Boyle boys advance to regional final

October 22, 2003

BEREA - The Boyle County boys came from behind twice, then got a game-winning goal from Eric Curtis with 1:53 remaining Tuesday night to edge Madison Southern 3-2 and reach the finals of the 15th Region Tournament.

Curtis' second goal of the game gave Boyle (13-6-1) its first lead in its semifinal against host Southern (13-5-2).

"(It was) one of the most exciting soccer games that I have been a part of coaching," Boyle coach Greg Conley said.

Boyle, which lost the 30th District Tournament championship to Marion County last week but had won eight of its previous 10 games, will play Model in the regional final at 7 p.m. Thursday. Model defeated Marion 3-1 in Tuesday's first semifinal.

The Rebels' season has ended in the regional finals in each of the last two years, and they have never advanced from the regional to a sub-section game under the current postseason format.


A win Thursday would send Boyle to a sub-section game at Somerset or South Laurel, probably on Saturday.

"We will hopefully continue and fulfill the goal that we set for this team at the beginning of the year," he said.

Southern had not lost in 12 straight games, a run that started with a 2-0 win at Boyle on Sept. 9. And the Eagles led 1-0 at halftime Tuesday.

"The kids were playing scared, as if they were going to make a mistake," Conley said. "We had a long talk at halftime about what we were going to do and whether or not we wanted our season to end now.

"In the second half the light bulb came on. I've never seen so much heart in my life."

Boyle's Nick Farmwald opened the second-half scoring, and Curtis tied the game after Southern regained a 2-1 lead.

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