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D-B soccer rallies to sink Farragut 3-2

By TANNER COOK [email protected] • Mar 29, 2018 at 8:20 PM

KINGSPORT — Two key second-half goals lifted the Dobyns-Bennett Indians soccer team over the Farragut Admirals in a 3-2 win on Thursday evening at Indian Highland Park.

The wind was a factor for both teams, but the Tribe got the wind behind them in the second half, which propelled them to the win.

Drew Miller had the equalizer goal for the Indians in the 48th minute from about 45 yards away off a free kick.

Phillip Burdge scored the winning goal off another free kick, but a much closer one in the 54th minute.

“As soon as both of the shots came off of Phillip’s and Drew’s feet, I knew they were goals,” D-B head coach Blake Rutherford said. “I’m really proud of them for fighting back after being down at half. We gave away some opportunities, though. With a team the caliber of Farragut, we can’t do that. We have to eliminate those mistakes. We were fortunate enough to come back.”

FARRAGUT’S FIRST HALF

The Admirals got off to blazing start with Wes Jeter scoring within the first few minutes of the game.

The goal in the fourth minute was off a ball that carried almost the entire length of the field off of Farragut goalkeeper Shane Miller’s foot.

The ball took one bounce and Jeter headed it into the net for the opening score.

Jeter scored again in the 38th minute off a penalty kick.

D-B’S TOUGH START

The Indians did not have the ideal start, as Farragut controlled most of the opening minutes, but the Indians went on the attack and drew a penalty kick.

Jack Perry took the penalty shot for the Tribe, but he was denied by Miller, who guessed correctly by going left and low.

Sam Garcia broke through in the 29th minute with a tally, and he was assisted by Eli Click.

D-B had more corners than the Admirals in the opening half (3-2), but could not convert the opportunities into scores.

“We started playing a little better after Jack missed the PK. All the credit to the goalie on that one. He guessed left and got it. That’s one of those 50/50 things,” Rutherford said.

UP NEXT

The Indians will play Sullivan South on Tuesday and then will go to Alabama for the Southern Coast Cup.

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