Prep Soccer: Danville boys blank Garrard 7-0
Ogujen Perosevic of Danville gets in front of Garrard County's Stallone Morales to get his head on the ball during the first half of Danville's 7-0 victory Tuesday. (Mike Marsee / August 29, 2012)
But the coaches of both the Danville and Garrard County boys found some things they could use within a lopsided game that went pretty much as expected Tuesday night, with Danville controlling the game and winning 7-0.
Shawn Ramos scored three goals for the visiting Admirals, whose goal total approached the combined total of 10 from all of their previous games.
Shots came quickly and from several sources for Danville (4-2-1, 1-0 45th District), which is one of the things coach Brent Beauman was pleased to see.
“We’re starting to shoot more, and tonight we were finishing better,” Beauman said. “I thought our speed of play was pretty good, but we’re still taking too many touches on the ball. Where it should be a one- or two-touch pass, we’re making it three or four. We’ve been working on that.”
Garrard (0-3, 0-2) has been working, too, and that has fueled first-year coach Kevin Green’s optimism about what the future might hold for the very young Golden Lions, who started five freshmen and three sophomores.
“I knew what I had seen in the past in high school, and I was not expecting to see the emotion that these guys have, the will that these guys have, the work ethic that they have,” Green said. “They want to do it, and it’s not that I have to tell them to do it. On days that we have off, they’re wanting to come play pickup games. That right there brings a team closer together. When you have heart and guys that get along like these guys do, we’ve got wins in store.”
It was evident right away, however, that this would not be one of them.
Ogujen Perosevic scored the first goal for Danville just over 7 minutes into the game. Perosevic was in the right spot to play a throw-in by Damir Karapandzic that was too high for its intended target, and he headed the ball into the net.
Christian Gateskill-Fuqua scored twice and Noe Ayala scored once in a span of about 7 minutes to make it 4-0 just past the midway point of the first half.
Ramos struck in the 28th minute for the first of his three goals and Danville’s last of the first half. He scored twice in just 37 seconds early in the second half, his final goal coming on a penalty kick.
Garrard got off only two shots and had no shots on goal. Danville had 18 shots on goal, 11 of which were saved by Garrard goalkeeper Brandon Shuey.
“I saw some things that we will be working on in practice, getting to the ball and getting rid of the ball quicker,” Green said. “They would run up to the ball and they would get there, but then they weren’t sure what to do with it. That’s just some fundamental things, and those are things that are easily fixed. We’ve got speed; we just got to learn how to use it.”
Beauman said Danville still has some things to learn, too. He said they have been working on a team-oriented defense, though the defense was seldom tested Tuesday, and on making quick transitions from defense to offense.
“I want us to work on our transition, where as soon as we get the ball to quickly counter-attack. We have physical speed, and now we just need to get the game speed and a little bit more mental speed,” he said.