New Albany trims Corydon in soccer
While last year was officially the first varsity season for boys soccer at Corydon Central, 2001 will be remembered as the season Panther futbol had arrived.
In Year One, Corydon played mostly junior varsity teams. Year Two saw the number of second-teams drop to the point that New Albany had to stay with its first-stringers from kickoff to final whistle in Saturday morning’s sectional semifinal at Floyd Central.
In the end, the Bulldogs nipped Corydon, 3-0, to cap the Panthers’ season at 12-5-1.
“I really kind of equate it to a baseball game,” Corydon coach Kevin Trobaugh said. “There were three runs on the board but only one of them was an earned run. We just couldn’t put a ball in the net.”
New Albany was held scoreless until the 26th minute, when the scoring began.
One of Corydon’s defensive players slipped in the mud and brought up a one-on-one situation for New Albany, which capitalized with a score by Matt Karaffa.
Karaffa scored again later in the game to make it 2-0 at the half and Jordan Carroll notched a netter as well to seal the win on a penalty kick for an alleged hand-ball.
“We were a little bit tentative to begin the game and Carson made some nice saves for us,” Trobaugh said. “It would have been nice to have been able to call a time-out to spark the team and tell them what they could do a little bit better, but in soccer, you just have to go with what you’ve got.”
Trobaugh said his soccer club had three main goals this season, two of which were to play hard and to beat the “Big Four” of New Albany, Floyd Central, Providence and Jeffersonville.
“We got New Albany and Floyd Central and Providence beat us in the first match of the season. Jeffersonville barely got us in the second half, so we did a pretty good job with our goal. We didn’t quite get it,” Trobaugh said, “but we came pretty close.”
The Panthers started the sectional with a 3-0 shutout of rival North Harrison.
Sophomore Brent Salomon scored all three goals against the Cougars to send the second-year squad into the semifinal.