Panthers knock off rival NH for second time in a week
For the second time in a week, North Harrison’s boys soccer team held its own against rival Corydon Central. But just like the last meeting, which resulted in a 3-2 victory for Corydon, the Cougars were only able to manage two goals in a 4-2 setback to the hosts last Wednesday here.
Panther junior midfielder Isaac Brown accounted for two of his squad’s scores, and assisted in the final goal of the game.
‘He has had a standout year so far,’ Corydon coach Brad Tate said. ‘What’s great about Isaac is that too often the other team gets focused on Chad Salomon and Thomas Kaib, and leave Isaac free to get the multiple goals and assists that he does.
‘He is definitely underrated as a player and vital to our team.’
North Harrison pounced first with an early goal, then Brown countered about eight minutes later to tie the game at 1-apiece.
Brown put Corydon ahead for the first time with 9:40 left in the first, then North tied it again on a Tyler Brunner score at the 4:16 mark.
The 2-2 score held up until halftime.
The Cougars had a couple of point-blank blasts to kick off the second half, but Corydon keeper Teddy Lasky was up to the challenge and stymied the efforts.
Senior Kaib broke the tie in the 14th minute, sneaking a low line drive past North goalie Tyler Wood.
The score was all the Panthers needed to pull off the win, however Brown crossed a pass to senior Gabriel Lozano with 11:45 left to set the final score.
‘Their first two goals were off our keeper’s hands, then their third one was a really good one,’ North coach Ethan Maple said.
North Harrison was hampered a bit by the loss of senior defender Andrew Bosler, who suffered a right knee injury with 16:15 left in the match.
‘The injury put a strain on our defense,’ Maple said. ‘It’s a recurring injury and basically he’s day to day with how he feels.
‘This was a tough game. We never like losing to Corydon and hopefully we’ll get another shot at them. We scored the first goal in both games. We just couldn’t bring it for the whole 80 minutes.’
Tate noted that he believes his club can be a sectional contender.
‘Our team is a silent threat. We don’t put up the huge numbers or have the impressive record, but I honestly believe we can go toe to toe with the Providences and Jeffs and give them a run for their money,’ Tate said. ‘We pass superbly and have a great knowledge of game strategy. Our only weakness right now is finishing, and that is something we will definitely have fixed by October.
‘I don’t want to over hype our team. but we are definitely a sectional threat.’