Prep Soccer: Boyle County girls shut out Danville 4-0
Boyle County¿s Hannah Harris (15) moves the ball down the field in the first half as Danville¿s Cloe Anderson (15) moves in during the Rebels¿ 4-0¿victory on Saturday night. (Clay Jackson / September 2, 2012)
The Boyle girls have weapons that Danville does not have, and they took advantage of them Saturday night to score their ninth straight win in the series between the crosstown rivals.
The Rebels have the Admirals outnumbered by more than 2 to 1, and they have more players with speed, including several coming off the bench, and those things helped carry them to a 4-0 victory in the Constitution Cup game at Reynolds Field.
Boyle controlled the ball for much of the game and kept Danville’s top scorer under wraps, and coach Brian Deem said those things were keys to their win.
“I though we possessed the ball fantastic tonight. And I¿think we had Samantha (Sandidge) covered, we knew that’s where they were going to go through,” Deem said.
Caitlin Baker, Madeline LaFavers and Savannah Stevens scored for Boyle (6-1-1, 1-0 45th District) in the second half after an own-goal gave the Rebels a 1-0 halftime lead.
Danville (4-2-2, 0-1) managed only two shots the entire game, both by Sandidge, and coach J.D. Smith said he thinks fatigue hurt the Admirals as the game wore on.
“We made a few silly mistakes, and I think it goes back to getting fatigued, and it happens when you have 13 (players),” Smith said. “The things that happened to us on the defensive end, the goals we gave up, those are mental errors that we don’t need to make and that a lot of times we don’t make. But we made them tonight and they capitalized on them, and that’s what happens when you play a good team.”
Boyle capitalized on the conditions for its first goal after rain fell for much of the first half. The Rebels got on the board with 1 minute, 56 seconds remaining on a blast from about 25 yards by Hannah Harris that deflected off a Danville player and past goalkeeper Katie Nelson.
“I told kids to take shots, its wet and crazy things happen, and that’s how we got the first one,” Deem said.
The Rebels struck again just over 2 minutes into the second half when Baker took a diagonal pass from Rachel Wesley and fired a shot from 15 yards that found the upper left corner of the goal, and they increased their lead to 3-0 in the 57th minute when LaFavers took a pass from Alexis Kerbaugh and scored on a soft shot from 10 yards.
Stevens capped the scoring in the 77th minute by punching in a loose ball following a corner kick.
Boyle outshot Danville 13-1 and had seven shots on goal to one for the Admirals.
The Rebels have won the last five Constitution Cup games, including the last three by a combined score of 14-0, and Deem said his team should be proud of the shutout.
“It’s a big shutout. We really take pride on our defense. That’s what we focus on in the preseason ... and we worry about the offense as the season goes on,”¿he said.