West falls, set to face Farragut
Morristown West’s Abby McGarel (left) heads the ball on Thursday night in Kingsport.
KINGSPORT — In the end, it just wasn’t meant to be.
A flurry of close calls and bad breaks turned on the Morristown West girl’s soccer team in their attempt to repeat as Region 1-AAA champions Thursday night, as Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett defended the home turf at Indian Highlands Park to win the title.
It wasn’t an easy victory for the Lady Indians, who were overmatched and outmanned for the entirety of the match until two high shots in penalty kicks after a scoreless draw for 110 minutes of play resulted in a win for the home team.
With the win, Dobyns-Bennett (15-2-3) will host Region 2-AAA runner-up Hardin Valley on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Class AAA Sectional game with the winner heading to Murfreesboro next week for the state tournament.
The loss puts the Lady Trojans (17-2) in a Sectional game at Farragut on Saturday night at 7 p.m. West’s only other loss this season came at the hands of the Lady Admirals, 3-0, two weeks ago.
Lady Trojans coach Jennifer Murphy was frustrated after the loss, both with the inability to find the net in regulation and with the officiating in the match, and she told her team it just wasn’t their night.
“It wasn’t meant to be for us,” Murphy said after the defeat. “As far as opportunity goes, the shot count was 22-4, but they buried one in penalty kicks when it counted and we didn’t do that.”
The crossbar on the goal defended by Dobyns-Bennett became the enemy of West on the night, as they had three open shots sail over the bar and two bounce off of it in regulation. In the penalty kicks tiebreaker, they sent two over the bar, including one that would have extended the tiebreaker another round.
- By Matt Daniels, Tribune Sports Editor