By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
At the half of Saturday’s South Laurel-Lincoln County boys’ soccer match, the Cardinals only trailed the visiting Patriots, 1-0.
But a lack of available players took its toll on the Cardinals in the second half as Lincoln County scored three more goals to take a 4-0 win.
“I had two sick with a stomach virus and six injured,” South Laurel coach Amber Hensley said. “We just started to get tired in the second half.”
It was keeper Zach Allen keeping the Cardinals in the game in the first half as he made several key saves to keep the Patriots (8-7-1) off the board, one in the 9th minute and the other in the 15th minute.
The Cards best chance came in the 25th minute when TK Carter sent a cross in that Ben Tonkel headed just over the bar.
In the 38th minute Lincoln County’s Royce Cummins dribbled through the Cardinal defense and beat Allen for the 1-0 lead.
“We played well in the first half,” Hensley said. “We played well in a 3-0 loss to Madison Southern on Thursday. We played like a team against the Eagles and didn’t allow a second half goal.”
But against the Patriots, three second half goals were allowed as the Cardinals bench continued to dwindle, leaving just one sub to finish out the final 20 minutes.
South looked to have tied the match in the 43rd minute when a shot was chipped over the head of the Lincoln County keeper and rolled toward the goal. He raced back along with two Cardinal players and smothered the ball just before it crossed the goal line.
The Patriots would then add goals in the 44th (Blake Henderson), 46th (Carter Dunn) and 78th (Tate Harris) to seal the 4-0 win.
“It all depends on whether they want to play or not,” Hensley said.