The Harrison County Thorobreds opened the soccer season in Claryville Tuesday night as they visited the Campbell County Camels.
After a slow start led to extra defensive pressure early, senior Logan Wiley lit a fire under his teammates with extra hustle and determination that led to the Breds first goal and a 1-nil lead.
The Camels came back about five minutes later for a goal of good fortune. Harrison County keeper Chris Ortiz blocked a rocket of a shot but the ball fell at the feet of an unmarked Camel who booted it into the net.
This was all of the first-half scoring as the two squads played a physical defensive battle for the remainder of the opening session.
The second half was more of the same as the ball went from end to end with each team having good possessions spoiled by good defense.
Campbell County scored the next goal on a penalty kick. Andrew Norfleet brushed a Camel player and he flopped, drawing the penalty kick for the home squad. They made the kick to take a 2-1 lead.
Campbell County made the decisive goal with about 10 minutes to play. A Camel forward made a nice play around the defense and kicked the ball off of the back post for the score and a 3-1 Camels’ lead.
The Campbell County keeper continued to make good plays in goal to fend off the Harrison County offense as the Breds made attempt after an attempt on goal.
Finally, with two minutes left, Wiley took the ball down the sideline and found Gus Garrison open with a pass. The junior placed the ball into the net for the final 3-2 score.
“We got started a little too late,” said Harrison County Coach Nick Hill. “We have to work on being prepared when we step off of the bus to play hard the whole match.”
The Thorobreds travel to Bourbon County on Thursday to play what promises to be a rough-and-tumble affair against the Colonels.
This will be the season opener for the Bourbon County squad.
The Thorobreds open the home season on Tuesday with a date in the Athletic Complex with George Rogers Clark.
George Rogers Clark will come onto the Hilltop with a 0-1 record as they lost Tuesday 5-nil to Scott County.