On Wednesday, the Hazard Bulldog soccer team opened the 53rd district tournament with the Letcher Central Cougars. The two teams split the regular season, with each winning on their others’ home field. The Bulldogs turned a disastrous start into one of the most spectacular comebacks in recent tournament history.
Within the first two minutes of the game, Hazard found themselves on the short end of a 2-0 score. The Bulldogs closed ranks on the defensive end, and put an end to the Cougars offensive display.
With time running out in the first half, the Bulldogs caught a break when a free kick bounced around in the box and ended with an own goal (2-1). The 2-1 score would hold into the half.
Momentum stayed on the Hazard end of the field in the second half, giving the Bulldogs multiple shots at the goal. They were eventually able to tie the game when Cameron Deaton chipped a shot over the goalies head.
The Bulldogs continued to pound the ball into the box down the stretch, but the final blow came from 30-yards out. With just a handful of ticks left on the clock, Nick Combs volleyed a shot over the goalie’s outstretched hands into the net (3-2).
Letcher Central tried to make some offensive adjustments, but ran out of time. Hazard took the 3-2 win, placing them in the finals.
Hazard stats: Goals: Nick Combs 1 and Cameron Deaton 1. Assists: Isaac Turner 1.
Tony McGure can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org