Corydon Central dominates Eagles
Two county rivals had different goals as the boys’ soccer programs from Corydon Central and Lanesville met up on the Eagles’ pitch last Tuesday night. While Corydon Central took the bus back west with a 10-0 win, both teams left the game with a feeling they had work to still do.
With 12 seniors on the roster, aspirations are high this year for the Panthers. Corydon Central head coach Justin Bottorff said games like this one are all about making everyone better.
“We worked on a lot of things that we don’t usually work on,” Bottorff said. “Specifically, we had couple touches mandatory for some of the guys, some of the guys had to shoot long-range shots and the full team had to keep possession of at least five passes to start.”
The Panthers opened the contest with continuous pressure on the Eagles’ defense. In the first 12 minutes of the match, Corydon Central was flagged offsides six times. Then, 13 minutes into the contest, the visiting team found the back of the goal for the first time when sophomore Cesar Osario found the foot of junior Nolan Ables, who started Corydon Central’s scoring on the night.
Within the next seven minutes, the Panthers scored two more times, thanks to goals by sophomore Hayden Ettner and senior Jagger Holton.
Lanesville’s goalkeeper, junior John Morgan, had a handful of bang-bang saves to keep the Eagles close. Corydon Central led 3-0 at the half.
First-year Lanesville head coach Brady Sanders said his plan for his players wasn’t any different from Corydon Central’s for the game.
“Look at this as an opportunity to get better,” Sanders said. “We knew going into it that it would be a hard game.”
Sanders is the program’s third coach in three years. While he played soccer at New Albany High School, the Lanesville coach said he is still learning about small schools with soccer programs in Southern Indiana.
Lanesville’s highlight in the middle of the field was the play of junior Austin Crosier.
“Austin is one of the best players in the area,” Sanders said.
Crosier plays club soccer with Javanon in the Louisville area. Club soccer is the equivalent of AAU basketball.
Sanders said Crosier normally has extra help in the midfield, but she has three teammates who are key role players who were not able to play against Corydon Central.
Without the additional supporting cast, the Panthers were able to take advantage by adding seven second-half goals. On the night, Ettner and Ables scored twice and seniors Juan (Freddy) Torres, Sam Craig, Marcos Chavez, Justin Drury and Jacob Chaires each scored once.
“I warned them that if they were playing lazy, hitting it off frame too much, then we had plenty of kids on the bench who were ready to go in,” Bottorff said.
Drury and Zane Pigg shared time in the net for the clean sheet for the Panthers.
Besides the Panthers’ victory over Lanesville, Corydon Central also picked up a Mid-Southern Conference win on the week, topping Silver Creek 4-1. Senior captain Lucas Lee led the Panthers with a goal and two assists in the win. The senior-dominant Panthers are now 3-0 in MSC play.
“This is a big opportunity for us, and we know that,” Bottorff said. “This is the last year for them to prove themselves.”
The Eagles returned to the win column later in the week, too. Lanesville topped Mitchell, 3-0, after the two schools postponed their matchup that was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5.
Next up for the Panthers is a home match against county-rival North Harrison today (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. The Eagles are scheduled to take on Charlestown at 6 p.m. Tuesday.