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Highlanders outlast Corydon’s spunk, 4-1

Floyd Central dodged Corydon Central in the regular season, but there was no getting around the Panthers in the post-season if Floyd hoped to advance to the championship round of its own soccer sectional.
After a 1-1 tie at halftime on a nippy, fall evening last Thursday, the Highlanders broke through in the second frame and outlasted Corydon, 4-1, to advance to the championship (where they lost to New Albany, 1-0).
On Aug. 27, Floyd sent its JV team to face the Panthers’ varsity and was throttled, 10-0. Why the mismatch? When Corydon fielded its first varsity soccer team two years ago, it welcomed those types of games because it needed experience.
Apparently, said Corydon coach Kevin Trobaugh last week, the Highlanders still don’t feel like CCHS deserves varsity billing.
Those thoughts may have changed after Thursday’s tilt.
Floyd Central (12-7) outshot Corydon by only eight, 21-13, and never seemed quite able to pull away from the pesky Panthers (11-6-1), despite keeping possession of the ball for a majority of the game.
“I didn’t see them subbing any of the JV players they threw out against us earlier in the season,” Trobaugh said. “That’s fine. We got beat, but it was by the team that they had to put out there, and it wasn’t a cakewalk for them. If we had another 1,000 kids to pick from, maybe the result would have been different.
“They pass better than we do. It’s just fundamentals that we don’t have, yet. We’re a lot better than we were two years ago, but still not quite where we need to be. We had some shots, and that’s about the best we could do.”
The Highlanders scored at the 32:01 mark when Josh Libs punched one in on the right side. Corydon Central answered a short time later when junior Brent Salomon took advantage of a free kick by slicing a shot from the left side of the box, around the right side of a four-man wall and to the left side of the goal. The ball was just beyond the reach of Floyd goalie David Cook.
The hosts almost scored again just before half when Seth Klockman had a header to the right side that was punched away by the Panthers’ diving keeper, Carson Cooper.
“That was a big play because we don’t have to come out after the half and start trying to catch up immediately. That was a great save,” Trobaugh said. “He did a really nice job back there tonight. He’s one of those who is going to do a good job wherever you put him.”
Floyd’s nimble-footed Jason Henderson scored the eventual game-winner on a kick from the left side just a couple of minutes into the second half. With 28:33 left, Matt McDermott bombed one to the upper left corner from 35 yards out for the 3-1 lead. The final score of the evening came when Klockman deflected a shot out to Henderson, who netted the score at the 6:49 mark.
“Looking back, I don’t think there’s much else we could do to change the outcome,” Trobaugh said.
The Panthers will lose seven seniors, including a foreign exchange student. Two of the seniors are starters.

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