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Dobyns-Bennett soccer blanks Lady Cyclones 4-0

Allen LaMountain • Aug 30, 2018 at 10:36 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The storm that blew through the Tri-Cities on Thursday afternoon was a precursor to the action at Citizens Bank Stadium, where Dobyns-Bennett took on Elizabethton in non-conference girls soccer action.

“After Tuesday night’s debacle in Johnson City against Science Hill, it always feels good to get that taste out of your mouth heading into the Labor Day weekend,” Lady Indians head coach Blake Rutherford said. “The best thing was a good result on the road against a good team. I thought we played well, kept the ball more than we have in the past and had good success.”

The Lady Indians (2-2-1) halted a three-game EHS win streak with a 4-0 road victory.

In the 12th minute, sophomore Brantley Coggins fired a left-footed shot past Lady Cyclones goalkeeper Baylee Creasy for a 1-0 Tribe lead. Coggins was assisted on the goal by sophomore Anna Kate Breeding.

Both sides had players shown yellow cards, with Elizabethton junior forward Kalen Shell getting one in the 29th minute and Coggins in the 35th minute of the first half. Freshman Madeline Lyons took advantage of a Lady Cyclones error in clearing the ball from their goal area, pouncing on it near the 15-yard line and driving to the goal.

Her shot beat Creasy, who initially stopped the ball but failed to hold on. The ball crossed the goal line with 43 seconds remaining in the half.

Outshooting EHS 8-3, D-B got second-half goals from senior McKenzie Guest in the 54th minute and senior Jessica Winkler in the 63rd. The second of those scores was a bit of an odd one, as Creasy let the ball get through her hands — and Winkler was there to nudge it home.

“I love it when assists are involved in scoring,” Rutherford said. “It means they are sharing the ball and playing off one another and setting one another up. Everyone had a good game and that is something we need to build on.”

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