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D-B soccer hits milestone on way to Metcalf title

By Tanner Cook • Mar 24, 2019 at 1:29 AM

KINGSPORT — There were many missed opportunities, but the Dobyns-Bennett boys soccer team came out on top in the Jon Metcalf tournament final, edging Jefferson County 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Eastman Park.

Saturday’s outcome also marked another milestone in the Tribe program’s storied tradition.

“I think it’s important for our program to understand that a big focus for our team this year is history,” D-B coach Tom LaGuardia said. “A few things happened this weekend. One was we wanted to honor a fallen teammate by bringing his father in and make sure our players know why they play in the Metcalf tournament. ...

“This morning, the win against (Sullivan) Central was the 500th in school history. They’ve started on the next 500 now.”

View the photo gallery from the championship

Jon Metcalf’s father, Gary, was in attendance for the closing ceremonies of the tournament. Jon was a senior member of the Tribe soccer team before his passing in 2007.

Spencer Correll got things started for the Indians in the second minute with a goal on an assist from Will Arrowood. However, for the remainder of the match, the Tribe had a tough time getting anything past Patriots goalkeeper Anthony Bernardi.

Bernardi ended the match with 13 saves. The Indians took 25 shots with 14 on goal and 15 corners.

The Tribe didn’t score again until the 58th minute when Carter Swinney put one past Bernardi on a great crossing pass from Correll.

“Their goalkeeper was outstanding,” LaGuardia said. “I think there were moments where we helped him out a little bit, taking a few too many touches. He did a great job taking the angles away when we took those touches. He kept them in the game.

“We’re playing the game right,” the coach added, “but we have to finish better.”

The Indians (5-0) have been an offensive juggernaut each time out in the early part of the season. Buttressed by Jacob Park in goal, they’ve outscored their opponents by a combined 32-3 to this point.

“Credit goes to the players,” LaGuardia said. “They’ve worked extremely hard to prepare for this year in the offseason, the preseason and now into the regular season. They’ve earned what they’ve gotten. I’m proud of them and it’s exactly what we’ve been talking about for a couple of months.”

Arrowood was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Correll and Jack Perry also made the all-tournament team from D-B.

Izzy Hamelryck of Sullivan Central and John Plasted of David Crockett also were all-tournament selections.


University High defeated Carter 4-3 in the third-place game and Sullivan Central edged David Crockett 2-1 to take fifth place.

In the morning matches, Carter beat Crockett 5-2, D-B won 9-1 over Central, and Jefferson County clipped University High 2-1.

2019 Jon Metcalf All-Tournament Team

MVP — Will Arrowood, Dobyns-Bennett

Spencer Correll, Dobyns-Bennett

Jack Perry, Dobyns-Bennett

Diego Diaz, Jefferson County

Anthony Bernardi, Jefferson County

Bracken Berns, University High

Walker Page, University High

Caden Booker, Knox Carter

Elliot Hooks, Knox Carter

Izzy Hamelryck, Sullivan Central

John Plasted, David Crockett