Improving Boyle tops Campbellsville

October 06, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Boyle County had all the opportunities it could want against Campbellsville here Tuesday night and felt like it should have come away with more than just a 3-0 win.

With a 24-4 shot advantage and an ability to forge an offensive attack at will, it still took Boyle (6-6-1) nearly 25 minutes to get on the scoreboard against Campbellsville (4-11-2).

"I know what these boys are capable of," Boyle coach Cris McMann said. "I knew it would take a little time, but we're coming along slowly, but surely. Their attitudes have been very good. We made some mistakes, but they didn't get down on each other, and that's what I liked to see."

The Rebels took an offensive hit early in the game when junior Eric Curtis was knocked out of the game just 45 seconds in. He ran into the box to attempt a shot, but tangled with Campbellsville goalkeeper Matt Gaines, flipped over and landed hard on his back. He returned to the game midway through the first half, but came out again shortly thereafter and didn't return.


Boyle adjusted well as the Rebels dominated the game offensively and got on the scoreboard with Patrick Morgan's goal with 15 minutes, 16 seconds remaining in the first half.

With 1:27 to play in the first half, John Frauenhoffer gave Boyle some breathing room. A ball was played back to Gaines, who came out after it. But an Eagles' teammate attempted to clear the ball at the same time, Frauenhoffer ran onto it and poked it past Gaines. Gaines tried to make a sliding save, but ended up knocking the ball into the goal for a 2-0 Boyle lead at halftime.

The final goal came on an Alex Wagner penalty kick to the left side with 28:27 to play in the game.

Rebels have had trouble finishing

Morgan said the Rebels' offensive woes come from a problem finishing shot opportunities.

"Our defense and our midfield are playing really well, and our forwards just need a little work finishing," Morgan said.

McMann won't argue that point. The Rebels have scored one goal or less in four of their last six games. McMann said he's waiting for the players to break out of their offensive slump, but he also acknowledges he made some changes when he took over as head coach two weeks ago.

"We've been talking about this for a little while," McMann said. "Our midfielders are playing good balls and putting it where they need to. I wish I knew how to fix it. If I knew, I would do it. I know these guys have the skills to do it.

"They're playing a different system, and for the first few games, they were struggling with that. Now our center midfielders are marking well and we're starting to catch on."

McMann is an offensive-minded coach, saying he likes to play three forwards to facilitate scoring. But he said his opening up of the offense was a bit much at first.

"I like to play long balls, but not all the time," McMann said. "They went from a possession style of play to me giving them permission to open it up. The problem was, they were opening it up all the time. When all you're doing is playing long ball, long ball, long ball, that's very easy to defend against. But we're starting to mix things in and starting to do better. We just have to learn how to finish."

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