In what Coach Nick Hill referred to as “the entire team firing on all cylinders,” the Harrison County Thorobreds soccer team tied Montgomery County 0-0 last Thursday at the Athletic Complex.
A nice crowd from both schools witnessed an intense battle from the opening kick, which saw the Thorobreds take the action to the Indians in an unusually physical game for the Breds.
“We finally started a game off strong and were in it the entire time,” observed Hill. “We had a couple of missed opportunities, but overall a good performance.”
The Breds had three or four good scoring chances during each half using some nice cross-field passes along with some balls that just fell over the defender with a Thorobred in position to score.
The Breds were just not able to connect on the good chances that they had to score.
The Harrison County defense was nearly spectacular at times, particularly in the play of Ben Anness and Grant Carr who were assigned the All-Region Tanner Dice.
Dice, who is being recruited by major colleges to play soccer, was frustrated all evening by the persistent hustle and hard play of the Harrison County defenders.
Goal keeper Christian Carey made two tremendous stops, one that carried him into the goal post leaving him dazed for a second, which were game savers.
The second big play came with 28:45 left in the game when he fully extended parallel to the ground to deflect a shot by Montgomery County.
Except for the two great saves and a period of about three minutes around the 20 minutes to play mark, the Breds were dominating but unable to score.
In the junior varsity match, Harrison County rallied to tie the score at three goals each after trailing 3-nil at the half, but lost a 3-4 verdict to the Indian junior varsity.
The term “roll past” maybe under states the Thorobreds win at Mason County Tuesday night as the Breds mercy ruled the Royals 10-nil in the first half.
Carey posted his third shutout of the young season as the Thorobreds improved to 3-2-1.
Cody Honeycutt and Logan Wiley each had two goals while Carr, Corey Jackson, Taylor Bolin, Kyle Foster, Joe Thomas and Brandon Watkins each scored once.
Bolin had two assists while Daniel Klapheke and Jordan Gasser had one each.
The Thorobreds next outing is Thursday when they travel to Paris and take on the 1-4-1 Bourbon County Colonels. They return home Tuesday, Sept. 4, to host Sayre.