Trojan soccer tops Peabody in 4-3 thriller
Coming off a sudden-death penalty-kick win last Thursday against Crockett County, the Dyersburg soccer team gave its fans another bit of excitement on Monday in a different variation as the Trojans rallied for two goals in the final 65 seconds to take a 4-3 win over Peabody at J.C. Sawyers Stadium.
“We’re really playing really well,” Dyersburg head coach Greg Stapleton said. “We’re trying to make the game what it is – and, it’s a game of passing, moving and what you do without the ball is more important than what you do with the ball until you score that goal.
“That’s what we’re trying to create and that’s what we’re trying to build. Because of that, we had a couple blips, but ultimately we got the win. And it also showed what we’re capable of when we’re really pressed against our backs even if it was from our own making.”
After Peabody got a pair of goals on its only two shots of the first half in the 16th and 17th minutes, the Trojans bounced back with a pair of goals from Logan Byars down the stretch in the opening half. The second Logan Byars goal came from an assist by Caleb Byars in the 29th minute to tie the score at 2-2.
The Trojans were able to keep possession through the rest of the half, but failed to punch one in as the game went to the half tied at two goals apiece.
Midway through the second half, Peabody took the lead on a goal just past the Trojan keeper to go up 3-2 in the 59th minute.
The Trojans suffered a potentially serious setback with about three minutes left in the game as Brandon Miller was penalized with a red card for language. As a result, Dyersburg was forced to play the remainder of the game one man down. The red card will also have further repercussions as Miller will miss the next two games with a TSSAA suspension as well as an additional two games for violating team rules.
Dyersburg continued to control the ball and finally broke through in the waning moments of the game. A Cole Bevis pass found its way to Jayvin Brasfield, who headed the ball into the goal to tie the score at 3-3 in the 79th minute with 1:05 left in the game.
With time winding down, Caleb Byars again found brother Logan Byars, this time on a cross as Logan got the ball into the goal with seven seconds left to get the Trojans the 4-3 win.
With two thrilling wins in a row, Stapleton added games like these are part of the process.
“We’re finding those people that are stepping up,” the Trojan head coach said. “We still have a lot of depth and on any given day there’s a lot of folks we can put in there.
“But, when you’re put into these situations and you come out the winner, it can only be good. You learn by your losses and by the games that really test your meddle.”
Dyersburg returns to the pitch on Saturday as they travel to Crockett County at noon in a game which was originally set to take place on Thursday.