On Saturday, the Perry County Central Commodores (17-5) stepped onto the field against the North Hardin Trojans (18-8) in the “Elite Eight” of the boys’ Sweet Sixteen soccer tournament. The Commodores were able to keep things close for much of the game, but eventually fell to the Trojans.
The Trojans tested the Commodores defense early in the game, and eventually broke through with a hard shot 10 minutes into the contest. Perry Central clamped down on the defense at that point, and the game went into the break with the 1-0 lead still in tack.
It would not take long for North Hardin to strike again in the second half. Perry Central had trouble clearing the ball from the box, and a Trojan play eventually found himself the recipient of an open shot.
The Commodores picked up the pace on the offensive end at that point, pulling several players from their defensive positions. Late in the game, the Trojans began to take advantage of the situation, and added several more goals to their tally.
In the end, Perry Central was knocked out of tournament play by the final tally of 5-0. The loss ended the Commodores season with a 17-6 mark. They did not lose a game with in the region (9-0) or district (4-0).
Tony McGuire can be reached via email at [email protected]