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No. 2 Indians beat Vikings to stay undefeated

By PAT KENNEY, Sports Correspondent • Apr 21, 2018 at 2:20 AM

KINGSPORT — Displaying a mastery of the game that justifies its No. 2 ranking in the state, Dobyns-Bennett cruised to an 8-1 Big 7 Conference soccer win over Tennessee High on Friday at Indian Highland Park.

Matt Diminick, Will Arrowood and Tucker Holt each had a goal and an assist for the Indians (10-0-2, 4-0-1).

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“We truly believe we are one of the best teams in the state,” Diminick said. “Our goal is to get to Murfreesboro for the state tournament and we haven’t taken our eyes off that yet.”

D-B got on the board in the seventh minute when Arrowood stole the ball and crossed it to Diminick racing in on the Tennessee High goalkeeper.

“All I had to do was tap it in,” Diminick said. “It was a perfect cross.”

The Vikings (3-5-1, 2-3-1) stunned the partisan crowd with an equalizing goal less than a minute later when Baker Hutton launched a shot from distance. The ball looked like it would sail over the crossbar, but at the last second it dipped and found net.

It was only the fifth goal allowed by the Indians this season.

“We knew then that we had to continue to put the pedal to the metal,” Diminick noted.

Five minutes later, Diminick made a cross of his own that found the waiting boot of Arrowood, who redirected the ball into the net to give the Tribe a 2-1 advantage they would never relinquish.

D-B added first-half goals on a penalty kick by Samuel Garcia, a free kick from Drew Miller and another from Holt.

The 5-1 lead at the half was too much for the Vikings to overcome.

“Penalties killed us tonight,” said Tennessee High coach Andrew Snyder. “Good or bad, right or wrong, there are no excuses.”

D-B added second-half goals via Phillip Burdge, Mason McDougal and an own goal by the Vikings.

MOMENTUM-BUILDER

Next up for the Indians is a trip to Johnson City on Tuesday to meet Science Hill with the regular-season conference crown on the line.

“This was a quality result against a good team,” said D-B coach Blake Rutherford. “It’s just what we needed heading into our showdown with Science Hill.

“It was a managerial style of play. We established possession and were dangerous all over the field.”

SHOOTING GALLERY

D-B’s offensive attack was so striking that it produced 46 shots, 27 of them on goal.

“They made it look effortless tonight,” Rutherford said.

SAVING GRACE

Tennessee High goalkeeper Hugh Tagert kept the score from getting completely out of hand. Tagert made 17 saves in the game, many with D-B forwards bearing down on him from point-blank range.

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