The DeKalb County High School Tiger soccer team advanced on to the District 7-A/AA Tournament Championship for the third year in a row, after a 2-0 victory over the Cannon County Lions, Tuesday in Smithville. The Tigers will travel to top-seeded Livingston Academy on Thursday night, after the Wildcats knocked off York Institute, 7-0, in the other tournament semi-final.
The Tigers and Lions played scoreless through the first half, but DC struck with a pair of goals early in the second half. Brandon Puckett nailed the game's first goal on an assist by Zach Wilbur, in the 14th minute of the half, and Ryan Leiser tallied the second goal, just over a minute later, on another assist by Wilbur. The Tigers had a total of 17 shots on goal, while the Lions had seven shots, all turned away by DeKalb goal-keeper, Tyler Woods, including a penalty kick by Miguel Novoa, late in the second half.
DeKalb County completes a season sweep of the Lions, and will now look to beat Livingston for the first time in the program's six-year history. The Tigers have won their last five matches by a combined 32-1, and even their season record at 9-9.