• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ soccer loses 5-1 to Henry Clay in regional opener

The Woodford County High School boys' soccer season came to an end Tuesday, Oct. 16 with a 5-1 loss to Henry Clay in the first round of the Region 11 tournament. The Jackets stumbled out of the gate, letting The Blue Devils control possession and get a handful of shot attempts in the first five minutes of the game. WCHS junior Connor Walsh stopped the first wave of shots, but the Blue Devils were persistent and finally snuck a few by Walsh. The five goals allowed was a season high for the Jackets. The Jackets had a pair of chances in the first 15 minutes of the game. Senior Chris Phelps and sophomore Henry Albor each fired shots at the Blue Devil keeper but were turned away. Henry Clay junior Sota Ippongi scored the first goal of the game with 14 minutes to play in the first half and scored again three minutes later to give the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead at halftime. After a pair of goals by the Blue Devils early in the second half, the Jackets scored on a penalty kick by junior Braden Reister. The kick was the result of a takedown by the Blue Devils in which senior Brandon Cromwell was flipped over in mid-air. The Jackets trailed 4-1 with 14 minutes remaining. The Blue Devils scored their final goal with three minutes to play. "I hate to see our season end like this, but overall I am very pleased with how we played to get here," said WCHS Coach Fonyam Atanga. "When you consider the injuries that we have had this year, it's amazing that we made it this far. I plan on telling them that I am proud of them and what they were able to achieve this year."

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