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BUCKNER--- The beginning couldn’t have gone much better for Oldham County.
Right-footed senior forward Jay Davis had the Colonels on the board with a goal off his left foot just 2:32 into the game.
The goal helped send Oldham County to a 2-1 win over Collins in the boys soccer 16th district championship, but it didn’t quite propel the Colonels through the game.
Following Davis’ goal, Oldham County coach Brian Durbin said he saw his team go into a bit of a lull. The Colonels didn’t build on their first goal.
“We got an early goal and then just sat back and didn’t do what we could’ve done,” Durbin said.”I feel like after our first goal today, we let up. It’s always good to get an early goal, I just wish we’d continue to pressure and continue to play forward.”
Oldham County also dodged a few bullets.
The Titans had three just misses after that opening goal in the first half. The last was a shot by Collins senior midfielder Baker Medley that went wide right at the 14:30 mark. Nearly five minutes later, Medley didn’t miss, with a goal at the 9:34 mark that tied the game 1-1.
But like they did to begin the game, the Colonels struck quickly in the second half.
“This first half was probably the worst first half we had all year,” Davis said. “(Durbin) told us that and we knew. We didn’t have that good of a second half, we just played hard and got the result.”
Senior midfielder Dallas Moore booted the ball from 25 yards out that curved in under the crossbar 1:51 into the half. Collins junior goalkeeper Brandon Hughes came out, but didn’t even attempt to block the ball that was a little wind-aided.
“The first half, we didn’t play very intense,” Moore said. “We got the first goal and after that, we stopped playing the game we were playing. We were going out wide at the beginning of the game and then we started just hitting it over the top. The second half, we got the ball out wide more and that opened up the game a little more.”
This time, Oldham County built on its opening goal. Neither team scored the rest of the way, with the Titans just missing on more opportunities.
Collins junior defender Logan Bailey received a yellow card with 2:03 left in the game and a minute and a half later, junior midfielder Austin Huff had a goal on a header waived off after he was called for a foul on Oldham County senior goalkeeper Evan Gallagher.
Moore, Davis, junior Jared Kemper and sophomore Tanner Forrest were all named to the all-district tournament team for the Colonels.
Oldham County has a quick turnaround as it travels to Ballard for the first round of the region tournament on Monday, with gametime to be announced.
Durbin said he was a bit upset with the lull in performance, but at the same time, he smiled when asked about it.
“We’ve got a bunch of nice kids,” Durbin said. “I wish some of them would find that killer instinct after the first goal and start putting it to ‘em. But we do have that tendency to lag off a bit after one goal.”
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