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Breds improve record with two more shutouts

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By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County Thorobreds improved their season soccer mark to 10-3-2 with shutouts of Paris on Thursday and Sayre, Saturday morning. 

Both of the games were played at LeBus Field, but the play and intensity was different in each game. 

Paris came into the contest with a 3-10 record and didn’t figure to be much of a challenge. 

That prediction had Coach Nick Hill using this game to try to work out some kinks in the Breds’ game.

The main focus was working on teamwork and passing the ball. This was evident in the early going as the offensive players passed up several situations where shots may have been taken to pass to another team mate.

Harrison County did not score the first goal of the match until 28:52 was left in the first half on a penalty kick by Kyle Foster. 

The Thorobreds continued to work on play situations and options until almost seven minutes to go in the half and Josh Young kicked one in from the right front and the final score was established. 

The second half was more practice and work on situations. Hill also used the opportunity to work in several players who do not get a lot of playing time, but who could be very important as the district tournament nears. 

Saturday morning the Sayre Spartans rolled into LeBus Field with a deceptive 1-6-0 record. 

Deceptive because of the tough Lexington competition that the private school has played during the year having such a small enrollment. 

This game started off well for the Thorobreds as they dominated play for the first half. The Breds were able to put to use much of the passing practice that they had worked on in the previous game and had several good opportunities to score. 

However, it wasn’t until about 10 minutes remained in the half that Lance McIlvain crossed a ball in and Anthony Shirley put it into the back of the net for what was to be the only score of the game. 

The Breds played well the rest of the half having more chances come close, but ending the period with the one goal. 

Unfortunately, the Thorobreds seemed satisfied with the one goal and let Sayre hang around. 

Hill was not pleased with the second half effort. 

“We have come a long way this year, but we still have a ways to go,” he noted. “The team has not yet played to its full ability and we cannot be satisfied with a small lead.” 

Sayre did have some chances in the second half, but they could not convert and the game ended 1-0. 

The loss makes Harrison County 10-3-2 with three games left before hosting the district.  The Thorobreds welcome Mason County (9-8) to LeBus Field Tuesday, Sept. 28, and then travel to Lexington Christian on Oct. 5. The season ends with a senior night varsity match with Frankfort at home on Thursday, Oct. 7.