• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ soccer earns shutout win at home over Lafayette

The Woodford County High School boys' soccer team beat 11th ranked Lafayette 1-0 Thursday, Sept. 27 at Community Stadium. The Jackets' lineup continues to change on a game-by-game basis due to injuries. WCHS junior goalkeeper Conner Walsh was tremendous in the first half, making a handful of tough saves that energized the crowd and gave the Jackets a shot in the arm. After a stalemate in the first half, WCHS senior Chris Phelps scored on a terrific crossing pass from sophomore Henry Albor. The game turned physical after the Phelps goal. The Jackets found a way to withstand the pressure from the Generals and held on for the shutout victory. "It was an incredible performance tonight," said WCHS Coach Fonyam Atanga. "Our guys seem to always get up for these big games. It's reminiscent of the Dunbar game. The only difference is that we had everyone available in that game. We have a lot of guys that are stepping up into situations that they are unfamiliar with, but I applaud their efforts in trying to get better. They will all get a pat on the back for their effort, but we don't have a day off tomorrow. We are staring down districts in a week, and we have work to do." Montgomery County The Jackets tied Montgomery County 1-1 Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Community Stadium. Atanga patrolled the sidelines coaching his team with intensity throughout the game. The Jackets energy seemed to rise as he became more animated on the sideline. "We had a tremendous effort on the field tonight," said Walsh. "I think the guys realize that this is it, the end of the season is approaching and we have a short time until districts. Coach was pushing us hard tonight, and we fed off of his energy, and we wanted to win this game for him. We didn't get the win but fought back to tie the game. I feel we are trending in the right direction." The Indians took the lead early on in the game, but midway through the second half, freshman Fabian Garcia scored off a deflected shot by Mason Coburn and tied the game. The Jackets' put tremendous pressure on the Indians in the final 10 minutes but were unable to find the back of the net. "We've had to be much more versatile as a team in the last couple of weeks," said Phelps. "One thing we know for sure is that we have guys that play hard and with plenty of heart. You can win a lot of games that way."

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