Prep Soccer: Boyle boys roll past Garrard 10-0
Boyle County¿s Evan McMann, left, battles Garrard County¿s Devin¿Underwood for possession in the first half Thursday. McMann had two goals and an assist in Boyle¿s 10-0 win. (Hal Morris / August 31, 2012)
The Rebels scored eight second-half goals Thursday to earn a 10-0 45th District win over visiting Garrard County at Rebel Stadium. Stil, McMann said his team’s play has to get better fast, especially with a match against rival Danville on Saturday.
“There’s still a lot of guys standing around,” McMann said. “I mean, the second half was still a lot better, we got our eight goals, but we’re still not playing well. It’s frustrating. They play like that, I'm not sure we're going to come out with the (Constitution) Cup (Saturday). We’re going to have to play even better than we did in the second half.”
Kyle Settle scored three goals and and had two assists, Evan McMann and Jonathan Stephens each had two goals and an assist, and Ethan Edwards scored twice for the Rebels (2-4, 2-0 45th District), who outshot Garrard 32-6 and allowed just a lone penalty kick in the second half.
While McMann was discussing how much his team needed to improve, Garrard coach Kevin Green thought the Rebels were exceptional in the second half.
“These guys have a lot of strengths, and they built their offense and all their techniques around our weaknesses. They capitalized on our weaknesses. And that’s discipline,” he said.
It was a scoreless game until Edwards scored off an assist from Peyton Cocanaugher with 29 minutes, 25 seconds left in the first half. It stayed that way until Settle got his first goal off a corner kick with 11:49 left in the half as Boyle took a 2-0 lead into halftime, and McMann was trying to figure out what was wrong with his team.
“I don’t know if guys are sick. There is something going around the school. I don’t know if it’s that. I don’t know if they’re staying up late studying, watching TV, I don’t know what,” he said. “But they are sluggish, and it’s not the group I know, and I can’t figure it out.”
But the Rebels picked things up quickly in the second half to end the game early.
Stephens scored an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the second half. Just 35 seconds later, Edwards got his second goal on a runout pass from Noah Conley to make it 4-0.
With 33:03 to play, Settle scored on a long pass from Stephens for a 5-0 lead, then Evan McMann got his first goal 25 seconds later. He was racing down the field to catch up to a ball, and as he was falling out of bounds along the baseline, slipped a shot in past Garrard keeper Nick Schuey to make it 6-0.
Garrard’s best chance for a goal came with 31:24 to play when Barry Rich was fouled in the penalty box, but Bailey Snow saved the penalty kick. It was one of a few opportunities Green was sorry to see the Golden Lions (0-4, 0-3) miss.
“We had a couple fo great opportunities to make this game 3-2, 4-3,” he said. “Had we scored those goals, I honestly do not think this score would have been (10-0).”
With 16:45 left, Matthew Farr scored off an assist from Settle, then Settle assisted on McMann’s second goal for an 8-0 lead a minute later.
Stephens scored off a rebound with 4:41 to go, then Settle ended the game with 3:20 remaining when he scored on an assist from McMann.
While he knows there is still a lot to work on, Cris McMann was pleased to see his offense break out.
“We know that we can score. We had some goals off of stuff we worked on in practice,” he said. “So I know that they’re thinking and they are trying. And it’s a boost of confidence for them, which is a good thing going into Saturday night.
What the Boyle coach doesn’t want is for his team to be overconfident going into Saturday’s game.
“What I worry about is, we had a great game last Friday against Marion, then came out the next game (in a loss to Anderson County) and were just blah,” he said. “And that happens sometimes. They come out thinking, ‘Oh, we’re so good we don’t have to try.’ So that’s what we’re going to be talking about tomorrow.”