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North, CC tough in first halves, wilt in second

A final score isn’t always indicative of how the game was played, and a perfect example of such came Wednesday night at the Floyd Central High School soccer fields.
While both Corydon Central and North Harrison were shut out by their counterparts, 5-0 and 7-0 respectively, they fought vigorously in their battles before finally succumbing in the opening round of the Floyd Central Sectional.
The Panthers (3-14-1) and keeper Teddy Lasky survived a flurry of point-blank shot attempts by New Albany three minutes into the first half. Lasky was able to make a couple of miraculous saves to keep the affair scoreless.
That changed with 13:11 left when Patrick Dohogne slid a kick just between the outstretched hand of Lasky and the right support post of the goal.
The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Bulldogs at halftime. New Albany had nine shots while Corydon had just two.
Six minutes into the second half, Dohogne just missed a header in front of the goal.
After the bend-but-don’t-break effort through the first 57 minutes of the clash, Corydon Central finally caved in the remaining 23 minutes. New Albany found the hammock four times to put the game away.
With 22:46 left, New Albany made it 2-0 when Cameron McLaughlin found a rebound and tipped the shot in. Dohogne scored from 35 yards out with 20:39 showing, Alan Blair scored with 3:24 left and Jonathon Falcone capped the evening with a score with 2:30 remaining.
‘The main thing for us was to go out and play hard for 80 minutes and we did that. Our defense kept us in the match for so long. I’ve got to give guys like Isaac Brown, Brent Rogers, Matthew Rhoads and Chad Salomon a ton of credit. We didn’t generate any offense to help them out,’ Corydon first-year coach Brad Tate said. ‘Still, I’m so proud of the guys. We started out with a rag-tag team in the beginning of the season and had guys who didn’t know any positions and we improved every game.’
The Panthers lose just two seniors ‘ August Veron and Alex Morrow ‘ to graduation.
‘The bulk of our team are freshmen and sophomores, so I’m really looking forward to next year. We need to bulk up a little bit and really get into the weight room, though,’ Tate said. ‘Tonight we were pushed around a little bit and we need to be big enough to push back.’
North Harrison’s luck against Floyd Central was similar, only the Highlanders held a 2-0 lead at the intermission and then started piling on the goals.
‘We wanted to try and support our defense as much as possible,’ Cougars coach Ethan Maple said. ‘They went 10 minutes before they got their second goal and then after halftime we got down 4-0 and from there it was hard to keep it together.
‘I’m still happy for the team. This is the first year for a winning season and the best year we’ve ever had at North Harrison. We’ll have a lot of returning players for next season and will have some eighth graders coming in that will help us out.’
Scoring for the Highlanders were Andrew Orwick, who had two goals, Joe Book, B.J. Hollis, Daniel Wells, Max Cooper and Matt Neeld.

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