Claire Chapman scored three goals Tuesday and the Lady Indians pulled away from Daniel Boone for a 4-1 victory in girls soccer action at Nathan Hale Stadium.
“It was just very sloppy, especially in the first half,” D-B coach Blake Rutherford said. “Tactically, we just weren’t interested in being there. It was very disappointing. But thank goodness for Claire Chapman and what she did tonight.”
The Lady Indians (4-2-1, 2-2 District 1-AAA) broke away from a 1-1 tie with three late goals. They controlled the ball for 80 percent of the game, maybe even more.
“We were creating opportunities,” Rutherford said. “We just couldn’t finish them off.”
Part of the reason for D-B’s lack of scoring in the early going was the play of Faith Robinson, Boone’s goalie, who put forth a heroic effort with 25 saves. That was two shy of the school record.
“Faith did a terrific job,” Boone coach Steve Sessis said. “She kept us in the game. The defense made them shoot from the outside, but Faith was the one that did the ultimate stopping. She’s a keeper.”
The Lady Trailblazers (4-4-1, 1-3) scored first when Madeline Runnels connected at the end of a counterattack in the 12th minute. The Tribe got the equalizer 18 minutes later when Chapman scored her first goal, a shot from point-blank range that went off the underside of the crossbar.
That’s the way it stayed for the next 35 minutes.
Robinson kept it 1-1 with a diving save on a free kick with 16 minutes left.
”We were always waiting for the shoe to drop,” Sessis said. “They had the possession and that was what I was concerned about. The girls played their hearts out. I can’t fault them. They gave everything they had.”
Chapman finally put D-B on top when the Boone defense failed to clear a corner kick and she slotted it home. Tayla Holt made it 3-1 when she scored off a pass from McKenzie Guest, and Chapman put the finishing touches on her second consecutive hat trick when she curled a left-footed shot just inside the left post.
“Credit to Boone,” Rutherford said. “They did a really good job defensively. We had opportunities and we have to clean that up.”
The Lady Indians travel to Greeneville on Saturday to take on the reigning TSSAA Class A-AA champions.
“If we play like this against Greeneville, we’ll be home by halftime,” Rutherford said. “We will get blown out.”