Possession with purpose, now that’s the name of the game.
Coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to Maryville on Tuesday, Dobyns-Bennett righted the ship Friday night with a 2-0 win over Cookeville on the opening day of the Metcalf 2k13 tournament at the Eastman Park Soccer Complex at Horse Creek.
Controlling the ball for more than 90 percent of the contest, the Tribe (2-1-0) gave the Cavaliers (1-1-0) limited opportunities to shoot, much less score.
Cookeville had just two shots on goal in the game, and both came in the first half. The Cavs’ only real chance to score was canceled out by a brilliant save from D-B net minder Preston Mercer.
“The guys definitely played with more urgency tonight,” Mercer said. “They moved the ball around more and allowed our forwards to attack the defenders.”
And attack D-B did. Nineteen shots produced nine shots on goal for the Indians.
In the 11th minute, D-B’s Ty Oreskovic pounced on a free ball and blasted a shot. Cookeville goalkeeper Michael Thomas dived across the goal mouth and got his hands on the ball, but the heavy shot deflected into the back of the net, putting D-B up 1-0.
The second half was more of the same, with Cookeville constantly on the defensive.
D-B was content to work the ball around and keep it away from Cookeville. And while the Tribe got plenty of shots at the Cavs’ goal, they couldn’t find that elusive insurance goal.
“We’ve got to be hungry in the final third,” said D-B coach Chris Woods. “We’re going to see more and more teams play us with a bunch of guys back on defense.
The tournament continues today with Dobyns-Bennett playing Morristown West at noon and Knox Catholic at 7 p.m. Both games will be at Indian Highland Park.