Martinez goal lifts Sevier County by Central
Sevier County needed a new source of goals on Tuesday against Central.
Anthony Lemus, the team’s most dangerous striker, was sidelined with a knee injury and Smoky Bears coach Bryan Atchley said he told his assistant, Tim Bohanan, that maybe a 1-0 win with forward Alex Martinez picking up a goal would be nice.
Nostradamus, meet Bryan Atchley.
“Sometimes the sun will just smile on you,” the coach said after a Martinez goal led to a 1-0 win. “And tonight it did. It was just a big momentum lift.”
Martinez got the game’s only goal with 13 minutes to play in the game, taking a long ball and fighting off the Bobcats’ Eli Holbert to whip a curving ball past keeper Corey Plont and into the net. It was a culmination of a steady build-up of probing play from Sevier County that began late in the first half after Central had the better of possession early.
“I didn’t expect that,” Martinez said. “I was just trying my best to score for the team, that was all. … I feel excited. We won for the team.”
It was indeed, a team victory. Sevier County had to fend off charges from speedy forward MJ Sheriff, who was able to bolt down the field early in the game. The Bears twice called on defenders to save shots off the line, including once by Tyler Hounshell in the second half. Goalkeeper Brandon Delgado got the shutout after staring down 12 shots from the Bobcats.
It wasn’t until late in the first half when Sevier County began to move forward, getting a free kick from Kenny Fisher that threatened the goal. Moments later, Lenin Salinas and Donovan Hull got a nice 1-2 combination going down the sideline Plont made a save.
Fisher helped Sevier County control the midfield in the second half, pushing balls ahead for forwards like Martinez. Many of those balls were a little too long but Martinez finally reeled one in for the winner.
“It was very opportunistic,” Fisher said. “He was exactly where he needed to be. When the time came, he crossed it and finished just like he should have.”
Gatlinburg-Pittman 2, Carter 1
STRAWBERRY PLAINS — Harrison Genseal and Chris Kilbourne had goals to lead the Highlanders to the win.
G-P could’ve made the margin even greater, but struggled to finish against the Hornets. The Highlanders outshot their opponent 15-3 on the night.
PF 2, Fulton 0
KNOXVILLE — Matthew Troutt scored twice in the second half to power the Tigers to the win.
Pigeon Forge coach Bill Moseley said the game was played slowly in chilly conditions. Troutt finally broke the tie off a corner kick before volleying a ball into the far side of the net off a cross.
“He’s great,” Moseley said. “He plays competitive in the offseason. He’s got a good foot on him. He plays smart and just a sophomore.”
Pigeon Forge 12, Fulton 1
KNOXVILLE — The Tigers only needed five innings to roll to this victory.
Koleman Roach pitched “as good as he has this year,” Pigeon Forge coach Mike Guinn said while Bryson Sullivan stayed hot at the plate. The freshman is 6 for 6 this week.
“We had some extremely good at-bats,” Guinn said. “We’ve just got a lot of guys swinging the bat really well right now.”