Oneida Baptist Institute (OBI) jumped out early against Middlesboro and never looked back as the Mountaineers defeated the Yellow Jackets 9-0 on Tuesday. The game was for the 13th Region All A Classic.
“We knew it was going to be a tremendous challenge,” said Middlesboro head coach Tim Millett. “I tried to get the kids to understand in practice how quick they (OBI) are, and we tried a defensive scheme of really stacking up the defense.”
Millett said he was proud of his team’s effort during the game.
“We played hard to the final whistle,” said the coach. “I’m proud of the class and character my kids showed.”
The Mountaineers controlled possession for the majority of the game. Early on, OBI got a chance to take the lead on a penalty kick. Dylan Neal got the save to keep the game tied at 0-0.
The Jackets got a chance of their own when Caleb Heck placed a corner kick near the OBI goal. Middlesboro couldn’t get a clear shot at the goal, and OBI regained possession.
At 4:50 in the first period, OBI’s Steven Collins scored a goal to put the Mountaineers up 1-0.
During the first period, Middlesboro kept looking to Evan Brock and William Nichols for scoring opportunities but to no avail. At 7:20, J-Quan Rayford blocked a shot from OBI to maintain a 1-0 game.
The Mountaineers took a 2-0 lead with a goal from Alex Assa at 13:12 in the first period. Middlesboro continued to be on the defensive following a goal from Noble Zika at 18:26. The goal increased the lead to 3-0.
Goals from Assa and Eyob Kassaye gave OBI a 5-0 lead going into the half.
“We were kind of shell shocked a little bit, but I thought the kids played extremely hard,” said Millet. “I thought defensively we had some let downs early that we made some adjustments to, and it helped us.”
The Mountaineers scored four more goals in the second half to close out a 9-0 victory over the Jackets. Neal had 7 saves throughout the game. Brock and Nichols were the only Jackets to get shots on goal against OBI.
“It’s just one of those things,” said Millett. “We’ll bounce back and put this one behind us, learn from it and move on with the rest of the season.”
Middlesboro (1-2-0) will host Whitley County (0-8-0) on Thursday. The Jackets defeated the Colonels, 3-2, on Aug. 25.
OBI (5-2-0) will host Knox Central (2-2-0) on Saturday.
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