• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Jackets tie Danville, lose to Mercer County

The Woodford County High School boys' soccer team lost 1-0 at Mercer County Saturday, Sept. 8. The Titans scored on a strike from 30 yard sout that beat the Jackets' keeper. The Jackets tied Danville 1-1, Tuesday, Sept 4 at Community Stadium. The game was physical with two yellow cards handed out to the Admirals. The Jackets were without senior striker Brandon Cromwell who was injured. "The story of today was that we had a complete lack of focus tonight," said WCHS Coach Fonyam Atanga. "Technically we were poor and schematically we were worse. The way we played tonight was poor and we deserved to lose this game." In the first half, the Admirals scored on a blast past WCHS junior goalkeeper Conner Walsh. The Jackets struggled to create opportunities until late in the first half when WCHS senior Chris Phelps' shot hit the crossbar with a minute to play. Danville cleared the ball and led 1-0 at halftime. "The guys came out and looked better in the second half because they knew the first half was not great," said Atanga. "We did not play team soccer today and we cannot survive this way. You cannot play a team like Danville and play individual soccer. If not for our goalkeeper, we lose this game." In the second half, the Jackets freshman striker Cai Coburn dribbled around the diving Danville keeper and scored to tie the game 1-1 halfway through the second half. With less than a minute to play, the Admirals shot wide of the Woodford County net and the game ended in a tie.

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