Jeff marches on, drops Panthers
Since going to the two-class system in soccer back in 2011, Corydon Central and Jeffersonville have met each postseason.
All but the 2011 meeting (4-1 Jeffersonville win in championship) have come in the opening round of the boys’ soccer Class 2A Sectional.
Last Wednesday, Corydon Central had limited scoring opportunities while Jeffersonville cashed in on many of its chances. The Red Devils went on to shutout the Panthers, 11-0.
‘The skill is the real issues,’ Corydon Central coach Greg Robinson said. ‘Athletically, we have a few guys that can compete in this type of a game. The soccer skill has got to improve. That is what the offseason is for.’
Eight different Jeffersonville players scored on the sunny afternoon. Three goals came in the first 10 minutes of play, opening with a strike by Isaiah Salazer to the back of the net.
Midway through the opening half, Jeffersonville went ahead 5-0 when Christopher Whitfield converted a penalty kick.
Corydon Central possessed the ball well in the 23rd minute, but a shot by the Panthers sailed well over the crossbar.
Dylan Stinson netted a pair of early goals in the second half, putting the Red Devils well ahead, 9-0.
Pressing forward when possible, the Panthers had a few shots in the final 20 minutes. Attempts by Steven Quinn and Grant Smith weren’t converted.
After graduating a ton of seniors a year ago, Robinson knew the season would be tough for the Panthers.
‘Right now, our best athletes don’t have best soccer skill and our guys with great soccer skill aren’t necessarily our best athletes,’ Robinson said. ‘We have to bring it together and get it up to speed on both sides of it. The younger guys have good soccer skill but have to grow and get stronger.’
Corydon Central will graduate eight, including leading goal-scorer Smith, from the 2014 squad.
‘There will be a lot of competition for spots come next year,’ Robinson said. ‘We’ll have a hard time replacing Grant. He scored or had a lot to do with just about every goal that we had this year. That will be tough to replace, but I see some guys that can get there.’
Floyd Central eventually defeated Jeffersonville in the championship, 5-4.