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Missed opportunities costly for D-B girls in soccer tilt with  Lady Vikes

By TANNER COOK Sports Reporter • Aug 23, 2018 at 10:00 PM

KINGSPORT — There were plenty of opportunities, but hardly any of them were converted.

That was the story from Indian Highland Park on Thursday evening as the Dobyns-Bennett girls soccer team fell in a conference matchup against Tennessee High 2-1.

The Lady Indians (1-1-1) took 23 total shots with 14 of them on goal, including seven inside the six-yard box, but the ball didn’t bounce D-B’s way.

“We could’ve been out in the middle of Boone Lake in a boat, thrown the ball out and not hit water,” D-B head coach Blake Rutherford said. “It all goes back to us missing opportunities. We counted three or four times in the second half when there were two of our players inside the six-yard box and we couldn’t generate a shot. I don’t know if it’s fear or what, but I thought we played better against Knox West than we did tonight against Tennessee High.”

Lady Vikings goalkeeper Kyra Littleford made save after save, accounting for 13 of them and was getting beaten up early in the second half when she took a couple of follow-throughs to the stomach.

LADY VIKES OFF TO A HOT START

Tennessee High (1-3) got off to a roaring start in the first half with a quick goal in the 12th minute by Mya Howren as she was assisted by Taylor Harr.

The Lady Vikes got it on a breakaway off a D-B change of possession near midfield. Tribe goalkeeper Cydney Kinkead might have also come a bit too far out of the box to make the save and let the ball go by her.

The second goal for the Lady Vikings came in the 26th minute when Emma Arnold blew by her defender on the back right side to get the insurance goal for Tennessee High.

The Lady Vikings had a 2-0 lead at the half.

D-B COMES TO LIFE

The Tribe was aggressive out of the locker room, probably fueled by a spirited speech by Rutherford.

The Lady Indians responded by getting a goal in the 53rd minute from Brantley Coggins on a ball that sneaked by Littleford off a rebound.

The Tribe had several chances in the waning minutes of the game, including two corner kicks, but everything either went wide or was stopped cold by Tennessee High.

“The girls had a deer in the headlights look out there sometimes when we had the ball and were trying to create offense,” Rutherford said. “They were being reactive instead of proactive.”

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