Dobyns-Bennett's Ty Oreskovic (8) works the ball in front of Tennessee High's Orlando Rosales (5) during Tuesday's Big 7 match in Kingsport. (Ned Jilton II photo)
KINGSPORT — Tennessee High's Jonas Schenderlein scored a goal on a brilliant running header in the 78th minute to secure a 4-4 tie for the Vikings in a season-opening Big 7 Conference boys soccer match against Dobyns-Bennett at Indian Highland Park on Tuesday.
Schenderlein's heroics came after he had missed an open net in the 75th minute and hit the D-B crossbar 60 seconds later.
The match result was a bitter pill for the Indians to swallow after they had opened a 3-0 lead in the first half and led 4-2 with 26 minutes left to play.
"Despite being behind, I felt like we were in it the whole time," said Tennessee High coach Evandro Valente. "This is a good way to start the season and I love it."
D-B's Ty Oreskovic had a spectacular outing, scoring three goals. All were unassisted and two came on direct free kicks.
The Indians outshot the Vikings 30-13 and had a 13-9 shots on goal advantage.
But a porous defense doomed the Tribe.
"Just a sloppy and rusty defense by us today," said D-B coach Blake Rutherford. "We've got to learn to finish the match. Our poor defending came all over the field. This outcome is just not up to our standards."
Devin Stuart scored D-B's opening goal on an assist from Evan Fenyves.
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