Hawks win Falcon Cup at Monroe County

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LaRue records five victories in seven tries on season

By Charles Holloway

The LaRue County High School boys' soccer team are the champions of the inaugural Falcon Cup at Monroe County. The team has the best record in the Fifth Region at five wins, one draw and only one loss.

LaRue County was a late entry into the Falcon Cup, earning an invitation when Campbellsville dropped its soccer program. The teams were to play one game on Thursday and two games on Saturday. Unfortunately, the boys were scheduled to play a district match at Nelson County. Thus, the Hawks played three matches on Saturday within a span of nine hours against fresh teams. That was six periods of 40 minutes of nonstop action and running with no timeouts and no breaks within nine hours at temperatures hovering about 88 degrees.

The boys who many times play in anonymity are stalwarts on the soccer battlefield. They are seniors Brent Gozzard, Bo Haun, Dylan Parr, Cheyenne Perkins, Andrew Skaggs, Dillon Walker, Dylan White; juniors James Crosswhite, Shawn Hull, Dakota White; sophomores Ricardo Collado, Alex Cook, Killian Gorman, Brock James; and freshman Jacob Hurt.

Sophomore Marshall Metcalf missed the games due to a leg injury.

After traveling 100 miles to Monroe County, the boys stretched and prepared for the first victim, Russellville Panthers.

It took less than three minutes for the first score. White was taken down inside the penalty box, and Cook delivered on the penalty kick. Seventy seconds later, Gozzard made a long defensive clear to White, who headed the ball through the keeper’s hands and into the net. Six minutes later, Walker rocketed a shot into the corner pocket after a hard-driven pass from Collado.

The second half was more of the same. Fifteen minutes in, White juked two defenders and scored through the hands of the keeper on a well-placed shot at the near post. Cook had the assist from a throw-in.

Five minutes passed, and White scored again on a thru-pass from Gorman.

Gorman finished the scoring on a direct free kick from 40 yards that was placed in the far post upper V over the keeper’s head.

For the game, LaRue County outshot Russellville, 25-2.

In the second half, the team played with 10 men on the field due to a questionable send-off (red card) offense.

Haun recorded one save.

Hart attack

Thirty minutes later the team played against the Hart County Raiders. It took time to shake the weariness, but the Hawks launched a strong offensive showing in the middle of the first half.

Hull outran, outhustled and outplayed the opponent defense as he scored at the 17th and 20th minute. The first score resulted from another strong defensive clear from Perkins. Three minutes lapsed and Walker scored from a throw-in from Crosswhite.

The second half catapulted into another offensive assault as the Hawks launched 15 shots on frame to the opponents’ one. Only diving saves by the keeper kept the score low. Scores came from Collado and Gorman.

So dominant was the defense that Haun did not have to make one save and allowed only two shots.

Falcons fluffed

The third and final match of the day drew a fresh and rested host team, Monroe County Falcons. This match determined the champions.

The Hawks drew first blood as Cook received a crossing pass from Collado. That was the only goal of the match.

The defense made its greatest stand in this finals match. No goals and only two shots allowed in the second half. For their effort, most of the defense was honored with the all-tournament team: Haun, Gozzard, Perkins, Walker and Collado were named.

For the day, the Hawks had three matches, three victories, 6-1, 5-2, 1-0, 12 goals to three, 64 shots on goal to the opponents’ nine shots.