Roundup: G-P earns milestone soccer win over Sevier County
The Gatlinburg-Pittman boys soccer team has been building toward this season for years.
The Highlanders showed why on Friday night, beating Sevier County for the first time in at least a decade, 3-1, at the Rocky Top Cup.
“It’s crazy, man,” said Harrison Genseal. “… It’s pretty epic for what this program was four years ago.”
Genseal’s goal tied the game up in the first half before Will King gave G-P a 2-1 lead in the second on a ball the Smoky Bear defense couldn’t clear. A Genseal throw-in led to a late own goal by Sevier County to seal the win.
Anthony Lemus opened the scoring for the Bears with a free kick less than three minutes into the game that beat keeper Adam Ogle. G-P adjusted and started doubling the sophomore and making it hard for him to move up top.
“They had me pretty well covered,” Lemus said. “Once they see me move to one place, they’re right on my back. They didn’t leave me any space. They were with me the whole time.”
The defense was able to frustrate Lemus while also generating quick counters forwards like Genseal could pounce on. It was the winning strategy against a AAA school that controlled possession for long stretches.
“Playing the bigger teams we’re going to have a play a style we don’t like as much or are as familiar with, but it’s working for us,” said Highlanders coach Zach Schrandt. “Laying back defending, coming back from one down. I’m proud of the guys.”
Seymour 7, Carter 1
GATLINBURG — It was a goal fest for the Eagles, who scored less than six minutes in and ha 6-0 lead at the half.
Jake McBrayer had two goals and two assists. Kameron Grunenwald, Josh Lewis-Jones and Austin Moore each had a goal and an assist.
Pigeon Forge 3, Gibbs 3
GATLINBURG — The Tigers led 2-0 before Gibbs rallied to tie it early in the second half.
Anthony Quiroz gave Pigeon Forge another lead with less than half an hour ago, but the Eagles again responded to pull even. No one could ultimately break the deadlock.
Melvin Gaitaho and Matthew Trout had first-half goals for the Tigers.
Pigeon Forge sweeps
KNOXVILLE — Alisha Norris no-hit Austin-East over three innings in an 18-0, mercy-rule shortened victory.
Pigeon Forge won the second game via a forfeit, 7-0, when a gun was sighted near the game, Tigers coach Jessica Henry said.
Carson Montgomery, Mackinze Murphy and Morgan Messick went 3 for 3 while Allie Coker tripled in the win.
Gatlinburg-Pittman 6, West 5
KNOXVILLE — A leadoff double from Jerri Leffew in the seventh led to the winning run.
It was Leffew’s third double of the game on her way to a 4-for-4 night at the plate. Bethanie Trees went 2 for 4 with three RBI. Kelsey Henry earned the win in the circle, sitting down the Rebels in order in the seventh.
The Highlanders were up 5-2 before West rallied to tie it in the sixth.
Heritage 9, Sevier County 6
SEVIERVILLE — The Bearettes scored three in the seventh but it wasn’t enough.
Jana Watkins and Destiny Sutton had two hits for Sevier County while Brooke Whaley doubled off the top of the outfield fence in the loss.
Pigeon Forge sweeps Creek Wood
PIGEON FORGE — The Tigers opened their season with a resounding pair of wins. The boys won 8-1, while the girls took a 6-3 victory.
Chad Gibson and Garrett Byrd combined for three total victories by surrendering just one game. Cale Brewer also had an 8-1 victory at fifth singles.
Avonlea Wilkinson and Natalie Holbert combined for three victories for the girls, winning 8-4 and 8-3 in their respective singles matches before combining for a 8-5 win at second doubles.