KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill cruised to impressive wins Tuesday night in the District 1-AAA boys soccer semifinals at Indian Highland Park.
And they left no doubt as to why they came into the tournament as the top two seeds.
No. 1-seeded D-B scored six first-half goals on the way to a 9-0 drubbing of Sullivan South. The Hilltoppers used a second-half surge to pull away for a 5-0 victory over Daniel Boone.
The Tribe (17-2-1) and Science Hill (14-4-1) will meet in the district finals at 6 p.m. on Thursday at D-B. By virtue of their wins, both teams secured berths in next week’s Region 1 tournament.
D-B totally dominated the Rebels from start to finish. The Indians had 35 shots — 14 of them on goal. In the first half, nine shots on goal produced six goals.
D-B held South (9-8-1) without a shot for the entire game.
The Tribe’s Thomas Palmer and Jorge De Gyves scored within the game’s first 14 minutes on assists from Evan Fenyves. Palmer added another in the 24th, which was followed by a Jeremy Horton strike.
The Tribe’s Owen Click came off the bench to make it 5-0 in the 26th, and De Gyves gave D-B a commanding 6-0 advantage just minutes from halftime.
“We ran into a buzz saw today,” said South coach Keith Parker. “We knew what we were up against coming over here, we just couldn’t stop them.”
Horton, Warren Austin and Preston Mercer added goals in the second half, providing the final margin of victory.
Mercer, the Tribe’s senior goalie, notched his first career goal on a penalty kick.
“It’s postseason and we take every opponent seriously,” said D-B coach Chris Woods. “We stressed getting off to a good start and they did just that.
“These guys are thoroughbreds and they are ready to run.”
Science Hill faced a Daniel Boone team that had upset No. 3 Tennessee High 2-1 on Monday. The Hilltoppers took the early lead with a goal by Will Little in the 14th minute.
Miller Franklin made it 2-0 Science Hill in the 34th, and second-half goals by Jordan Rogers, Steven McKinney and Preston Fowler put away the game for the ’Toppers.
“We lost our fire from last night,” said Boone coach Steve Sessis. “They got us in a defensive mode and we couldn’t get out of it.”
D-B beat Science Hill 5-1 earlier in the season at Indian Highland Park.
“We’ve got to show up this time,” said Hilltoppers coach Brandon Kind.