FLOYDS KNOBS —
A late first-period goal by Corydon attacker Cory Thomas was all the offense the Panthers needed as they turned back the New Albany boys’ soccer team 1-0 in the early Floyd Central 2A soccer semifinal sectional matchup last night.
Corydon will face Jeffersonville (12-3-2) in Saturday’s 3 p.m. sectional final. The Red Devils advanced with a 3-0 win over the sectional host Highlanders, scoring all three of their goals in the second period.
After a scoreless first period, goals by Brian Fischer (46:04), Leonard Kwintoda (59:00) and Skyler Davis (65:49) broke the match wide open as the Red Devils (12-3-2) advanced over Floyd Central.
Jeffersonville’s intensity was displayed throughout the first period, as they appeared frustrated by their inability to break through despite several shot attempts at the Highlander net. According to coach Carson Webb, that frustration was simply the result of their poor record against Floyd Central over the past few years and their desire to get the win.
“They’re a great program,” Webb said of Floyd Central. “I’ve never beaten them. We have seniors who have never beaten them. So, there’s been somewhat of a wall built up, where if something goes wrong, we feel like we can’t beat them and get frustrated. We needed to calm down [at halftime] and take control over what we could.”
Fischer’s goal, a header, came in off a header pass from Jordan Vejar and went left net past keeper Travis Foster. The goal ignited the Jeffersonville attack, and 10 minutes later, Kwintonda’s goal also came off a feed from Vejar.
Davis’ goal came from deep and floated over the outstretched arms of Foster and sealed the win.
Floyd Central (8-5-2) coach Zach Watson acknowledged the rivalry between the two squads following the loss.
“Everytime we play, things are hectic and chaotic, because everyone out there is trying to win so badly, and there are two guys out there who want to win more than anyone — me and Carson,” Watson said. “But after the match is over, we get together and shake hands and calm back down. I’ve known some of their guys for years.”
There’s reason for optimism next year in Floyds Knobs. The Highlanders lose four seniors but return almost a dozen players in the sophomore and junior classes who either start or see substantial playing time.
“We’ve got a lot to look forward to,” Watson said. “We started the year 3-4-2 and won our last five games. We got better as the year went along and that bodes well for next year.”