BRISTOL, Tenn. — Soccer is not considered a lonely sport, but for Dobyns-Bennett goalkeeper Preston Mercer, well, he sure looks lonely.
Through most of the season, the Tribe offense has showed strong ball control that has kept most of the action at the other end of the field.
Tuesday evening was more of the same. Mercer watched from his goal as his team captured the District 1-AAA soccer regular-season championship with a 2-0 decision over Tennessee High.
After several misfired shots, D-B found its first goal in the 32nd minute when Evan Fenyves took an assist from Seth Douthat and gingerly rolled the ball into the net.
Seven minutes later, Jorge De Gyves dribbled through a host of Vikings defenders for the final score of the evening.
Mercer admits that he would like to see more action, but only to keep up his level of concentration. He’s more than happy with the team’s offensive capabilities.
“I try to stay focused by communicating, talking to the other players as much as possible. When you are less engaged it’s easier to slip up, so I try to stay involved as much as I can,” said Mercer.
The win enabled D-B (15-2-1, 6-0) to cross out the first line of its seasonal checklist.
“We got a result that we needed. The boys realized that tonight the conference was on the line and this was the first step to making our way through May,” said Tribe assistant coach Blake Rutherford.
Tennessee High coach Evandro Valente knew the type of offensive power D-B was capable of producing. And while his attempts at trying to counterattack fell short, he was pleased with his team’s efforts.
“We made some mistakes but I thought we played a good game. We know D-B is a good, high-ranked team, and everybody played hard and gave their best against a good team,” said Valente.
D-B, the No. 1 seed, will host the district tournament. The loss dropped Tennessee High to the No. 3 seed behind Science Hill.
The Indians close out the regular season tonight against Volunteer before turning around and hosting the Falcons again in the first round of the tournament next week.