DHS honors seniors as Trojans top Central in 14AA semis

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Dyersburg High School honored the senior members of its Trojan soccer team on Tuesday with Senior Night festivities at halftime of the District 14AA Semifinal. Members of the team honored were (front, from left) Daniel Gutierrez, Zane Morgan, Jayvin Brasfield, Logan Byars, Cameron Buss, Chance Stepp; (back, from left) assistant coach Musa Manneh, head coach Greg Stapleton and assistant coach Jun Echavez.
State Gazette photo/Jason Peevyhouse

JASON PEEVYHOUSE

jpeevyhouse@stategazette.com

The Dyersburg Trojan soccer team got its postseason off to a good start while honoring its seniors with Senior Night festivities during the black and gold’s 7-1 win over Obion County Central on Tuesday night at J.C. Sawyers Stadium in the District 14AA Semifinals.

“This is the start of a new season when you start into tournament time,” Dyersburg head coach Greg Stapleton said of his team’s win in the semifinals. “So, you’ve got to put everything behind you – the good and the bad.

“We finished out the season with three losses and a tie. So, now, you’ve got to get that back – it was good tests against good teams. Now, we get into the tournament and we’ve just got to get our collective breath and now it’s go time.”

With the district semifinals being an elimination round, Stapleton recalled the feeling of being eliminated in this round last season, adding it did not feel good.

The Trojans took a 3-0 lead at the half thanks to goals from Caleb Byars, Jayvin Brasfield and Israel Barbee. Dyersburg then added a quartet of scores in the second half from Clay Welch, Barbee, Cameron Buss and Nick Rockstead before a late Rebel goal trimmed the final deficit to six goals.

The Trojans will host Crockett County in the District 14AA Final on Thursday at 5 p.m. and have already earned a spot in next week’s Region 7AA Tournament.

“We get to play real soccer for a real championship,” Stapleton said. “And it can be ours and it’s here at home.”

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