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After losing in the regular season to the Oneida Indians, the Kingston Yellow Jackets were looking for sweet redemption on the soccer field Monday evening in District 4-A/AA soccer tournament action.
They would get that redemption in the form of a 2-1 win on the strength of a Riley Roberts penalty kick to extend their season for at least one more day.
“We played better tonight, and played really well, and hard to get the win,” a relieved Kingston head coach Elik Pickell said after the game. “They had beaten us in the regular season so we had some motivation to win. We played really good for the most part, but we didn't finish well at times. We really should have had four goals, but I'll take the two and the win any day of the week.”
The first half proved to be a wildly physical affair that saw goal collisions take out the starting goalies for both teams.
The Jackets, however, did take an early 1-0 lead on a Zach McCoig goal with Riley Roberts picking up the assist at the 11-minute mark.
Five minutes later, Oneida would tie the game as a kick slithered just past the Kingston goalie to make the score 1-1, which was how the first half would end.
Notable first half highlights for the Jackets included a beautiful bicycle kick attempt by Brandon McClure, a kick by Marcus Hutson that went wide right, and another McCoig attempt that sailed high.
For the first 30 minutes of the second half, both teams embarked on what was looking like a donnybrook that might have led to a stalemate.
Riley Roberts made sure that the Jackets wouldn't have to go to a shoot-out with a penalty kick at the 70-minute mark.
The next 10 minutes saw the Jackets endure a barrage of goal attempts by the Indians, only to send Oneida with a 2-1 defeat.
Both teams had 19 shots on goal on the evening as Tyler Watson (8 saves) led the goal keeping for the Jackets on the night.
Kingston vs. Knoxville Catholic
The Jackets played again Tuesday against Knoxville Catholic in the District 4-A/AA semifinals, but the news wasn’t as good for Kingston as the Irish scored early and never looked back in picking up an 8-0 victory.
Knoxville Catholic went on to play Christian Academy of Knoxville in Thursday’s District 4-A/AA Championship Game.