Four-goal start lifts youthful Corydon
There is young, then there is really young.
The Corydon Central boys’ soccer team falls into the really young category. Their roster boasts 22 players, 13 of which are freshmen. Four of the 22 classify as either juniors or seniors.
‘They are learning and getting it,’ said Corydon Central coach Jeff Salomon. ‘We had a tough loss to Salem last week. They were a team full of seniors and were more physical, but our guys hopefully learned from it.’
The bounce back from the 2-1 Mid-Southern Conference loss to Salem came on Thursday. Backed by four first-half goals, the Panthers upended fellow MSC foe Silver Creek, 4-1.
‘We played OK,’ Salomon said. ‘We played good in the first half. We were executing things we had worked on in practice and it paid off for us.’
A pair of long strikes vaulted the Panthers to a lead within the first 15 minutes. Junior Antonio Chavez drilled a shot over the Silver Creek backline and into goal in the eighth minute.
Seven minutes later, freshman Isidro Chavez struck another lengthy ball for a goal, pushing the Panthers up 2-0.
Corydon Central maintained possession for much of the first half, including winning a majority of the balls at midfield. Pressure on the Silver Creek defense continued in the half. Sophomore Connor Kopp added to the Panther scoring in the 26th minute. He took an Antonio Chavez assist and right-footed a ball in the goal.
Kopp just missed a second goal five minutes later. His strike from the left flank was saved, but teammate Max Murray hung around the back post to drive the ball into the back of the net.
Silver Creek’s best scoring chance was in the 35th minute of the first half, when a shot attempt rattled off the crossbar and out of play.
In the second half, Corydon Central dominated possession. Despite controlling the flow of the game, the Panthers were unable at add to their lead.
Silver Creek did punch a ball across the goal line in the final minutes on a header in front of goal.
‘Sometimes, like in the second half, we get back to our old ways: keeping the ball in the middle of the field too much,’ Salomon said. ‘We had a lot of shots in the second half, just didn’t get a goal. Sometimes that happens, but we should have had at least one, maybe three goals, but that happens.’
Salomon said he likes the steady development of the young Panthers.
‘This is a good team,’ he said. ‘Most of the guys try to learn.’
The Panthers return to the field today (Wednesday) when they host North Harrison at 5:30 p.m.