Lady Cyclones fall to Dobyns-Bennett

Published 10:39 am Friday, September 1, 2023

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The Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians scored six first half goals and won the girls soccer match against the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones 7-nil on Thursday evening at Citizens Bank Stadium. The Indians also saw three players lost to injury as starting goalkeeper Aaliyah Hensley suffered a leg injury but would return to the match.
The Tribe also lost Emory Trent to a leg injury who did not return and with 6:22 remaining in the match Eveleyn Marias suffered what looked to be a concussion and the match was stopped as EMTs were called and Marias was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
No one on the Dobyns-Bennett staff was willing to comment on the injury and were visibly shaken by their fallen player.
The match was a slam dunk for D-B from the opening tap as Maggie Fleming scored in the sixth minute followed by goals from Kaylee Menta (12th minute), London Taylor (Penalty kick in the 16th minute), Nevan Smelser (26th minute), Fleming once again (35th minute) and Gigi Bulcao (36th minute).
“D-B is a great team and we had a hard time finding holes in their defense and getting those through balls,” Lady Cyclones head coach Lauren Meier said. “We had a couple of opportunities but couldn’t quite make it happen. We had the one shot off the post from Kaiya (Simmons) and that was unfortunate. Hopefully in our next match we can take what we learned from this one and apply it to the next.”
The Cyclones (2-5 overall) managed just three shots on goal as the Lady Indians quickness and tenacity defensively were evident from the start and seemingly demoralized the Lady Cyclones as the second half looked like a ‘going through the motions’ effort as D-B fired seven shots on EHS goalkeeper Abbie Krawcyzk, six of which she stopped.
“I think playing against good opponents can be a good thing,” Meier said. “We had a hard time adjusting to their midfielder’s running into the zone. We seemed confused on who was covering which player but we adjusted to it in the second half.”
In the 58th minute, Carlee Cradic scored on a breakaway and was the finishing touch for the Tribe in a runaway victory.

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