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‘State’ of program
Hawks blank KD-B, reach state soccer tourney in 3rd season

Brandon Roy of Hardin Valley attempts a header despite pressure from Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett goalkeeper Preston Mercer.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
A near miss state tournament chance in 2010 has, one year later, become an undefeated big opportunity awaiting in Murfreesboro for Hardin Valley Academy Boys Soccer.

Following a scoreless first half, and 90-minute rain/lightning delay, in its Section 1-AAA showdown with Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett Sunday afternoon, May 22, at HVA, the Hawks poured it on.

Two Nick Skoda goals sandwiched between a tally from Dalton Guzman pushed the Hawks (16-0-5) to a 3-0 victory and first-ever trip to the Class AAA state tourney in Murfreesboro this week.

“It’s really undescribable, I’m really psyched,” said HVA senior defender Garrett Hay, whose team opened play Tuesday, May 24, against Murfreesboro Riverdale (after deadline). That winner played the Nashville Overton (14-3-4) versus White Station (14-3-3) winner Wednesday, May 25.

Championship game, at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex’s main stadium, begins at 8 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. CDT), Friday.

Joey Hinshaw, Hawks senior goalkeeper, said “the feeling is crazy, I can’t even tell you.” Hayden Zelem, HVA senior midfielder/forward, said making state “is amazing after four years of struggling through [three at HVA] and trying to get to this point. It feels absolutely incredible.”

Michael McLean, Hardin Valley head coach, said the trip to Murfreesboro would “be fun, just enjoy the opportunity to go down there.

“You never know when you can get back, especially coming out of this region, which is one of the hardest regions to come out of.”

McLean said his team has been “growing as the game goes on” in post-season.

About Sunday, “I’d like to have finished it with some earlier chances, but as the game goes on we’re getting stronger.”

About his one-two scoring combo in Skoda and Guzman, McLean said, “They’re in a different league.

“They’re both playing well.”


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