FARRAGUT—Farragut senior Wes Jeter scored a hat trick—three goals—as the Admirals eliminated Oak Ridge from the soccer playoffs in a 3-0 regional semifinal shutout on Tuesday.
It was the second year in a row that the Wildcats’ season ended in a Region 2-AAA semifinal loss at Farragut, although last year’s score was closer, 3-2.
Jeter scored his first goal in the first half on Tuesday. He scored his next two goals about three minutes apart halfway through the second half. Jeter scored the second goal as he curled into the middle of the field from the left side and drilled a line drive shot past diving Oak Ridge goalkeeper Bryson Brown. Farragut scored its last goal after passing the ball from left to right near the net and then back out front to Jeter, a senior forward, who kicked in another low shot.
The Admirals have been described as a senior-laden team, while the Wildcats have had a lot of young players this year. Four to five freshman started most of the year, with some sophomores sprinkled in.
The Wildcats finished as District 3-AAA runner-up again this year after losing to Karns 3-0 in the district championship game last Thursday. The Admirals were District 4 champions after beating Maryville 4-1 on Saturday. (Jeter had one goal and two assists during that game, the third straight district championship for Farragut.)
Maryville lost to Karns in the other Region 2 semifinal game on Tuesday.
The Admirals and Beavers will play in the Region 2 championship game at 7 p.m. today (Thursday, May 16).
Oak Ridge and Farragut also played in the regional tournament in 2017, when the Wildcats lost to the Admirals 2-1 in the championship game. Oak Ridge won its last district championship that year, its fourth in a row.
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