Boyle's 'best team' easily beats Danville 4-2

October 03, 2003|JILL ERWIN

Danville boys soccer coach Gary Reynolds watched as the game plan he had worked on all week worked to perfection on the Admiral Stadium field Thursday.

Unfortunately for Reynolds, it was Boyle County that made it look so good.

The Rebels (9-4-1) implemented the exact same attack plan Reynolds wanted to use and made it look impeccable in a 4-2 victory over Danville (5-8-1).

"That is the best Boyle County team I've ever seen play," Reynolds said. "They're the best team we've played so far. They move nicely off the ball and they limit their touches and their passing game is just excellent, no two ways about it.

"They were playing up, back and through, which is what we worked on all week. They were playing the same game plan we had. The difference was they did it and we didn't."


Boyle coach Greg Conley agreed with Reynolds that Thursday's performance was his team's best of the year. It was Boyle's fifth win in six games, and Conley said a matchup with the Admirals was just what his team needed.

"I don't know what it is, but Danville brings it out," Conley said. "It's the rivalry, it's our camaraderie, it's all of it. (Our kids) love playing in this stadium. Not to take anything away from Danville, because they've been playing very well lately. But when all of our cylinders are firing, it looks good."

The Rebels did it with a makeshift defensive lineup. Goalkeeper Evan Rice and defender Blake Sheaks were out with injuries and sweeper Alex Wagner missed the game after getting a red card in Tuesday's match with Sayre.

Ben McClain took over in goal, Patrick Barsotti stepped in for Sheaks and Max Gideon moved back to sweeper while Patrick Morgan came into the midfield.

"It didn't make any difference tonight, did it?" Reynolds asked.

Boyle jumps to big lead

Not especially. Boyle had two shots stopped by Danville keeper Matt Booth in the first six minutes of the game, but finally broke through off a corner kick at the 5:37 mark. Eric Curtis sent in a corner kick that Morgan headed in for a 1-0 lead. Just over seven minutes later, Roland Achenjang scored on a loose ball in the box, and Nick Farmwald followed with a goal in the 17th minute.

That's three goals in 11 minutes, and that's exactly what Conley said he was looking for.

"That's something we've been talking about for two years now," Conley said. "In the game of soccer, when someone scores, the other team is extremely vulnerable. It doesn't matter one way or the other, but it's a very tense moment. I've tried to teach them to capitalize on that. If you score a goal, you should be looking for another one immediately. This team jumped on that."

Danville cut the lead to 3-1 in the 56th minute on a penalty kick by Miguel Magana. Boyle stretched the lead back out when Achenjang scored off a deflection in the 60th minute.

Boyle held a 24-8 shot advantage, and Danville's Booth had 14 saves. Reynolds said the play of his junior keeper kept Danville in the game longer than they should have been.

"He made some incredible saves," Reynolds said. "Boyle County obviously was threatening on a very consistent basis. They were able to penetrate our defense with ease tonight. Him being the last line of defense, he did the job. I don't think we could have asked for any more than he did."

The Admirals' final goal came with just under seven minutes to play when Jameson Gay worked his way through the Boyle defense and scored.

It was one of the few times a Danville player could get through the Boyle defense and get off a clear shot, but Conley said that was a testament to his whole team.

"It wasn't really the back four as it is this group of kids," Conley said. "It's this team. They believe in each other. When you have nights like this where everybody believes in each other, I could have played anybody anywhere."

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