Greyhounds Soccer Season Ends in District Play
October 18, 2012Paris High School
Paris Boys Soccer finished the season with a loss to 39th District powerhouse Montgomery County 0-5 last week. According to Coach Bill Gibson, he was pleased with his team’s effort, regardless of the end score. Paris held the Indians to a single goal in the first half and had a couple of scoring opportunities themselves. A ball that could not be cleanly cleared landed at the feet of an unmarked Montgomery County player and Paris could not defend him quickly enough before he got off a clean shot at the 36th minute mark.
Paris continued to play well for about the first 20 minutes of the second half before the Greyhounds began to suffer a few mental lapses. Before eight minutes was complete, Montgomery County scored four goals. “Three of the four goals were mainly mental breakdowns on marking or positioning,” Gibson said. Paris regained its composure for the remainder of the match and missed two close shots and kept the Indians out of the net.
The Greyhounds finished with its second ten win season and back-to-back winning seasons. Coach Gibson was asked to summarize the year and he had this to say, “I am really proud of our kids and the accomplishments they have made. We had more losses than we would have liked, but to finish with a winning record goes a long way in understanding the work, effort and dedication of our players, fans and school administration. We increased the level of competition this season and our kids responded. We played seven games against teams that are now district champions (2 of those being Montgomery County). Of the other five games, we finished with a scoring differential of only 5-7. This is tangible improvement. I hope our kids understand how far they have come and know that the future is extremely bright for Paris Soccer.”
Although Paris will lose six seniors, four of them being full-time starters, the Hounds will return seven starters and a keeper with plenty of game-time experience. “I am really going to miss our seniors. They are a good group of kids and I know they will all succeed in life. It has been a privilege to have spent time with them on and off the field over the last few years. One of the best memories I have with them is not necessarily on the soccer field, but the time we spent volunteering in West Liberty after the tornado back in the spring. To see how hard they worked and for them to selflessly volunteer their time speaks volumes about their character. It is bittersweet to see them go, but to also know what talent and experience we have coming back and moving up next year, makes me excited for the 2013 season,” finished Gibson.
Paris’ graduating Seniors are Kullen Fryer, Nick Pridemore, Ethan Gibson, Logan West, Taylor Douglas and Jorge Jackson.