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Cougars’ scoring chances scarce in loss to Cyclones

By Joe Avento • Apr 10, 2018 at 11:03 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Four players scored goals, the Elizabethton defense stymied Sullivan Central and the Cyclones beat the Cougars 4-0 in a District 1-AA soccer game Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Stadium.

“We didn’t give them many opportunities,” said Elizabethton coach Bill McClay. “We had a lot of shots and converted some of them.”

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Jaxton Holly opened the scoring with a goal 9:52 into the game. As it turned out, that was all Elizabethton (3-3, 2-0) needed.

Central’s attack consisted mostly of long balls trying to break through the Cyclones’ last line of defense, resulting in short possessions for the Cougars.

“We know they’re really good through the middle so we were trying to bypass that by trying to go over the top,” Central coach John Rutherford said. “They just executed and counteracted us almost perfectly.”

None of the balls got through and the Cougars (0-4, 0-3) had very few scoring chances.

“The thing is, I thought we were giving them too much reception in the middle of the field,” McClay said. “That was the first time we played against somebody that played three up top and my fullbacks just all dropped and it left this gap. They exploited that a bit.

“The guys did a good job. The keeper did a good job. I thought overall we did pretty well.”

Meanwhile, Elizabethton kept constant pressure on the Central defense.

Dylan Norby made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute, and that’s the way it stood at halftime. Teagan Bernshausen scored a minute into the second half to take any suspense out of the game. Luke Bernshausen added the final tally 2½ minutes from the end.

“We had some promising stuff, some stuff we can definitely improve on and some things that we didn’t do as good,” Rutherford said.

“We have a lot of good notes to work on going forward and we’ll take it from there.”

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