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BUCKNER – Bad second half luck took a fall for the worse Wednesday night for Oldham County’s boys’ soccer squad.
Star Colonel midfielder Jonathan Huerta fell awkwardly after a hard tackle by Lexington Catholic’s Tyler Mattingly with 10 minutes to play and the match tied at two. Huerta landed on his right wrist and left the match.
He didn’t return, and Oldham and Catholic played on to a 2-2 draw.
Huerta will see a doctor and the team hopes to have more information soon on the severity of the injury, Colonel coach Brian Durbin said.
Adding insult to the injury, Mattingly’s tackle came on the edge of the box and would’ve resulted in an Oldham penalty kick had a foul been called.
“A lot of people say, when there’s a tackle, if you get the ball first then it’s clean,” Durbin said. “That was about five percent ball and 95 percent player.
“In my opinion that’s not a clean tackle and it should’ve been a penalty kick. That’s the way it goes.”
That non-call wasn’t the only controversial play of the second half.
Trailing 2-1 with 27 minutes to play, the Knights scored on a play where the Colonels (0-1-1) thought Catholic (1-0-1) was offsides.
“To me,” Oldham sophomore Josh Thomas said, “it looked like the back post man stepped up, leaving all them offsides and then it just bounced around and they hit it in. But I guess I saw it wrong.”
While the Knights were able to finish their best second half chance, Oldham came away empty on all its second half attempts at goal.
Thomas came especially close. He scored in the closing minutes of the second half to put the Colonels up 2-1. But two separate attempts at a go-ahead goal in the final 25 minutes banged out off the crossbar.
Huerta and Jason Karrel also came inches away from scoring in the second half.
“That was so frustrating,” Thomas said. “We pretty much dominated possession. The ball just doesn’t always bounce our way."
Jacob McMurry scored Oldham’s first goal in the game’s first two minutes. Catholic tied the game at one minutes later.
The Colonels, who fell 4-1 to Trinity Tuesday, finish a tough week Saturday night when they head to Crestwood to take on rival South Oldham. The Dragons open their season Thursday night against Christian Academy of Louisville.
“Every time we play South it’s a tough game,” Durbin said. “We come to play, they come to play, there’s a whole lot of emotions involved.
“Typically the team that stays the most composed comes out on top.”