Seymour soccer team goes 3-0 at Rocky Top Cup
Heritage may have won the Rocky Top Cup, but it wasn't a bad three days for Seymour.
The Eagles won all three games they played at the Gatlinburg tournament, finishing up with a 2-0 win over Gibbs on Saturday.
Kameron Grunenwald had a goal and an assist while Austin Moore added a tally and Jake McBrayer had a helper. The third game in three days was a test for depth-challenged Seymour, but coach Drew Payne said his team passed by showing some grit.
“I thought they played like warriors,” Payne said. “Just playing their butts off there at the end. Good team-building and work-rate type of experience. ... The very first thing I think of is we showed that we can adapt and play different formations and different tactics. A lot of people played positions they don’t normally play. That will help us going forward.”
Sevier County 5, Chuckey-Doak 2
GATLINBURG — The Smoky Bears actually fell behind early before exploding with a hat trick from Anthony Lemus and another two goals from Chance Arnold.
A day after a disappointing loss to Gatlinburg-Pittman, Sevier County coach Bryan Atchley said the start to this one wasn’t encouraging.
“I’m thinking ‘Oh, no,’ ” Atchley said. “But we responded very well. We kept our heads up. We dominated possession again. Tonight we finished.”
The Bears end a busy first week of the season at 3-1.
Karns 5, Pigeon Forge 4
GATLINBURG — Karns scored three goals in the final quarter of the game, Tigers coach Bill Moseley said.
It was enough to overcome a pair of goals each from Marcelo Matute and Melvin Gaitaho. Moseley said his team’s third game in as many days was tough down the stretch.
“Their legs were a little bit fresher than ours were,” Moseley said. “... I think (Pigeon Forge) improved on their ability to obtain the ball, move it around a little.”
Karns 3, G-P 1
GATLINBURG — The Highlanders had a slow start a day after knocking off Sevier County.
G-P fell behind 3-0 before Luke Stone got a second-half goal off an assist from Harrison Genseal. Highlanders coach Zach Schrandt said his team just came out flat and didn’t wake up until the second half, getting that goal back. Schrandt said the tournament did prove the Highlanders can compete with almost any team.
“We can compete with anyone but we have a long way to go,” he said. “It’s all about the process of getting better at practice.”
Cocke County 8, Gatlinburg-Pittman 5
GATLINBURG — The Highlanders began the game with five straight hits and scored five in the first inning but couldn't muster another run the rest of the day.
G-P coach Josh Warner said his team hit well all day with Austin Acor and Austin Sides getting three hits each and Noah Simms going 2 for 2. Cocke County just played outstanding defense.
We hit a lot of balls hard," Warner said. "Cocke County played tremendous defense. You sort of tip your cap to a team like that."
That kind of defense is what the Highlanders are looking for. Only two of Cocke County's eight runs were earned on Saturday.
Sevier County drops two
KNOXVILLE — Sevier County lost two to wrap up the Bearden tournament, but the second loss was encouraging for coach Casey Taylor.
The Smoky Bears fell 8-5 to Grace Christian in the opener thanks in large part to five errors and eight walks. The second inning was the only inning Grace didn’t score in. Dalton Ford had a double while Dallas Gossett scored twice and had an RBI.
Sevier County lost 4-0 to Gibbs in the nightcap but Taylor said the effort was much better from his team. The Bears left nine runners on base, squandering chances to get on the board. Trevor Maples and Jake Hall split the pitching duties, giving up two runs each while Gossett walked, singled and stole two bases.