Chapman lifts Indians past stubborn Boone

Joe Avento • Updated Sep 11, 2018 at 8:44 PM

Dobyns-Bennett kept shooting and shooting. They just weren’t going in — until the final 15 minutes.

Claire Chapman scored three goals as the Lady Indians pulled away from Daniel Boone for a 4-1 victory in a girls’ soccer game Tuesday at Nathan Hale Stadium.

“It was just very sloppy, especially in the first half,” D-B coach Blake Rutherford said. “Tactically, we just weren’t interested in being there. It was very disappointing. But thank goodness for Claire Chapman and what she did tonight.”

The Indians (4-2-1 overall, 2-2 in the conference) broke away from a 1-1 tie with three late goals. They controlled the ball for 80 percent of the game, maybe even more.

“We were creating opportunities,” Rutherford said. “We just couldn’t finish them off.”

Part of the reason for Dobyns-Bennett’s lack of scoring in the early going was the play of Faith Robinson, Boone’s goalie who put forth a heroic effort with 25 saves. That was two shy of the school record.

“Faith did a terrific job,” Boone coach Steve Sessis said. “She kept us in the game. The defense made them shoot from the outside, but Faith was the one that did the ultimate stopping. She’s a keeper.”

The Trailblazers scored first when Madeline Runnels connected at the end of a counter attack in the 12th minute.

The Indians got the equalizer 18 minutes later when Chapman scored her first goal, a shot from point blank range that went off the underside of the crossbar.

That’s the way it stayed for the next 35 minutes.

Robinson kept it 1-1 when she made a diving save on a free kick with 16 minutes left.

”We were always waiting for the shoe to drop,” Sessis said. “They had the possession and that was I was concerned about. The girls played their hearts out. I can’t fault them They gave everything they had.”

Chapman finally put the Indians on top when the Boone defense failed to clear a corner kick and she slotted it home.

Tayla Holt then made it 3-1 when she scored off a pass from McKenzie Guest.

Chapman put the finishing touches on her second consecutive hat trick when she curled a left-footed shot just inside the left post.

Boone fell to 4-4-1 overall, 1-3 in the league.

“Credit to Boone,” Rutherford said. “They did a really good job defensively. We had opportunities and we have to clean that up.”

The Indians travel to Greeneville on Saturday to take on the reigning Class A-AA state champions.

“If we play like this against Greeneville, we’ll be home by halftime,” Rutherford said. “We will get blown out.”

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