Paris Gets Historic Win Over Bourbon
September 12, 2013Paris High School
PARIS GETS HISTORIC WIN OVER BOURBON COUNTY 3-2
After starting the year 2-0-1, the Paris Greyhounds improved to 4-0-1 with wins over Covington Latin by a score of 5-0 and Burgin 8-1. However, the Greyhounds found the sledding tough over the next three matches by losing to Boyd County 1-2, Mason County 1-2 and Bishop Brossart (Ranked #16 in the State) 0-7.
Coach Bill Gibson said, “I just didn’t think we played a full game of soccer during our last three games. I’m not sure we played 30 minutes of good soccer in all three games combined. Our intensity level was low and it just seemed, with the exception of a few guys, there was just a general lack of enthusiasm and no real sense of urgency. We made a lot of bad touches on the ball and killed our possessions on bad decisions or missed traps. The defense played relatively well against Boyd and Mason, but we lacked any real offense or quality possession time in both of those outings.”
With the Greyhounds on a three game skid and five straight losses over the three prior years to Bourbon County, the Coach had his concerns about the matchup his team would face on Monday night. Although Bourbon County came into the contest with only 1 win in 8 games, six of their seven losses against quality opponents had been decided by a single goal. Furthermore, the last win Paris Boys’ Soccer had over Bourbon County dated back to 1997 (Paris had no Boys’ Varsity Soccer Program from 1999 – 2009).
During the first 18 minutes of the Paris-Bourbon Co. match, neither team would find the net. However, Bourbon would draw first blood when Axel Willoughby scored on a low ball played to the left corner of the goal on a free kick from about 22 yards out.
It would not take Paris long to even the score when the Hounds had a corner kick at about the 20th minute mark. Paris’ Andy Smith played a perfect volley into the box where Blanton Park would finish with a solid header. Although both teams battled furiously, neither team would score again before the half leaving the score knotted at one all.
In the second period, the Greyhounds would take over the scoring first when Andy Smith was taken down inside the eighteen after he shook a couple of defenders and was headed towards the goal. Park put in his second goal of the evening on the ensuing PK and Paris led 2-1 at about the 48th minute mark.
Both teams had opportunities moving into their attacking third, but the defensive and keeper play for both teams would rise to the occasion. However, momentum seemed to begin to swing Bourbon County’s way as Paris’ possession time began to diminish going into the home stretch.
“I thought we were getting tired and began to drop into a strictly defensive mind set during the last 20 minutes of the match. We were backing down to the 18 and allowing too much quality possession time for Bourbon County in the center third and that cost us the second goal,” said Bill Gibson.
Bourbon would score at the 55 minute mark when Juan Hernandez would fire a shot from 20 yards out just over the finger tips of Paris’ keeper Jamaal Washington and just under the crossbar. A little while later, the Colonels had another shot on goal which was beyond the reach of Washington; however, Paris’ Deantre Landrum would place a saving header on the ball at the goal line. “I don’t know how many people actually saw what happened, but if Deantre doesn’t get a head on that ball, Bourbon County wins the match most likely. It was truly a fabulous defensive play and shows his experience as a senior,” said Gibson.
Without either team managing to score in the remaining minutes, the contest would move into two 5-minute golden goal periods. “When the boys came to the sideline before the overtime period, I told them we had to push back into the center third and create some offensive possession time. If we kept dropping our mid-field line to the 18, we were going to get scored on,” said the Paris Coach.
Both teams had equal possession time during both five minute overtime periods, but neither team would score and the contest moved to a five man penalty kick format. Rayce Harrison, who had scored 4 goals during the prior J.V. match, kicked first for Paris and gave the Hounds the advantage. On the ensuing kick by Bourbon, Jamaal Washington would smother the shot on a tremendous save. Blanton Park made the second kick for Paris, while the second shot for Bourbon went wide. With Paris up 2-0 on PKs, Andy Smith took and made the third shot for Paris and Bourbon’s Axel Willoughby would do the same. With Paris up 3-1 on PKs, Michael Frye would seal the victory by making it 4 for 4 and the Hounds’ festivity would begin as a large contingent of Paris fans came pouring onto the field to celebrate with the team.
When asked about the play of his team and the significance of the victory, the Paris Coach had this to say, “It is obvious what this win means to the program and fans just seeing the rush and celebration on the field. We have labored over the last two years to become relevant in a district where we are the smallest school and this is a big first step for us. I think our defensive play was as close to perfect as you can get with Blanton Park, Deantre Landrum, Demond Dorsey and Isaiah Benson anchoring the back line. I thought Jamaal Washington’s keeper play between the pipes was like a kid who has played this game all his life rather than just two and half weeks. Our offensive guys worked hard to get us into set-piece situations that allowed us to score and the whole team gave everything they had. It will definitely be a match these kids, our fans and us coaches; will carry as memories for the rest of our lives. Coach Woodard has a solid team and I know he will have them ready for district play and hopefully we can meet up in the championship match. That would be great for the community as a whole.”
PARIS J.V. DEFEATS BOURBON COUNTY J.V. 4-0
Paris had more than a varsity win to celebrate. The J.V. played the Colonels J.V. team prior to the varsity match. The evening was very memorable for Freshman Rayce Harrison who scored all four of Paris’ goals.
Harrison began the scoring when he made good on a 25 yard free kick early in the contest. Harrison scored again on a ball played by Geraldo Mendoza at about the 15th minute mark. The “Hat-Trick” was completed when Alex Livingood raced down the touch line before delivering a perfect volley into the box where Harrison waited to put the ball into the frame on a header. The period ended with Paris up 3-0.
During the second half, Paris continued to see a significant possession advantage and Dag Salinas set Harrison up for his 4th goal on the evening which was place into the lower left corner. The Paris defense limited Bourbon County’s shots, but 8th grader Jack Park made two nice saves during the match and is credited with the shut-out.