Central picks up second, and only, wins over North

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Boys' Soccer

By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – If you are going to start a boys’ soccer season with just two wins in the first 10 matches, then you might as well make the most of it and get the two wins over your arch-rivals.

That is the way it has worked out so far this season for the Bullitt Central Cougars. Coach Aaron Shaw’s young and relatively inexperienced squad has struggled to gets wins this fall. However, the two wins the team has recorded have come over North Bullitt.

First, it was a narrow 2-1 victory over the Eagles in the Bullitt Cup in a game played at Bullitt East. That was at the end of the first week of the regular season. Last Tuesday, in the regular season meeting in Shepherdsville, the maroon and gray pulled away from a 3-1 halftime edge for a 7-4 victory.

The second win carries a little more importance, as it is the outcome that will be used in the seeding process for the post-season 23rd District Tournament. Bullitt Central has already lost to a strong Southern team and still has a match remaining with Moore next Tuesday.

It has been an even longer season for the Eagles. Coach Emmanual Nfor’s first team won its opener, beating Central 5-4, but the team has not won since, falling to 1-7 by the start of this week. The Eagles have already lost district games to Moore and Bullitt Central and will play Southern next Tuesday.

The earlier match between the Eagles and Cougars was played back on Aug. 19 in hot and humid conditions and was the second game of the day for both teams. Because of that, both coaches expected a little more offensive game in the cooler conditions last Tuesday.

Just over seven minutes into the match, Bullitt Central scored first. Moments later it appeared that the Cougars scored again, but that goal was waved off because of an off-sides infraction. That made it a tie-game when North Bullitt’s Brad Hornback found the back of the net at the 22-minute mark.

But the rest of the first half belonged to the Cougars. With 14 minutes to play before halftime, Jeremiah Howard, a sophomore, got through the defense and scored. Then with just under six minutes to play in the half, junior Cody Calvert beat the defense on the left side of the goal after a nice pass across the front of the goal from junior Aiden Terry.

Down 3-1 at halftime, North Bullitt did mange to get back to within a goal of the Cougars when Kyle Reed scored less than two minutes into the second half. But the Eagles could get no closer. Ten minutes into the half Bullitt Central’s Jordan Miller dribbled down the middle of the defense and blasted a shot into the back of the goal. Moments later, Terry dribbled down the left side of the field and got around the goalie for a shot into an open goal.

Bullitt Central finished the game with two goals each from Chase Lovell and Miller as well as single goals from Terry, Howard and Calvert. Terry finished with three assists while Lucas Schank assisted on two of the goals and Howard had one assist.

The other scoring for North Bullitt was not available.

Other Games

Bullitt Central did pick-up a draw later in the week as the team tied Henry County 1-1 with a goal coming from Lovell on an assist from Calvert.

On Saturday, the Cougars fell to visiting Bardstown 7-1. The lone goal came from Justin Mason.

North Bullitt did not play again last week until Saturday when the green and gold were defeated by St. Francis 6-1.

The Eagles do not have a game scheduled for this week.

After dropping a pair of shut-out losses earlier in the week – 5-0 to Bardstown and 6-0 to Nelson County – the Bullitt East Chargers traveled to Muhlenberg County for an overnight tournament in which they played, and won, three games.

Bullitt East beat the host team, Muhlenberg County, 2-0 on Friday. Then on Saturday the Chargers defeated Webster County 3-2 and Trigg County 3-2.

Incredibly, seven of the eight Bullitt East goals in the tourney were scored by a different player.

In the win over Muhlenberg County, the two goals came from Alazar Barsamian and K.C. Corum with Juan Zambrano having one assist. Against Webster County, Evan Wright did score twice while Justin Campbell had a goal. Zak Perdew assisted on two of those goals.

In the final game on Saturday, single goals were scored by Lucas Adkins, Carter Echols and Logan Lichtefeld. Both Perdew and Barsamian had an assist.

Bullitt East entered this week with an 8-4 record.