Danville prepares for district with 10-1 rout of Lincoln

October 08, 2003|MIKE MARSEE

STANFORD - With the season rapidly wrapping up, the Danville boys are looking for a little action.

Their coach says the still-developing soccer team needs to play as much as it can to get as much experience as possible in game situations.

So even though the Admirals' 10-1 victory Tuesday at Lincoln County wasn't much of a game, coach Gary Reynolds said it was still time well spent because it gave their younger players that much more experience.

"A game like that, when we get ready to go into district, we're going to really rely on our JV players," Reynolds said. "This gives them a little bit more confidence.


"The more confidence they have, the better they're going to play, and the older guys are going to have more confidence in them."

Danville (6-8-1) has already seen one game scratched from its schedule in this final week of the regular season - its home game Saturday against Madison Southern has been canceled - making Tuesday's game the next-to-last for the Admirals before the 30th District Tournament.

"We need as much practice as we can get in game situations," said sophomore Jameson Gay, one of three Admirals who scored two goals each. "We just need to get time on the field. Any time with the ball makes us better."

Danville closes the regular season at home Thursday against Campbellsville.

The Admirals have only three seniors, and Reynolds said the roster has only 12 true varsity players, making the younger players all the more important as the postseason looms.

"We've got a talented young bunch," he said.

Experience is important for Lincoln as well, where coach Lindsey Thurman said the Patriots still need to improve in fundamental areas.

"We've got to have better passing; we've got to do a better job of controlling the ball," Thurman said. "That's a huge step, a fundamental step."

Lincoln (1-13-1), which was outscored 19-1 in two days by Garrard County and Danville, was rarely able to control the ball for long Tuesday. The Patriots got only one shot in the first half and were outshot 46-6 overall.

Thurman said Lincoln still has much to learn, but he is trying to stay positive during the teaching.

"You try to yell positive things from the sidelines, and in practice you try to make it a little more fun for them," he said.

Danville scored its five first-half goals in about eight minutes, getting two goals each from Miguel Magana (18th and 24th minutes) and Taylor Lamblin (20th and 26th). Kelsey Snapp (23rd) was also part of the scoring flurry.

Gay scored in the 45th and 46th minutes to start the Admirals' second-half scoring, followed by Alex Gash (63rd) and Adam Hoover (66th).

Lincoln avoided a shutout when Josh Unthank scored in the 69th minute, but Danville scored once more when David Stroup got his first career goal on a penalty kick in the 88th minute.

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