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D-B fast-forwards to victory over Boone

Jack Goodson • Apr 7, 2009 at 12:00 AM

GRAY — Snow came in waves during Tuesday’s District 1-AAA soccer tilt between Daniel Boone and Dobyns-Bennett.

So, too, did the Indians.

The Tribe struck four times in the final eight minutes of the first half, prompting a second-half forfeit from Boone — trailing 8-0 at the time.

Junior striker David Geno was at the center of just about everything good for D-B. His shift included four goals and an assist.

“I think we played well,” Geno said. “We’ve been slow at the start of games lately, but we were able to jump on them early today.

“I think that was a key.”

Unlocking the Boone defense — minus four starters because of spring break — did not prove to be a problem for the Tribe (5-2-1, 2-0-0).

Finishing did.

Nine of D-B’s 14 shots on target were right at Trailblazers keeper Landon Sprinkle. Many of those were in 1-on-1 situations.

“We had a lot of chances, I’m really disappointed we didn’t finish more,” Indians coach Shane Calvert said. “We cannot continue to do that.”

Finishing wasn’t really a problem early. Chase Givens collected the day’s first goal after just three minutes, a lethal blow from close range. Geno opened his account three minutes later.

The two forwards linked up in the 16th minute, Givens squaring the ball for Geno to sidefoot past Sprinkler at the near post.

Geno set up Craig Mitcham for D-B’s fourth in the 25th, a bizarre finish that ricocheted off the post and then the goalkeeper before nestling in the back of the net.

“Our guys seem to hit another gear once we get a shot on goal,” Calvert said. “I think our guys did a great job tonight.

“We created a lot of passing lanes with our movement.”

The Indians’ last — and fatal — flurry started eight minutes from the break when Matt Merrow unleashed Cory O’Neil on goal for an easy finish.

On the ensuing kickoff, Geno wrestled away possession from a Boone player near midfield. His marauding run ended with a delicate finish under the onrushing goalie.

Mitcham completed his brace next with a precision finish from nearly 25 yards. Geno’s fourth of the day four minutes later capped the scoring.

“It was going to be a tough game and we knew it,” said Boone coach Steve Sessis, whose team is now 2-5-1 overall, 0-2-0 in the district.

“D-B has an ability to move the ball so well. We were able to do some things, too, which was a first for us against them.”

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