No luck for Boyle's boys in 3-0 loss to South Laurel

October 27, 2003|JILL ERWIN

Boyle County was playing with house money Saturday night, but the Rebels just couldn't get lady luck to swing over to their side.

Boyle had trouble finishing its attack and fell 3-0 to South Laurel in the Sub-Section 8 game in the Boys State Soccer Tournament.

Before the season, the Rebels set a goal of winning the schools' first-ever regional title. They accomplished that, topping Model 3-1 to win the 15th Region and advance into the round of 16 for the first time ever.

Boyle (14-7-1) just couldn't get its shots to fall, and two early goals by 16th Region champion South Laurel (15-3-4) set the tone.


"When you make the postseason, you have to have a little bit of lady luck with you. Today, it just wasn't there," Conley said. "You need something to spark it up, get it going, and we just couldn't seem to get it rolling.

"Good luck to South Laurel. They played very well, and I hope they go all the way."

Less than seven minutes into the game, South Laurel's David Labore sent a high shot toward the Boyle goal. Boyle goalkeeper Evan Rice leaped to make the save, but the ball just squirted through his hands and bounced into the back of the net for an early 1-0 lead.

South Laurel's second goal came midway through the first half. A shot was sent in toward Boyle's goal that Rice came out to clear, but Labore recovered it and slotted it into the Boyle goal for a 2-0 lead with 19:59 still to play in the first half.

And that deficit was too much for even Boyle to come back from. The Rebels rallied from deficits in both their games in the regional, but didn't have it in them this time.

"They got two quick goals on us," Conley said. "That took the wind out of our sails a little bit. When you come back in two straight games, I just don't know how much was left in the gas tank."

South Laurel's final goal came off the foot of Pedro Caninew with 25:59 to play in the game.

Just reaching this game was all that was on Boyle's mind at the beginning of the season. The Rebels started the season 4-3-1, but went 7-2 over their final nine regular season games. A 1-0 loss to Marion County in the 30th District final just whetted the Rebels' appetites for a berth in the Sweet Sixteen.

Boyle won the regional title after building on the experiences of reaching the finals the previous two years. Now, the Rebels have a new experience to build on.

"This was our goal three years ago, and that was the only goal we had this year, to win the region," Conley said. "But when you have a bunch of kids that are inexperienced in the postseason, especially a school that's never been to a sectional tournament before, you have to learn.

"We have a whole bunch of kids that will be back next year that's been to this game and next year we're going to expect to go a little bit farther."

Boyle didn't have much luck stringing together passes, often holding the ball too long before looking to advance it. Conley said that was unlike his team, but was to be expected.

"I think the first 10-15 minutes it was nerves and just awe that we were in the sub-sectional," Conley said.

Conley said it's not just the experience of making this game that he'll remember in the future - it's the kids that got them here.

"I couldn't be more proud of a team. I've been coaching for 12 years, and this group of seniors I'll remember more than any group I've ever coached," Conley said. "This team is more like a team than any team I've ever coached. I've had a lot of talent over the years, and there's a lot of talent in this group, but this group is a team."

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