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Breds second in Soccer Classic, lose at Rowan Co. 2-1 Tuesday

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By Mike Aldridge

After a bruising 1-0 defeat at the hands, head and feet of Bishop Brossart on Thursday night, the Harrison County Thorobreds returned the 1-nil favor as they defeated Campbell County in the final game of the Thorobreds Classic Saturday at LeBus Field.
The match was full of ups and downs as the emotions and effort of the players on both teams seemed to go from high to low with little or no warning.  
Because of the roller coaster-type effort, the Breds won by the close one-goal margin though they dominated play through out the match.  
Junior Grant Carr rebounded a miss off of the cross bar and volleyed the ball into the back of the net for the match’s only score.  
Campbell County rallied after the score but goal keeper Christian Carey and the Harrison County defense kept them at bay.
Thursday evening was one of the more physical contests ever played at LeBus Field.  
The Bishop Brossart Mustangs bucked and kicked their way to a 1-nil win over the Thorobreds on a goal at 10:14 left in the first half.  
The Breds had few chances as several yellow card calls and other penalty kick decisions went against them giving the Mustangs a constant edge in field position.  
Many of the infractions appeared to happen after flops by the Mustangs but things aren’t always as they seem especially in soccer.  The single best chance to score for the Breds came with 26:21 left in the game but senior Kyle Foster’s kick was blocked by the Mustang goal keeper.  
“In the Brossart game, we were not mentally prepared early and had trouble with communication between players,” noted Coach Nick Hill.  “We were fortunate against Campbell County that they didn’t score while we were not as focused as we needed to be.  It is still early though and I believe we are learning from our mistakes.”  
The second place finish gave the Thorobreds a 2-1 record going into Tuesday’s match at Rowan County.  
Bishop Brossart won the Classic as they defeated Frankfort 7-nil in the first match on Saturday evening.  The Mustangs are 3-0 on the year, Frankfort is 1-2 and the Camels of Campbell County are 0-3.  
Tuesday night in Morehead the Thorobreds continued to start slowly, which caused them to give up two early goals to the Vikings.  
Foster scored on a header from a corner kick sent in by Brandon Watkins, but that was all the Breds could muster.  
“We totally dominated the second half,” bemoaned Hill.  “We had them on their heels the entire period but could not score. We have to get ourselves mentally prepared to start the matches.”  
Rowan County improved to 2-0-2 with the win while the Breds fell to 2-2 on the season.
The Thorobreds will host Montgomery County on Thursday evening in a match scheduled for the Athletic Complex.

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