KINGSPORT — When a chef runs out of certain ingredients, he finds the need to experiment with the recipe. Dobyns-Bennett soccer coach Chris Woods has found himself tinkering with the ingredients of his lineup this weekend for the Metcalf 2k13 tournament.
Early Saturday his entree was a 3-0 win over Morristown West.
Saturday night’s recipe at Indian Highland Park cooked up a 2-2 draw with Knox Catholic.
Woods’ need to vary the recipe has nothing to do with shaking up the menu from early-season results. It comes from being down three starters with nagging injuries.
If this weren’t enough, he had to go back to the cookbook early. The team dropped another starter three minutes into the night’s second contest when defender Zak Robbins went down with an ankle injury.
D-B didn’t let the injury interrupt the cooking process. Just over a minute later, Evan Fenyves took a short field cross from Jeremy Horton for a 1-0 lead.
Catholic spent the first 20 minutes under the spell of D-B’s game control before East Tennessee State signee Suddy Hutchins headed a pass for a 1-1 tie.
Just three minutes later Horton and Fenyves decided to do it again. Horton once again laid off the assist for Fenyves’ second goal of the evening.
Adjustments at the half saw the Fighting Irish slow down the cooking process by upping the intensity with strong ball control, keeping D-B out of scoring range. The Indians’ first real shot on goal didn’t come until the 13th minute.
Several missed D-B opportunities later led to Catholic’s Noah Keener shooting a header past several defenders to set the final score.
“We had a great game, there were freshmen out there for probably 70 percent of the minutes,” Woods said. “We also showed great leadership, especially when a teammate goes down like we had, and responded well.
“I couldn’t be happier in the way we played.”
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