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Draw good enough to bring MSC title home

Draw good enough to bring MSC title home
Draw good enough to bring MSC title home
Corydon Central's Isaac Smith, left, congratulates Antonio Chavez after Chavez scored a goal in the second half. (Photo by Brian Smith)

The Corydon Central boys’ soccer team made the trip to Scottsburg Monday in an attempt to secure its first outright Mid-Southern Conference title. The road trip proved worth it despite a 2-2 tie against the Warriors.
All Corydon Central needed was a tie to take the conference, but a loss would have given the trophy to its rival.
‘Overall, they did a good job and played hard,’ said Corydon Central coach Jeff Salomon. ‘They came out of here with what they needed to come out here with: to win the conference. It would be nice to beat Scottsburg instead of tie.’
Last year, the schools shared the conference crown because of a late season tie between the two.
Corydon Central got on the board first in a rather slow-paced first half. Making a run from the right side, Martin Caicoya was able to chip a shot over a drawn-out keeper into the top shelf. The goal, scored in the 28th minute, was answered quickly by Scottsburg.
Off a throw in deep near the net, Scottsburg was able to squeeze a shot under Panther goalkeeper Josh Faulkenburg. The goal, 1:30 after the Panther goal, tied the game at 1-1 heading into the half.
In the second half, Corydon Central came out with more intensity and attacked the midfield. A lineup change, moving Zach Anderson onto the pitch for the second half, brought the much-needed push. Anderson ran through a few defenders and created a goal-scoring opportunity in the first minute providing a spark.
Five minutes into the half, Corydon Central took the lead with an Antonio Chavez goal. Chavez and Isaac Smith played a two-man game inside the box before Chavez put the ball in the net off a tough angle from the right.
‘I told them at halftime that it was up to them,’ Salomon said. ‘I told them the reason the game is tied is because they were getting to every ball first. I told them until they wanted to get the ball first and start hustling, they were going to be down. That was the only thing they were doing better than us and it showed. They responded, and we had many more opportunities than they did in the second half to do things.’
Unlike the first half, the Panthers held the possession advantage in the second half. Scottsburg put together little runs on offense but needed a counterattack to score.
Scottsburg scored again, drawing Faulkenburg out and chipping a ball over and in the net.
Corydon Central had several opportunities in the final 15 minutes but was unable to take an outright win. Matthew Rhoads and Smith played keep away for the final five minutes, keeping a Scottsburg threat at bay.
‘All the guys gave a good, hard effort,’ Salomon said. ‘Martin played a really good game up front. He really hustled for us and made a big difference for us. He gave Antonio some rest and gave us a really good game.’
Corydon Central has two regular season games remaining: Saturday at Northeast Dubois and Monday at Floyd Central.

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