Colonels use pressure to beat Mustangs

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By Mickey Patterson

BUCKNER – Oldham County’s pressure offense kept North Oldham on its heels through much of the game as the Colonels powered to a 4-0 win in the district soccer tourney Monday.“We wanted to play high pressure — we think we can be successful against North that way,” OCHS coach Mark Robson said. “We didn’t want their defenders to have the ball to long and let them start their possession too soon.”The pressure allowed the Colonels to score twice in each half, never allowing the Mustangs to challenge.The Colonels, 14-4-0 and ranked No. 6 in the state, got on the board seven minutes into the game when Shawn Parker fed a long through-pass down the center of the field that Jacob Kemper was able to run down.Kemper settled the ball, took a short run to the left and hit a left-footed rocket from about 20 yards out that sailed in the net in the far right corner to put the Colonels up 1-0.The second goal came with 22:57 left in the half out of a jumble of tangled players right in front of the Mustangs’ goal.OCHS Sean Gallagher was able to head the back into the net after it had bounced through and off of several players from both teams.“We didn’t pass as well as we should have in the first half, we had a lot of turnovers,” Robson said. “We did a much better job in the second half.,”The Colonels pushed the lead to 3-0 with 29:47 left in the game.Tyler Haertzen took a pass from just inside midfield and made a run down the right side hitting a running shot from just outside the top of the penalty box.The final score came with 8:29 left from David Bohnlein. The Colonels sent a corner kick by to Zach Davis who fed the ball inside the box where Bohnlein was able to punch the shot in out of a crowd of players for the 4-0 lead.NOHS closes the season with a 9-8-3 record after opneing the district with a 7-0 win over Spencer Counhty Monday.OCHS will go after its sixth straight district title 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, against South Oldham.

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