September 9, 2013

Cards still lacking a finishing touch

By Denis House
Sports Editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Once again the inability to finish cost the South Laurel Cardinals, falling 3-1 to visiting Oneida Baptist Institute Thursday evening in boys’ soccer.

“It’s the same old song,” South Laurel coach Amber Hensley said. “We couldn’t finish.”

But that wasn’t the only problem Hensley saw with her team against the Mountaineers.

“They weren’t showing any heart to go to the ball,” Hensley said.

OBI was able to score two goals in the first half despite South Laurel having the better chances. The difference being the Mountaineers finished their chances while South did not.

In the 4th minute South’s TK Hacker fired a shot directly at OBI keeper Moses Vincent for an easy save. Hacker found Rivers Atkins in the 21st minute, but his shot was also saved by Vincent.

Oneida’s first real chance came in the 23rd minute but Jung Choy’s shot was saved by Zach Allen. Two minutes later a Daniel Poston corner kick found the head of Hacker at the far post, but his header went just wide.

Oneida finally scored in the 27th minute when Itune Lawani found himself open in front of the goal and blasted a shot past Allen. Five minutes later, in the 32nd minute, Barnabas Kim’s shot past Allen gave the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead at the half.

During the first half Hensley implored her team to pass to the feet and not hold onto the ball so long.

 OBI made it 3-0 in the 45th minute when Alex Assa battled his way through the defense and beat Allen.

The Cards got one of those goals back when they were awarded a penalty kick and Jacob Smart converted from the spot, cutting the lead to 3-1 in the 72nd minute.

That goal seemed to give South Laurel more life, but the Cards still could not capitalize. In the 77th minute Hacker battled his way past Alex Quarshie, leaving himself one on one with the keeper, but he pushed his shot just wide. Jacob Hubbuch fired a shot just over the bar in the 77th minute, and then one minute later, his shot was saved.

“We did too much walking and watching,” Hensley said.

South Laurel (1-6-0) traveled to West Jessamine on Saturday and will be on the road at Middlesboro tonight.