• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Jackets’ poise leads them to win over Dunbar

The Woodford County High School boys' soccer team beat Dunbar 1-0 with a gutsy performance at the Lexington Soccer Showcase Saturday, Aug. 16. “The teams that played on Friday evening and Saturday evening did not even look like the same teams,” said WCHS Coach Fonyam Atanga. “Just like I couldn't recognize my team Friday night, I was very pleased with the effort and mostly the composure that we showed against Dunbar despite all the odds.” The lone goal of the game came when WCHS junior Ryan Alvey scored an unassisted goal with a strike from about 30 yards out. The Jackets' defense stifled a tough Bulldog offense which scored 63 goals and won 20 games last season. “My message after the game was simple,” said Atanga. “I just want them to use the Dunbar game as an indication of what we can do when we play hard and stay composed. That needs to be the norm as opposed to the performance on Friday.” A night earlier, the Jackets lost 3-0 to the Bryan Station Defenders in the opening game of the Lexington Soccer Showcase. The Defenders controlled the game for the entire first half and took a 3-0 lead into halftime. “I give Bryan Station a lot of credit,” said Atanga. “They played very well and I do not want to take anything away from their effort but by far this was the worst half of soccer by any team I have ever coached - the worst. Both teams had five shots on goal in the first half. but we couldn't do anything with our chances and we have to be better than that.” In the second half, the Jackets picked up their intensity on the field. Chances by seniors Chris Phelps and Brandon Cromwell were off the mark. WCHS sophomore Hunter Penn received a yellow card midway through the half after a collision with a Bryan Station midfielder. “We have two really strong forwards in Chris and Brandon and tonight they gave little effort,” said Atanga. “ We needed a stronger effort from Cromwell tonight and I don't know if Phelps had any impact on the game at all.”

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