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Tilson's hat trick boosts D-B over Boone

Tanner Cook • Sep 17, 2019 at 9:40 PM

GRAY — The Dobyns-Bennett girls soccer team survived a second-half comeback from Daniel Boone on Tuesday to earn a 7-4 District 1-AAA win at Nathan Hale Stadium.

The Lady Indians used a surge late in the first half that produced three goals in a four-minute span to build a 5-1 lead at the half. Haylee Tilson had a hat trick for the Tribe with goals in the first, 33rd and 43rd minutes. 

“We wanted to get in some players that hadn't played a lot and get them some game experience,” D-B coach Tony Weaver said. “In the first half, I thought we played pretty well. We have been working on some things in practice that looked really good and we didn't move to the ball quite as well in the first half. Towards the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half, we started doing that a lot better.

“That little flurry there was enough to put us over the top and let us play a little bit more freely.”

Blaire Barrett, Brantley Coggins, Emilee Lane and Laura Murphy also had goals for the Tribe (3-3-1). 

The Lady Trailblazers played well in the loss and kept the match tied until the 24th minute. Tessa Arney tallied the first goal for Boone (5-4) before it became the Madeline Runnels show in the second half. 

Runnels also recorded a hat trick, scoring in the 51st, 53rd and 66th. 

In the final 10 minutes, Boone had two on-goal shots that could have tightened the match go off the crossbar.

Boone coach Steve Sessis walked off the pitch with his head held high.

“We had an absolute breakdown there for about five minutes and Dobyns-Bennett capitalized on it,” Sessis said. “The girls came back in the second half and really fought hard. Coach Weaver really showed some class by subbing out his starters and it turned into a good match. We played hard and I’m proud of the result.

“When (Madeline) learns to anticipate a little bit more, she’s going to be really good. I don’t know what the limits are for her. She’s got to time (things) a little bit better and she’s a breakthrough player. She brought us back and she had some really good passes.”

On Thursday, the Lady Indians are back in action at Tennessee High while Daniel Boone hosts Volunteer. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. 

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