Prep Soccer: Danville boys cruise to 5-1 win over Boyle County
Danville¿s Christian Gateskill-Fuqua (10) celebrates with Dylan Mullins (12) after one of Gateskill-Fuqua¿s three goals Saturday in the Admirals¿ 5-1 win over Boyle County. (Clay Jackson / September 2, 2012)
Danville dominated the second half Saturday night to reclaim the Constitution Cup in the most lopsided game between the archrivals in 10 years.
Christian Gateskill-Fuqua scored three goals and Shawn Ramos scored the other two as the Admirals routed the Rebels 5-1 at Reynolds Field. The win gave Danville (6-2-1) a 3-0 record in the 45th District.
Their win meant that the cup changed hands for the fifth time in seven years, and the Danville goal total was the highest by either team since the trophy was added to the regular-season series in 2003.
“We’re friends with all these guys, and we talk, so it’s good to remind them that we didn’t squeak one past them,” Gateskill-Fuqua said.
Gateskill-Fuqua scored twice in about 12 minutes to put Danville in the driver’s seat, and Ramos added two insurance goals late in the game to give the Admirals their third win over the Rebels in the teams’ last four meetings.
“I was playing a little trick on them (after the game),” Danville coach Brent Beauman said. “They thought I was mad at them, but I was like, ‘Why did it take us this many games to play that way.’ That was what we’re able to do, and I’m glad we’re doing it now so we can continue to get better.”
Games between Danville and Boyle are usually close, but this was the exception. In fact, it was the first game with a margin of more than three goals since a 10-2 Danville win in 2002.
The Admirals outshot the Rebels 13-2 in the second half and 18-4 overall, and they held a 10-3 edge in shots on goal.
“We came out and fought with them in the first half and they knocked us back, but we got some good momentum going, and we got them down and didn’t let them back up,” Gateskill-Fuqua said.
Boyle coach Cris McMann said turnovers were the trouble for the Rebels (2-5, 1-1), whom he said surrendered the ball 62 times according to their own statistics.
“I’m completely frustrated with these guys,” McMann said. “I have no idea (why it’s happening). They don’t either. I think some of it is they don’t have the same technical ability as guys we’ve had in the past. Also, I think they don’t listen very well. You tell them to play the ball one place and they play it a different place. It’s that kind of stuff.”
Beauman said Danville was able to take advantage of Boyle’s turnovers thanks in large part to the play of midfielders Noe Ayala and Cesar Barradas.
“That was their best game, and they were doing exactly what we wanted,” Beauman said. “Shawn and Christian scored the goals, of course, and did their job, but I think if it wasn’t for Noe and Cesar getting in there and clogging up the middle, we might not have gotten many chances on frame.”
Boyle tied the game at 1-all exactly 1 minute into the second half on a goal by Galen Overstreet, but Beauman said he didn’t think that goal resulted in much of a momentum swing.
“It didn’t pump them up as much as it probably should have, and it didn’t take us down,” he said.
Just over 3 minutes after the Rebels evened the score, Gateskill-Fuqua gave the Admirals the lead on a penalty kick after Ramos was fouled by Boyle’s Noah Conley.
Gateskill-Fuqua struck again to stretch Danville’s lead from one goal to two, heading the ball in from 8 yards out off a throw-in from Damir Karapandzic in the 56th minute.
Boyle didn’t get a shot after the 52nd minute, so the game was been slipping out of the Rebels’ reach when Ramos took a feed from Barradas, faked out Boyle goalkeeper Bailey Snow and shot into an empty net in the 71st minute to make it 4-1. He got another empty-net goal in the 78th minute on a ball well away from the net that Snow couldn’t control.
Gateskill-Fuqua scored Danville’s first goal 15:01 into the game on a shot from about 20 yards out that beat Boyle goalkeeper Bailey Snow to his right.
Snow appeared to suffer an injury to his right hip on the play, and less than 4 minutes later he was replaced in the Boyle net by freshman Connor Burns, but he returned for the start of the second half, then was replaced again after Danville’s final goal.