Soccer: Boyle blanks Scotties 6-0

September 10, 2004|JILL ERWIN

It didn't take long for the Boyle County Rebels to take the lead against Mercer County Thursday, but it took them until after halftime to start playing the way their coach wanted in an easy 6-0 win.

Boyle (3-2, 2-2 29th District) got on the scoreboard in the fifth minute on Alex Rice's first goal. Boyle would score twice more in the first half against Mercer (1-7, 0-3), but coach Greg Conley still wasn't pleased.

His Rebels had played well in a win against Danville last week, but took a big step backward in a 2-0 loss to Garrard County Tuesday. Conley refused to even talk about the Garrard game, but said the Rebels didn't do well in the first half Thursday, either.

"We tried to play too many through balls," Conley said. "We've got to get out of that habit."

It didn't hurt Boyle too badly in the first half. Rice's goal came off an Adam Stuart assist just 4 minutes, 40 seconds into the game. The Rebels added a second goal in the 28th minute when junior Eric Curtis took Rice's deflected shot, dribbled through a crowd and finished.


Curtis said those early goals were more than enough to help build Boyle's confidence.

"If we get a quick start, we feel like we can control the game," Curtis said. "When we do that, everybody settles down and we're good."

Rice scored again in the 35th minute off a pass from Dan Nedvidek for a 3-0 halftime lead.

Curtis said Conley was very clear about what he wanted from the Rebels in the second half.

"He wanted us to control the ball a little more in the second half," Curtis said. "He wanted us to play possession, and we did."

Boyle made more direct passes, and controlled the ball well in the second half. Mercer struggled to put together an offensive attack, as it had all game.

The Scotties have won just once and scored in just two of their eight games. Coach Jaziel Guerra declined comment after the game.

Mercer's best shot at a goal came in the 65th minute. Austin Dunbar fired a shot at goal that Boyle keeper Ben McClain deflected out of bounds. The ensuing corner kick from JR Perez found Dunbar's head, but the shot sailed over the crossbar.

"In the second half, we came out and did the things we talked about doing," Conley said. "We didn't do those in the first half. We started working it around in the second half and we got a lot more numbers out of that. If I can just convince them to do that."

The Scotties took just seven shots, and Ben McClain had four saves. Boyle, on the other hand, had 24 shots and Mercer keeper Justin Morgan gathered up 14 saves.

Boyle scored its three second-half goals in an eight-minute span. In the 28th minute, John Frauenhoffer scored an unassisted goal. He then earned an assist on Boyle's fifth goal, as Stuart took Frauenhoffer's free kick and put it in the back of the net.

Nedvidek was credited with Boyle's final goal after his shot hit off the far post and was deflected into the goal by a Mercer defender for an own goal.

Five different Rebels scored the six goals, and Conley said that variety in the offense is going to be key for Boyle this season.

"That's a good thing. We do not have the depth we had last year," Conley said. "The more we can spread it around early in the year, the better off we're going to be in the postseason."

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