Greyhound Soccer Program Picks up Two Wins
August 27, 2013Paris High School
Paris Boys Soccer Picks up Two Wins
Paris opened its 2013 high school soccer campaign last Monday against the Saints of St. Patrick. The Greyhounds would connect on an early score when Senior Deantre Landrum picked up an assist on a goal by Junior Andy Smith. At about the 20th minute mark Landrum would get his second assist on the night when playing a directional ball to Junior Michael Frye.
F...rye became the next Paris player to generously distribute the ball to a fellow Hound when he hit a square ball to Junior Halen Stamper who netted the shot. Stamper had a big night as he helped Paris finish the first half scoring with two assists to Smith and Senior Matthew Humphrey.
In the second period, after receiving the ball on a nice pass inside the eighteen, Freshman Rayce Harrison would distribute the ball to Michael Frye for his second goal on the night. Paris found the net about five minutes later, when Senior Blanton Park hit Andy Smith on a nice run towards the edge of the six, who finished his night with a hat-trick.
Paris subbed in its younger players at the 60th minute mark. St. Patrick would put in their only score when a deflection was played behind the Paris back line and a Saint runner was not picked up. The St. Patrick player finished the shot after going one-on-one with the Paris keeper.
Paris finished the scoring on a penalty kick by Blanton Park when Michael Frye was taken down in the box. Sophomore Trenton Clark played 60 minutes without allowing a goal before being subbed out.
Following Monday’s opener, Paris would take on Walton Verona Thursday. Paris started extremely sluggish as evidenced by the fact that Walton Verona took the opening kick-off straight down the middle of the field and scored in the first minute. Paris’ play didn’t improve much as Walton-Verona would score a second goal before the 15th minute mark.
Paris began to get their legs and moved into the Bearcats defending third several times, but could not find a seam to fire off a quality shot. At the 20th minute mark, Andy Smith received a pass and made a move towards the goal when he was fouled inside the eighteen. Blanton Park hit a solid ball in the lower left corner. A short time later, Park would play a ball that found its way to a well positioned Halen Stamper who struck the ball in the goal.
With the match evened up, the Greyhound continued to put pressure on the Walton-Verona Defense. Rayce Harrison was taken down in the box at the 30th minute and Park again made good on his second PK of the game and third of the year. The half would finish with Paris up 3-2.
In the second period, Paris began to even up the number of shots, but slightly missed on several solid opportunities. On one offensive possession, the ball was touched beyond the goal line by Walton-Verona and Andy Smith delivered one of several excellent corner kicks on the evening. The set-piece ended with Blanton Park getting a head on the ball which deflected to the ground, where Halen Stamper would finish his second goal on the evening.
Although Paris won the possession time in the second half, it allowed the Bearcats to score in the last 20 seconds with poor marking on a run. The match ended when Blanton Park played a long ball on the ensuing kick out of the Walton-Verona back corner and time expired.
Paris Coach Bill Gibson said, “I am relatively pleased with our first two matches. I felt like we rushed our possessions a bit against Walton-Verona, but our kids showed a great deal of grit in not throwing in the towel and coming back after a couple of early goals. The nice thing is that we are showing that we can score this year. I think we will continue to develop and solidify our defense. Our assist to goals ratio is very high, which means our kids have a good understanding of ball distribution offensively. We have a ways to go to be a team that can vie for a district championship, but I think we can get there over the next few games.”
The Greyhounds are 2-0-0 and will host Covington Latin on Saturday.
Covington Latin Surprises Paris with Tie
Paris Boys’ Soccer played its third match of the season against the Trojans of Covington Latin on Saturday, August 24th. Although Paris has fielded arguably more talented soccer teams during their last few meetings, they have struggled to win against Latin.
In the first of two matches between the opponents this year, anyone who reviewed the stats would h...ave said Paris won handily. However the score would tell a different story. Paris outshot Latin 17-2 in the first half and 12-3 in the second half. Paris’ possession time was approximately 75% and the Trojans seldom journeyed into the defending third of the Greyhounds while Paris spent a good portion of the game inside their opponent’s eighteen. However, the home team found itself down 0-1 at half.
Although Paris rattled the goalposts on at least four occasions during the first 40 minutes, none of the 17 first half shots found their way into the rectangle. As poor as Paris’ luck seemed to be on the goal scoring end, the Trojans looked as if to have the “Luck of the Irish” on their side. A Latin player took a weak shot that squirted out of the hands of Paris’ keeper and fell into the path of an oncoming teammate who made the score at about the 35th minute mark.
Paris came out in the second half dominating possession time, but could not get a ball to stick in the net on multiple shots. Finally, on the 7th corner kick of the day, Senior Blanton Park headed in a ball delivered by Junior Andy Smith. “Blanton, Garret West and Alex Livingood all had contact with the ball on multiple corners, but they just seemed to sail over the post. After our 25th shot not going in, I felt like we were in the Stephen King book, “Under the Dome”, except we were on the outside trying to get in,” said Paris Coach Bill Gibson.
Neither team would score another goal and the match ended knotted up 1-1. Gibson said, “I think we played well offensively today as far as possession and making connections. We delivered some great balls into the box and had some tremendous crosses back along the six. I thought our defense did its job. We just didn’t close it out, which is disappointing. However, in this game, anything can happen. We will spend our next practice working on finishing.”
Paris’ record is 2-0-1 on the year.