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Lady Indians lose Tilson to injury, match against Vikings

By JOHNNY WILSON, Sports Correspondent • Sep 20, 2019 at 1:00 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — When Haylee Tilson went down, so did the Dobyns-Bennett girls soccer team.

With their senior leader feared out for the season after suffering a first-half knee injury, the Lady Indians were not up to the task Thursday at the Stone Castle, dropping a 4-0 District 1-AAA decision to Tennessee High.

Any chance D-B (3-4-1) had against the Lady Vikings (6-3-1) took a serious hit 16 minutes into the match when Tilson, who scored three goals Tuesday in a win over Daniel Boone, crumbled to the ground in agonizing pain with THS up 1-0. The injury occurred when Tilson and a THS player collided as they jockeyed for possession near midfield.

“She’s one of our captains and so she’s going to be really missed,” said D-B coach Tony Weaver, adding that early indications weren’t favorable for Tilson to return this season. “We have other girls, obviously, who can get things done, but she’s who makes us go a lot of the time.

“I treat these girls like my children,” he added. “It hurts me to the core this has happened.”

VIKINGS CASH IN

Up 1-0 with a rebound goal from Laura Lavinder in the 11th minute, Tennessee High stepped up its attack following Tilson’s departure.

Powerful Emma Arnold and speedy Mya Howren, a pair of seniors, controlled the edges, while hard-nosed sophomore Sophie Arnold forced the issue from her midfield position, putting the Vikings in firm control.

Arnold scored in the 26th minute on a one-time blast, then made it a 3-0 game two minutes into the second half by tapping in a gimme, there for the taking following a terrific save in goal by diving Tribe keeper Ellie Nash.

In fact, including a point-blank Claire Helms shot with just 4.1 seconds left, three of Tennessee High’s four goals came on uncontested follow-up shots.

“I told the girls that she (Nash) did her job and made the saves,” Weaver said. “But that we’ve got to watch for those rebounds.

“I’m proud of how the girls fought, though,” the coach added, “particularly under the circumstances, against a talent- ed team like Tennessee High.”

MOONEY TICKLED

Tennessee High’s Kevin Mooney was one pleased coach afterward.

“I thought we really played well,” he said. “We came out with a lot of energy and we kept the tempo up the whole game.

“We’ve got some talented players who can do some special things, and luckily we were able to capitalize on some of the good opportunities that we had.”

Defensively, Mooney received a shutout in goal from Kyra Littleford.

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