Panther boys best NH, 3-0; Forest Park blanks girls, 5-0
A gimmick goal was all Corydon Central needed to hand North Harrison its second loss of the season last night here, 3-0.
Brent Salomon’s corner kick deflected off Zach Isbell with 18:40 left in the first half to give the Panthers all the points they’d need in the contest. For good measure, junior Quentin Combs broke free for a goal with 10:06 showing in the second half and Kyle Savely wrapped things up on an assist from Andres Reyes with 2:39 left in the game.
Randy Spieth’s shutout on eight shots on goal by North was his fourth of the season.
“I think that first goal pretty much took the steam out of us,” Cougars coach Barry Lagg said. “We were already down. We’ve got four kids sick and several nagging injuries that we still have to overcome. We just weren’t ready to play and to be honest, I don’t think we’ve played yet this season.”
The Panthers had 21 shots on goal while keeping North from shooting the ball until the 20:00 mark of the first half.
“We are having some problems with our aggressiveness, which was not a problem last year when we had nine seniors. It’s like this year every player has one thing that they do really well and that’s all they do. They aren’t interested in getting out of that rutt and taking it upon themselves to improve. We are just too one-dimensional right now. I think it might even be that we are feeling the pressure to perform.”
Corydon improved their record to 5-2-1 with a 3-0 loss to Madison last week and a 1-1 tie with Restoration Christian. Combs scored the Panthers’ lone goal in that game.
North dropped to 3-2 with both losses to the Panthers.
A few minutes after the county clash, Corydon’s girls battled Forest Park but were scoreless in the contest, 5-0.
Considering the Lady Rangers pumped in 38 shots on goal, the score could have been much worse. However strong tending by Danielle Jackson in the first half and Ashley Kuhn in the second kept a rout from taking place.
“They’ve done a good job and are improving each time out,” Corydon coach Anita Feller said. “I think they understand it’s a first-year program and there are going to be games like this. They are still having fun though and are still enjoying playing, which is the important part.”
Corydon had two shots on goal in the game: Bridie Egan with 30:31 left in the frey and Sharon Brown with 11:48 left.
The loss dropped the Lady Panthers to 0-5.