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2010 Begins

Posted by Greg Hopkins at Mar 15, 2010 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
On March second, the Sullivan Central Boys Soccer Team played in their first scrimmage against Greenville High School in the freezing cold weather. Even though they lost 3-1, they played their hearts out. Shuler Hopkins was mainly responsible for the team's goal, with help from other players. Sean Behne, the team's keeper, was very proud of the team and their performance. Some notable players during the game were Neyland Hopkins, a tough junior who has been playing soccer since he was very young, and Josh Martin, a freshman who made a statement during his first high school scrimmage. The team played a great game even though they came up short in the end.
    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.
"Good Job!", "Recover, Orange!", and "Step to the ball!" were some of the many yells coming from the Stone Castle Stands on March 16th, 2010, at the SCHS Boy's Soccer team played their first game this season. Matched up against Tennessee High, a talented and speedy team in the High School conference, the boys knew what to expect. The team went into the game with a confident, yet slightly pessimistic, attitude towards the outcome of the game. Playing through their nerves, they anticipated the ball, ran to cover opposing players, and made amazing plays as a team. The first goal was scored by Austin Culberson, assisted by Josh Martin. The second goal was scored by Shuler Hopkins with an assist by Neyland Hopkins. Sean Behne displayed incredible talent as Keeper for the entire game. The team didn't falter throughout the whole game. They came out with a win of 2-1 over Tennessee High. It was their first game of the season, and their first of many wins for the season.
Don't forget to support your Soccer Team by coming to their games!
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Posted by Greg Hopkins at Apr 30, 2009 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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.

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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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Central Beats SH

Posted by Greg Hopkins at Apr 30, 2009 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
April 28, 2009

JOHNSON CITY -- One of the finest seasons in Sullivan Central history continued Tuesday.

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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.
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Central soccer team shuts out South Greene

Posted by Greg Hopkins at Mar 12, 2009 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Central soccer team shuts out South Greene

Published March 12th, 2009 | 0 Comments

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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.