KNOXVILLE — Displaying skill and determination fitting of an experienced boys soccer team looking to right a “wrong” after last season’s state title game loss, Bearden wasted no time in taking charge verses Maryville.
While standout junior Lucas Nordin led the way with a hat-trick (three goals) and one assist, the Dawgs (15-1-3) scored just 39 seconds into its District 4-3A tourney title match Friday, May 13, at BHS’s Radcliffe-Kelly Soccer Complex/Turner-Allender Field.
“I guess you could say Lucas is on a tear,” BHS head coach Ryan Radcliffe said after a 5-1 win, adding about Nordin’s determination to score, “you kind of see that translate through the rest of the players.”
As a team, “I thought this was one of the more complete games we’ve played all season,” he said. “... This is one of the games I can look back on and say we know how to play a full 80-minute game.”
Senior Cooper Cross scored that quick first goal in front of the net off a pass from Nordin on the left, near the baseline.
Junior Harrison Schwall added a late goal, assisted by sophomore Jack Raulston.