KINGSPORT — A common sight for Sullivan South soccer fans over the past four years has been Taylor Moore patrolling the defensive end of the field. Tuesday evening, the senior helped lead the Rebels to a 7-0 shutout of David Crockett.
While the defense was limiting Crockett to two shots on goal, the offense cranked up, getting a hat trick from Blake Stickley. Stickley scored the Rebels’ first two goals and added a third early in the second period.
South coach Keith Parker, while happy with the win, saw some things to work on as the district tournament draws near.
“Our goal was to jump on them early, and we succeeded in that. But the guys get in trouble and try to go too much north-south when we need to go east-west and control possession,” said Parker.
South (6-7, 2-3) picked up goals from William Hogue, Creighton Shivell, Colton Young and Josh Johnson while recording its second District 1-AAA win.
The team is also working on a side project for Moore, setting him up to end the season with at least one goal. Efforts almost came to fruition late Tuesday, but Moore’s penalty kick sailed slightly left of goal. He did record an assist early in the first half.
“Taylor has been a great leader for us as well as an outstanding student,” Parker said. “But we are working on getting that goal and hopefully get the monkey off his back.”
As his prep days near an end, Moore has no plans to slow down. During his four years at South, he has had little time to.
Also a kicker on the football team, Moore’s seasons rolled together, combining with college prep courses and a part-time job.
For most, the opportunity of a summer vacation would seem to be in order, but not for Moore. His next chapter doesn’t include cleats but something more along the lines of a business suit.
“I plan on working all summer to save money. I’ve been accepted into the business program at the University of Tennessee and plan on focusing on that with maybe a minor in Spanish or Chinese,” Moore said.
Tuesday’s win was the first of a three-day homestand for the Rebels. The team entertains Grainger County on Wednesday and West Greene on Thursday.