Posted by Greg Hopkins on Apr 30 2009 at 05:00PM PDT
by Steve Wilmoth
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.


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