KINGSPORT-- A voracious attack combined with an impenetrable defense secured Dobyns-Bennett the District 1-AAA regular-season soccer title on Wednesday night at Indian Highland Park.
and Evan Fenyves
scored two goals apiece as the Tribe (11-1-2, 5-0-0) rolled past Sullivan South 6-0.
No matter what the outcome of next week's final league matchup with Sullivan Central, D-B has the tie-breaker over Science Hill and will get the No. 1 seed in the upcoming district tournament.
The Tribe left little doubt who was the superior team on this night. D-B's relentless attack produced 37 shots, 21 on goal, and nine corner kicks.
In the 15th minute, the Tribe's Jeremy Horton
lofted a corner kick that Pate flicked past South netminder Brad Burdine for the 1-0 lead.
Eight minutes later, D-B's Zack Feathers
crossed a ball to teammate Jorge De Gyves
who one-timed a shot off a Rebel defender and into the net for a 2-0 advantage.
D-B substituted freely over the final 20 minutes of the first half, allowing its starters to rest for the second-half onslaught.
Six minutes into the second half, the Tribe's Adam Fenyves made a deep run to the touch line before crossing the ball to his brother Evan, who deftly trapped it then popped it into the net to put D-B up 3-0.
"We've got the same mindset," said Adam Fenyves. "I knew he'd be there. It really doesn't matter which one of us scores."
Thirteen minutes later, Adam Fenyves had a deflected ball land right in front of him and he calmly put it away for a 4-0 lead.
notched his second goal of the contest in the 67th minute before Pate headed in his second goal off a corner kick, this time from De Gyves. That last goal came in the final minute of play.
"D-B totally dominated in all facets of the game," said South coach Keith Parker. "We've got to keep our heads up. We're still a good team, but not playing very well right now."
With just over a week to go in the regular season, the Tribe appear to be hitting on all cylinders. D-B's stellar defense held South to just two shots, both in the second half.
"Brad Elpers and Adam Miller
are playing the best defense of their lives," said Pate, who anchors the D-B defenders at center-back. "That just makes my job so much easier."
It was an emotional game for the Fenyves brothers. Adam, a senior, and Evan, a sophomore, transferred to D-B from South during the summer.
"I really respect all those guys at South," said Adam Fenyves. "We grew up together playing club ball.
"But tonight it was soccer first and friends second. After the game we all shook hands, it was fun."
Coming off a recent roadtrip, D-B had played six games in nine days.
"I don't know who came up with that schedule," joked Tribe coach Chris Woods. "But the guys came back strong after a couple of days rest.
"Right now we're seeing a total team effort. Attacking out of the back and defending at the front. The guys are really committed to our philosophy."
D-B travels to Maryville on Saturday.