Roundup: Bearettes end tournament with a win
Sevier County closed the Bearette Soccer Invitational on Saturday with a 5-2 win over William Blount.
The victory came a day after Gatlinburg-Pittman beat the Bearettes 4-1. Savannah Stair had four goals over the course of the two games while Kezley Anderson and Lily Wyatt had a goal each.
Bearettes coach Tim Bohanan said his team came alive Saturday after falling behind 2-1 to the Governors. “Halfway through the first half they just flipped a switch and we started playing soccer,” he said. “It was some of the prettiest soccer we’ve played all preseason and all regular season. I’m really excited. We’re getting some opportunities. Last night we got lots of opportunities. We’re able to create opportunities now.”
The Highlanders finished with a win and a draw on the final two days after opening the tournament with a loss to South-Doyle on Thursday.
G-P beat Sevier County 4-1 on Friday behind two goals from Madison Thomas and one each from Grace Fuller and Kelsey Henry. Henry, Makenzie Yaksic and Alexa Alana added assists. The Highlanders tied Sullivan South on Saturday via two Jaynie Renfrogoals. Yaksic and Chynna Casey had assists.
“I’m very pleased with the way we played the last two games after the way we played on Thursday,” said G-P coach Whit Helton. “One of the things about the first leg of the season. you’re trying to get everybody on the same page. Playing three consecutive days in a row, some girls have to dig deeper and they have to go a lot harder than they think they can. I saw a lot of bright spots both in our offense and our defense.”
The Eagles finished the invitational 1-0-2 after beating William Blount 4-0 on Friday and tying Karns 1-1 on Saturday.
All four goals against the Governors came after halftime in hot conditions. Alexus Boise had a hat trick while Chloe Underwood had one goal. Boise, Underwood, Kara Smith and Danielle Dutcher added assists.
The lone goal against Karns came on a long throw from Breanna Flynn that was headed into the net by a defender. “It was a great game. We were just out of gas,” said Seymour coach Ron Blaydes. “The girls played an excellent game given their legs were probably noodles.”
The Tigers didn’t win any of their three games at the tournament, finishing with a 4-0 loss to Sullivan South on Friday and an 8-0 loss to South-Doyle on Saturday.
“We’ll chalk it up as a learning experience,” said Pigeon Forge coach Bill Moseley. “We have a lot of work to do. ... We’ve got to work on moving up and down the field together and finishing the ball. We’re leaving too many gaps in the field.”
The King’s Academy 2, Carter 2
STRAWBERRY PLAINS — Taylor Sparks and Lauren Dougherty each scored for the Lions in this draw on Friday night.
“I thought we played great,” said TKA coach Jeff Monckton. “It was really hot and humid at game time. I thought the girls played outstanding. It was a great, great game for them. Preseason paid off because none of my girls had their hands on their hips.” Monckton said the Lions led twice in the game before the Hornets rallied to tie both times.