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During their second scrimmage on March fourth, the team lost 4-2 to Morristown East. The two goals from our team were scored by Austin Culberson, assisted by Josh Martin, and Zach Shelton, assisted by Neyland Hopkins via precision pass. Coach Bart Burris said that the scrimmages "allowed us to see what we need to work on at practice." He applauded the boys on their effort and skill during the scrimmage.
For their third scrimmage on March ninth, the boys played very well, but didn't come up with a win. It was their first time playing on Central's home field this season. Shuler Hopkins demonstrated some quick foot skill talents, while Evan Dumke scored the team their goal. At the end of the game, the score was 2-1, a loss to Elizabethton High School. The players were challenged with the condition of the field, that made it hard to pass and play the ball successfully. It was an upsetting loss, because the first goal scored by Elizabethton was only made due to the ball hitting a sprinkler head in the field. The second goal scored by Elizabethton was made only because it ricocheted off of one of the many clumps of torn up grass.
Playing on a wet field on March eleventh, the Sullivan Central Boys Soccer Team came out with their first scrimmage victory of the season over Daniel Boone High School. The final score was 2-1, with Austin Culberson and Dakota Sillyman both scoring impressive goals. The team walked off the field with a new confident attitude to set the tone for the rest of their 2010 season.
Cliff Ferguson, the head coach of the team, said that he thinks his team "has the personnel to make it to the championships." He was very optimistic for the outcome of this season, and hopes to make the best of it.
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April 30, 2009
KINGSPORT -- After Sullivan Central's tussle with Dobyns-Bennett at Indian Highland Park on Thursday evening, the post-game moods of the respective coaches would have suggested the game had a different outcome.
Dobyns-Bennett - Sullivan Central Photo Gallery
Sullivan Central's Cliff Ferguson took many positives from his Cougars' tough 2-1 defeat to the Indians. Conversely, Tribe head man Shane Calvert was miffed enough to have his team sprint directly to the clubhouse for some post-match feedback.
"It took us a long time to wake up," said a preturbed, but calming Calvert. "That's two games in a row where we've waited until the last 10 minutes to get the goal we needed to win."
Indeed, it was Chase Givens' left foot that found the back of the Central goal to break a 1-1 tie and eventually send the Indians past a game Cougar squad.
Despite the lackadaisical start, the Indians still tallied early as David Geno converted off a throw-in by the Tribe's Will Bateman.
Central knotted the match on a Bennett Becker free kick and the Cougars' confidence soared.
"We came out with good intensity coming off our big win at Science Hill," said the Cougars' Ferguson. "We're playing much better soccer here at the end of the season."
Calvert said he's still waiting to see the best from his team.
"We haven't peaked yet and at this point, I'm not sure we will," said Calvert. "We need a beter sesne of urgency next week."
Next week is district tournament time. Both teams have landed home matches in the opening round.
Central [3-3, 8-8-1] gets a re-match with Science Hill on Monday while Dobyns-Bennett [13-3-2], with its perfect 6-0-0 conference slate will wait until Tuesday to play the winner of the David Crockett - Daniel Boone match.
April 28, 2009
JOHNSON CITY -- One of the finest seasons in Sullivan Central history continued Tuesday.
Sullivan Central - Science Hill Photo Gallery
Bennett Becker scored two goals in a three-minute span to send the visiting Cougars past Science Hill, 2-1, in a key Big 9 conference affair.
The 'Toppers grabbed the early lead when Alex Weber found the back of the net. Becker answered and short time later the Cougars rode the tending of keeper Sean Behne, who turned back every Science Hill surge and finished with an amazing 32 saves.
Science Hill drops to 6-6-3 on the season while Central improves to 8-7-1 and heads to Kingsport to face regular season champion Dobyns-Bennett on Thursday.
Central soccer team shuts out South Greene
BLOUNTVILLE — Two goals. Two minutes.
And the blitzkrieg was just getting started.
Sullivan Central netted in the first and second minutes, shelling South Greene 8-0 in non-district soccer action Thursday night.
“That was pretty good,” Central coach Cliff Ferguson said. “Our offense worked really well tonight. Not a bad way to start the season, I’d say.”
The Cougars revealed a robust attacking repertoire in their season opener, leading by four goals just 12 minutes into the match.
Bennett Becker began this season much like he closed the last — on fire. The senior striker, who scored a school-record 34 goals a year ago, opened his 2009 account in the second minute.
Becker added to his tally in the eighth via a rasping drive from 18 yards. The hat trick was complete a minute before the half thanks to a near identical effort.
A groin injury kept Becker off the field for most of the second half — and likely for today’s match at Elizabethton — but the result was already well in hand.
“I’m trying to to get back to form,” Becker said, “but my groin injury held me back tonight. I’ve had it for about a week, but this is the worst it’s been.”
One could hardly tell. Becker had a pair of assists as well, setting up Neyland Hopkins for arguably the game’s best goal after 23 minutes. Hopkins latched onto the deftest of touches from Becker, and struck a first-time effort with the outside of his foot past South Greene keeper Roger Sherman at his near post.
Senior Austin Culberson benefited from Becker’s other assist, wrapping a right-footed effort just inside the near stick in the 61st minute to cap the night’s scoring.
Culberson, a winger, threatened throughout thanks to some great service. His pinpoint corner kick set up Kenneth Long for the match’s opening goal, a towering header into the far-side netting. Later, he teed up Becker for his third.
Central finished with 45 shots, 23 on goal, compared to just three total shots for the Rebels (1-1). Also scoring for the Cougars were Zach Shelton (12th) and John Long (penalty, 49th).
“There are a lot of things we still need to improve upon, but for the first game, we looked pretty good,” Ferguson said.