KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett soccer coach Chris Woods made an early promise to his players that they would see the best competition available during the season.
Part of that promise included a matchup with Ooltewah High School, and when Saturday’s game concluded, the Indians had an 8-1 win.
“We promised the kids that we were going to bring the best teams that we can in here,” Woods noted. “We schedule teams that may face us later and Ooltewah has had a good season and could possibly represent the Chattanooga area in the playoffs.”
Ooltewah scored first when Trey Tucker broke loose and looped the ball over a charging Preston Mercer, D-B’s goalkeeper.
That proved to be the only bright spot for the Owls on Saturday.
Despite showing strong ball control, it took 28 minutes for the Tribe to record its first score.
After that, the goals came fast. Anyone visiting the concession stand missed three goals in a little over a minute.
The barrage started when Jeremy Horton’s corner kick bounced off a header by Adam Miller and found the foot of Austin Pate.
Seconds later, Jorge De Gyves stole the ball and laid a crossover to a waiting Evan Fenyves for goal No. 2.
Before the Tribe faithful could settle from their applause, Horton connected on a free kick that Pate headed in for a 3-1 lead.
Thomas Palmer and Horton closed out the period by adding a goal apiece.
Seth Douthat laid off a pass to De Gyves in fourth minute of the second period to stake the Tribe to a 6-1 lead. From there Woods cleared the benches and the second team finished the contest.
Goals by Chris Carter and Owen Click accounted for the final margin.
Though Saturday’s result was not what he’d hoped, coach Rick Adolph’s Owls (7-4-1) did achieve one purpose. Just like D-B, Ooltewah played an out-of-area school to see where the team stands.
“We try to get out of our region to see where we are at and what the state has,” Adolph said.
The win Saturday closed out Woods’ promised out-of-district schedule. D-B (12-2) ends the regular season with three league games over the next two weeks before hosting the district tournament.
This season, the Tribe faced Maryville, Knox Catholic, Seymour, Bearden and Cookeville, and made a trip into South Carolina for a team tournament. The team’s only two defeats were an early, 1-0 loss to Maryville and a 5-1 setback in South Carolina.
“We played Maryville early and dominated the game before losing. It would have been very easy for to go into our shell and become nervous but the guys have stayed with the process and that is what we are trying to coach,” Woods added.