Paris Soccer Ties Richmond Model
September 26, 2012Paris High School
PARIS SUPRISES RICHMOND MODEL WITH 0-0 TIE
Second year Coach Bill Gibson described last Friday's loss to Covington Latin as one of the toughest losses in his two years at the helm of Paris Boys Soccer. In turn, he described the tie with Richmond Model as one of the greatest steps forward by his club in the same time frame. Coming into Monday night’s match-up, Model had lost only two games against 10 wins and had outscored its opponents 56-10 and lost only to 9-4-1 Franklin County and #17 ranked Kentucky Country Day.
"It would have been easy for our kids to come out tonight and felt sorry for themselves and played flat after last week’s loss. However, I think that they galvanized their character and defined the season by how they chose to respond in this match. We held a team who averaged 4.5 goals a game to zero and played well up front,” Gibson said.
The defense played well for the Hounds as they never gave Model a clear rip at the goal. Gibson said, "I've spoken a lot about the defensive play of Blanton Park (Jr.), Deantre Landrum (Jr.), Ricardo Rodriguez (So.), Demond Dorsey (So.) and Alex Preston (Jr.). All of them played well tonight. I can also say that Logan West (Sr.) is probably one of the best goal keepers in the region; however, it was our offensive players who matched possession time that made the work for the defense much easier this game. Kullen Fryer (Sr.), Michael Frye (So.), Ethan Gibson (Sr.), Garrett West (So.), Nick Pridemore (Sr.), Halen Stamper (So.) and Andy Smith (So.) all played a great contest. We also had solid substitute play by Matthew Humphrey (Jr.) and Taylor Douglas (Sr.)."
Although Model edged the Hounds in shots during the first half, Paris had more looks at the goal in the second. Gibson opined, "We had some great opportunities through much improved passing and just good solid effort. We challenged every ball and made some great runs that allowed us quality looks at the goal. One of the biggest differences tonight versus our play in other games against quality teams is that we didn’t leave our marks and trusted the on-ball pressure of our teammates."
Paris (8-6-3) will take on Harrison County (7-6-1) on Thursday in a 10th Region match-up.