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SHELBYVILLE -- Oldham County needed about 10 minutes to turn a close soccer match into a rout Tuesday night.
The Colonels scored four goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half on their way to a 7-1 win against the Rockets at Clear Creek Park.
Jacob McMurry led the way for Oldham (3-1-1), scoring three goals. Johnny Huerta, Clayton Wirth, Jason Karrel and Dylan Ford all also added goals.
After seeing his team fight back from a 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 halftime lead, coach Brian Durbin emphasized playing down the wings in order to create more chances at halftime.
“Durbin tells us to (attack down the wings) in training all day long,” McMurry said. “He really wants us to attack down the wings and he’s finally getting in our heads. We did it tonight and scored seven goals.”
The play that gave the Colonels a little second half confidence came with about four minutes left in the first period. Huerta played a pass up to Wirth, who took on two defenders on the right side and passed the ball across the face of the goal to an open McMurry. The striker nicknamed “MoMo” tapped the ball in to put Oldham up 1-0.
“Coming back from 1-0 to 2-1 in the first half,” McMurry said, “we couldn’t have come into the second half any better.”
McMurry scored his second goal of the contest less than five minutes into the second half. Running from far post to the near, he headed a Huerta free kick backwards past the keeper to make the score 3-1.
“(McMurry’s) probably our best finisher on the team,” Wirth said, “and that makes a big impact.”
Wirth scored less than a minute later, fighting the ball away from the Rockets’ (1-4) keeper after a sloppy save and putting it in the back of the net.
Next to score was Karrel who, three minutes later, lobbed a shot from 30 yards out that was just beyond the keeper’s fingertips and crossed the line just under the bar.
Then, two minutes later, Josh Little sent in a hard cross that McMurry converted to clinch a hat trick and push the margin to five goals.
“When you hit a ball in with pace your chances for putting it in the back of the net are much better than when it’s lobbed in,” Durbin said. “It’s something that we work on – tearing down those wings and then once you get there hit it in hard and it’s easy to finish.”
Ford rounded out the Colonels’ scoring with a goal that came with seven minutes to play.
Oldham has won three straight matches and will try to make it four in a row at 7 p.m. Thursday at DuPont Manual (3-5).