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Defensive effort pushes Lady Blazers past Cocke County

The old sport maxim, “the best offense is a good defense,” rang true for the soccer ladies of Daniel Boone High School (3-2-1) on Sept. 7 in their 3-0 win over Cocke County.
From the get go, the Lady Blazers dominated on the offensive end of the field never allowing the opposition past midfield.
Boone Coach Steve Sessis acknowledged his team’s defensive performance.
“I was really tickled with our defensive play,” Sessis said. “We didn’t let them on our side of the field; our defense is really keeping us in games.”
The Blazers were able to get on the scoreboard in the first half with a goal from Heather Stykes.
But scores were hard to come by for the majority of the contest as the Lady Blazers missed on several scoring opportunities.
“We had lots of shots, actually hitting the goal post six times and they just didn’t go in,” Sessis said.
In all, Boone missed 18 shots, a problem Sessis isn’t too worried about.
“We have had hesitancy taking shots in previous games, even though we missed 18 times, taking the shots is good,” he said. “Sometimes the ball goes in, sometimes it doesn’t. We can’t control that.”
Jennine Duncan closed the door on any comeback hopes Cocke County had for the second half, scoring the game’s final two goals and leading her team to the shutout victory.
The Lady Blazers will host in-county rival David Crockett tonight at 6 p.m.
“You can throw the record books away when Boone and Crockett meet,” Sessis said in anticipation of the match up. “It is always a tough match, and both teams get up for the game. Crockett is a very capable team.”
Boone then goes on to play at Mountain Mission on Thursday.