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Science Hill, D-B romp in District 1-AAA soccer

Johnny Wilson • May 8, 2018 at 10:31 PM

BRISTOL - Like a lost ball in high weeds, Science Hill's offense has been a bit hard to find during the month of May.

But after the way the Hilltoppers got cranking Tuesday in mowing down Tennessee High 6-0 in semifinal play of the District 1-AAA boys soccer tournament, perhaps the back of the net will be easier to find down road.

Science Hill coach David Strickland is just glad to see his 'Toppers have some offensive moments at the Stone Castle following three straight 0-0 draws.

"We've just needed a tweak or two adjustment,'' Strickland said. "Tonight it just seemed to work.

"We moved the ball well and created chances, but tonight we put the chances away. And it was exciting. It was an exciting, attacking game for us."

Nick Cahoon, a slick and daring sophomore who may weigh all of 140 pounds, was the star of the Science Hill attack with three goals, the third of which made it a 4-0 game with 33:46 left on the clock.

But there was help all around, as Sammy Kady, Slavik Razskazovskiy and freshman Briar Franklin each scored a goal to back Cahoon's hat trick.

Two of Science Hill's goals came on headers, one by Cahoon to help the 'Toppers to a 3-0 advantage at intermission.

"We were winning first and second balls and really competing,'' Strickland said. "We did a really good job in front of the goal tonight.''

Science Hill, which will take a 9-4-7 record into Thursday night's 6 o'clock final against top-seeded Dobyns-Bennett, has now qualified for Region I-AAA play.

Third-seeded THS finished its season with a 7-8-1 mark.


Tennessee High sensation Aidan Moore, who scored over 30 goals this season, went quietly in his final high school game.

It wasn't by accident.

"Part of it was making sure the ball didn't get to him," said Strickland, who saw Moore score four goals in a 4-4 tie with the 'Toppers last month. "When he did get it he didn't have a lot of help.

"He's the best player in our group and tonight we didn't give him an opportunity to be the best."

Science Hill goalie Abe Adams recorded the shutout. 

Dobyns-Bennett 9

David Crockett 0

The top-seeded Indians (15-0-2) began their playoff push with a mercy-rule rout of No. 4 David Crockett in semifinal play of the District 1-AAA tournament at the Stone Castle.

The victory qualified D-B for next week's Region 1-AAA tournament.

D-B led this one 7-0 at halftime behind the three goals of senior Matt Diminick and two goals from senior Tucker Holt.

Senior Eli Click earned his own hat trick, scoring the second half's only goals to join Diminick with three on the evening.

The Pioneers, whose season ended with a 6-10-1 record, learned a lot in their first year under Michael Smelser, and had milestone moments with Monday's 3-2 district victory over Daniel Boone just one week after fighting Science Hill to a 0-0 draw.

But, Smelser knows the gap between the top of the Big Seven Conference and the bottom end is certainly significant.

"If you look at the whole picture of things, this is the time of year when part-time programs and part-time mentalities get part-time results," Smelser said. "We're a three-month program and D-B is a year-round program, and that's the difference of who gets to move on this time of year.

"D-B is fantastic and I expect them to make a deep run, but I'm proud that my team was able to do some great things this year."

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