Bearden wins state soccer championship on penalty kicks


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WATE) – It took regulation, four periods of extra time and penalty kicks to decide the Class AAA State Championship on Friday.

In the end, the Bearden Bulldogs outlasted Station Camp in a 4-3 shootout to send the Bulldogs back to Knoxville with the title.

“I don’t like PKs,” Bearden head coach Ryan Radcliffe said. “I don’t think they’re the greatest way to win or lose a game but you just walk away and pray.”

The Bulldogs were led by junior goalie Holden Giesecke ​​​​​​, who allowed only one goal in the three state tournament games.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet but it’s gonna,” Giesecke said. “This group of seniors man, they’ve supported me the whole way. I’m glad I could make a save for them.”

With the win, Bearden claims its fifth championship in program history and the second in the last five years.

“When you’re a family and you’re that close, a lot of things go your way and it makes soccer and life a lot easier,” Radcliffe said. “There are some boys that will go on to play college and some that won’t, but I guarantee they’ll always remember this moment because I will.”

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