JOHNSON CITY — The District 1-AAA boys soccer final is set.
How the two teams qualified was two entirely different stories.
Big 7 Conference regular-season champion Science Hill started slow but finished fast in a 5-0 win over Daniel Boone in Tuesday's first semifinal contest at the Hilltoppers, Kermit-Tipton Stadium.
In the nightcap matching Tennessee High and Dobyns-Bennett, things turned a little chippy. The Vikings were awarded a penalty kick in the 75th minute when Orlando Rosales was pulled down in the penalty area by a D-B defender.
Tribe goalkeeper A.J. Robbins made a spectacular diving save on Jonas Schenderlein's PK, but when the ball deflected off Robbins' hands, the Vikings' Jake Slagle pounced on it and crossed it to teammate Carter Mullins standing in front of the open net.
Mullins slipped the ball into the back of the D-B goal and the Vikings celebrated their 1-0 advantage.
As time began to run down and the Indians sensed the urgency of their situation, tempers began to flare.
A hard tackle by a D-B player resulted in a yellow card. Protests resulted and red cards were issued to the Tribe's Evan Fenyves and James Prillhart, dismissing them from the game.
D-B (12-4-3) played the final desperate two minutes of the game with only nine men on the field. The Vikings (12-4-1) controlled the remainder of the contest, earning a berth not only in Thursday's District 1 final against the Hilltoppers (16-0-1) but also a spot in next week's regional semifinals.
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