|Soccer teams get back to back triumphs
By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor
Bourbon County went down in the first district match of the year and West Jessamine fell in a classic battle as the Montgomery County boys’ soccer team moved its record to 3-3 in action last week.
“A good week, one we really needed,” said Coach Nick Pannell.
The Indians opened the season with a really demanding schedule and started off 1-3.
The Bourbon County matchup last week, at Paris, was a typical district battle filled with a lot of emotion and tough, physical play.
The Indians jumped in front early.
In the first minute the Tribe had a shot bounce off the crossbar and then sophomore Pruitt Lansdale took a cross from sophomore Colton Covix and buried it in the net with a header.
“You don’t see diving headers for a goal very often, but when you do they are beautiful,” Pannell said.
Freshman Ben Miles scored a pair of goals, one unassisted and the other on an assist from freshman Trey Carroll.
Senior Ean King scored a goal, also on an assist from Carroll, and then senior Daniel Shelton scored on a penalty kick.
Pannell had nothing but praise for his team and particularly his younger players.
“Our freshmen guys are playing really well right now and making a big contribution,” he said.
“Ben Miles has been finishing well and scored two crucial goals against Bourbon. Trey Carroll has stepped up and helped fill some big shoes for us while junior Garrett Craycraft is battling a hamstring injury.
“Will Lane has been a monster on defense using his size, speed and anticipation to guide us to success, and Noah Lane has had quality and meaningful minutes stepping up and playing in big moments giving us composure and great ball distribution in the midfield, just to name a few of the great efforts we’ve been getting.”
Next the Indians hosted 22nd ranked West Jessamine, the fourth ranked team they’ve faced in their first six games.
Playing without two of their starters because of an injury and a red card, the Tribe “showed a lot of heart” according to Pannell.
Sophomore Pruitt Lansdale teamed up with junior forward Mason Anderson to give the Indians the lead.
Lansdale threaded the needle on a through ball and Anderson took it home for the goal.
West Jessamine tied the score before the half and then the Indians made some tactical changes in the second half and were able to keep the Colts off the scoreboard.
Sophomore forward Giovanni Lopez came off the bench and his great effort earned the Tribe a penalty kick that senior Daniel Shelton Calmly buried in the back of the net for the game winner.
Pannell said it was great to see his team’s reaction after the win.
“I always believe that when you work hard for something it means more when the hard work pays off,” Pannell said.
“We have had a brutal early schedule, we have taken our defeats but we have gotten better and used what we have learned to defeat a good team. Now we can’t look back, we have to keep moving forward.”
Pannell added that one of the most enjoyable things about this team is the play of different age groups.
“Seniors, juniors, sophomore and freshmen, all playing together as a team,” Pannell said. “It’s great to see the kind of respect our players are building for one another and recognizing what each one brings to the table.”
The Indians were facing two district battles this week—Clark County on Tuesday and Paris on Thursday.