KINGSPORT — There were no reports of good luck charms or anti-rain dances, but the wet weather forecast for the Jon Metcalf Highland Cup soccer tournament stayed away long enough for a champion to be decided Saturday.
Just as the skies opened up over Eastman Fields for a brief cloudburst, Cookeville claimed the tournament title with a 2-1 decision over Jefferson County.
Cookeville advanced from the semifinals with a 3-1 win over Dobyns-Bennett, while Jefferson County got by Tennessee High 4-2 in the other semifinal.
"This morning kind of stung a little bit. I don't know if it was the early morning game but we just weren't sharp," coach Blake Rutherford said of his Indians' first loss of the season. "We had opportunities. We just didn't do all we needed to do to get the results."
James Prillhart had D-B's lone goal in the loss.
While the Cavaliers were celebrating their championship, the Indians were on the adjacent field blanking Karns 6-0 for an unofficial third-place finish.
That came following a switch in the consolation matches. D-B and Tennessee High were set to face off but swapped opponents because they already play each other during the regular season — as do Karns and Lenoir City.
Lenoir City defeated Tennessee High 6-2 in their match.
D-B had little trouble with the Beavers, building a 3-0 halftime lead. Goals by Spencer Murphy, Karsten Parker and Ty Oreskovic put the Indians in control.
Rutherford switched up his lineup to give several starters a rest and others valuable minutes.
"We started about a third of the starters, just trying to rest due to the long morning. Obviously the other guys have been working hard and it was a chance for them to get some reps. They did well and not a bad way to end the tournament," Rutherford said.
In the second half, D-B played a man short after a player was ejected with a red card. It wasn't too costly, though. The Tribe tacked on three more scores.
Devin Stuart had two goals and Owen Click added the other. Stuart's goals came on assists from Click and Jordan Broadwater.
With Kingsport schools on spring break this week, Rutherford gave his team a couple days off before preparing for a Big 7 Conference showdown with Science Hill on Friday.
"Whenever we get together with Science Hill, it always has the makings for an interesting game. It will be a great atmosphere as it always is," Rutherford said.
Volunteer, playing in its first tournament ever, dropped a morning contest with Karns before falling to University High later in the day.comments powered by Disqus