webb School of Knoxville’s boys’ soccer team posted a 5-3-1 record at the end of last week.

According to the website, the Spartans are the third-ranked Class II-AA team in the state.

One of the losses was 4-3 to Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett Tuesday, April 19. Despite overcoming a 3-1 deficit, Webb gave up a late goal to lose.

“We have a lot of injuries and guys playing in spots they are not used to,” Spartans head coach Jared Ziegler. “We are still battling, but are looking forward to getting some players back next week that will help give us some momentum looking towards our postseason.”

The Spartans' tie was against Hardin Valley Academy, in which they rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Webb had only nine players in the match.

Jaylon Green, Spencer Bernard and Garrett Webb have been leaders for the Spartans. Prior to a 3-2 loss to Chattanooga Baylor last Friday, April 22, they had scored four, five, and four goals respectively.

“He's been playing a lot of centerback for us as we've gone through our injury woes,” Ziegler said of Bernard. “(Garrett Webb) usually plays as a striker or winger, but has been moved into the midfield to help battle our injury bug.”

Lions 4-4-1

At the end of last week, Concord Christian School’s boys’ soccer team stood at 4-4-1 overall, 2-3 in Division II-District 1, East Region.

Head coach Fernando Lopez looks forward to the postseason.

“We are excited about the challenge,” he said. “We’ll most likely finish third or fourth in the league depending on the final match.”

Franklin Von Hagen and Marshall Craft have helped lead the team this year. Von Hagen has eight goals and Craft six, to go along with several assists.

Lopez has especially liked his boys’ attitude this season.

“I'm most pleased about their work ethic and coachability of the team,” he said. “We need to keep working on final third decision making and finishing.”