Perry Central falls to Henry Clay


By Tony McGuire - cpsports@gmail.com



Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Perry Central’s Brecken Harvey applies the defensive pressure along the back line.


Perry Central’s Carmen Bryant out races the Henry Clay player to the ball during the state “Elite Eight”.


Perry Central’s John Watts controls the ball in the middle of the field during the state soccer tournament.


Perry Central’s Chad Smith defends against the header on the corner kick.


Commodore goalie James Blair stops a shot by Henry Clay during the state “Elite Eight”


Perry Central’s Dagen Combs starts the fast break down field during the state “Elite Eight”.


Perry Central’s Josh Lewis clashes with a Henry Clay player over a loose ball at the state soccer tournament.


Perry Central’s Robert Evers controls the ball from his defensive position.


On Saturday, The Perry County Central soccer team made the region’s first ever appearance in the Elite Eight. The Commodores would have to take on the state’s number 3 team in the Henry Clay Blue Devils.

Perry Central was faced with a daunting task in stopping Henry Clay’s high skill level and physicality. The Commodores had to play a very defensive game. The strategy worked well in the early going as they were able to keep the Blue Devils off the board for most of the first half.

With less than 10 minutes remaining in the half, the Blue Devils were able to get their first goal, and with time almost expired they picked up a second. Henry Clay went into the break with the 2-0 lead.

Perry Central had to change their game plan for the second half. Rather than keep the score low, they decided to go after Henry Clay, and pick up some goals.

As soon as the Commodores came out of their defensive stand, the Blue Devils began to make them pay. Henry Clay scored two quick goals to go up 4-0.

Late in the game, the Blue Devils struck again, and eventually ended the game with a 6-0 win. Perry Central’s Zac Combs was named to the 2015 boys state tournament all-tournament team.

Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Perry Central’s Brecken Harvey applies the defensive pressure along the back line.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_20912.jpgPhotos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Perry Central’s Brecken Harvey applies the defensive pressure along the back line.

Perry Central’s Carmen Bryant out races the Henry Clay player to the ball during the state “Elite Eight”.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_22132.jpgPerry Central’s Carmen Bryant out races the Henry Clay player to the ball during the state “Elite Eight”.

Perry Central’s John Watts controls the ball in the middle of the field during the state soccer tournament.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_22262.jpgPerry Central’s John Watts controls the ball in the middle of the field during the state soccer tournament.

Perry Central’s Chad Smith defends against the header on the corner kick.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_22352.jpgPerry Central’s Chad Smith defends against the header on the corner kick.

Commodore goalie James Blair stops a shot by Henry Clay during the state “Elite Eight”
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_22922.jpgCommodore goalie James Blair stops a shot by Henry Clay during the state “Elite Eight”

Perry Central’s Dagen Combs starts the fast break down field during the state “Elite Eight”.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_23332.jpgPerry Central’s Dagen Combs starts the fast break down field during the state “Elite Eight”.

Perry Central’s Josh Lewis clashes with a Henry Clay player over a loose ball at the state soccer tournament.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_23532.jpgPerry Central’s Josh Lewis clashes with a Henry Clay player over a loose ball at the state soccer tournament.

Perry Central’s Robert Evers controls the ball from his defensive position.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_23762.jpgPerry Central’s Robert Evers controls the ball from his defensive position.

By Tony McGuire

cpsports@gmail.com

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