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May 1, 2014

East Limestone's Dilan Sayer among the state’s top scorers

— Finishing is one of the hardest techniques to master in soccer. You can practice it all you want, but at the end of the day, you either have it or you don’t.

With 39 goals scored this season, it’s safe to say Dilan Sayer can finish.

The junior forward is enjoying one of the best seasons in school history and is among the state’s leading goal scorers entering tonight’s first-round playoff game against Fort Payne.

To put Sayer’s 39 goals in perspective, East Limestone has scored 65 total this year, meaning he is responsible for 60 percent of the Indians’ offensive production.

As a freshman, Sayer scored 30 goals, about half of the team’s total goals. Last season, Sayer scored more than 29.

As a junior, the diminutive forward has exceeded even his high expectations.

And it’s not just the number of goals. It’s the teams they came against.

East Limestone started section play with losses to Cullman, Athens and Hartselle. At 1-3, the Indians looked like a long shot to make the playoffs.

Since losing 2-1 to Hartselle on March 20, East won its remaining section games to finish second in the section and qualify for the playoffs.

In those section wins, Sayer scored three goals against Muscle Shoals, three against Cullman and two crucial goals against Athens in a 3-1 win to send East to the postseason.

Sayer learned how to play soccer growing up in San Jose, Costa Rica. He moved here six years ago and has lit up the scoreboard for the Indians’ soccer team ever since. He began by by scoring 14 goals to lead East as an eighth-grader.

Another aspect of Sayer’s game is the attention he draws from other teams. When they focus on Sayer up top, it allows more space for players like Michael Jarrell in the midfield.

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