The Tigers broke open a 1-1 halftime tie with three goals in about 10 minutes
The Fern Creek High School boys’ soccer team put in a strong bid for a top-25 ranking with a decisive 5-1 victory over visiting Male on Tuesday evening.
The Tigers (7-0), the Sixth Region champions the past two years, broke open a 1-1 halftime tie with three goals in about a 10-minute period (the scoreboard clock was not working) early in the second half.
“We should have had three goals in the first half,” Fern Creek coach John Pedro said. “At halftime we told the kids what to do and they executed it perfectly in the second half. It was fun to watch. We wanted to put pressure on their back line and exploit our opportunities to score with our speed. We wanted to proceed with as fast a pace as we could.”
Junior forward Issac Koryor scored two of goals in the second half, including an unassisted score that put the Tigers up 2-1.
“I pressured the ball from the defender and took the shot,” Koryor said. “We played the way our coach teaches to play. We’ve been training all year for the teams we play.”
Male, a Seventh Region school, beat Fern Creek 3-1 in the 2013 opener, but this time the Bulldogs (7-4) were without three starters who were suspended from school, coach Chris Barron said.
“We were not mentally prepared to play,” said Barron, whose team won the John Hardin Bulldog Cup last weekend by beating Graves County 2-0, Madisonville 2-0 and John Hardin 2-1. “We were outplayed and outhustled. They wanted it more than we did.”
Koryor’s second goal came on a header after he took a cross from the left side of the field by Ali Abdirahman to hike the score to 4-1. Abdirahman, a senior midfielder, scored Fern Creek’s first goal from close in on the left side of the net.
“Ali is very fast and a talented player,” Pedro said. “He was the difference in the game. We want to use his speed to exploit the wide areas and let him take defenders one on one.”
Male sophomore midfielder Trevor Bray tied it with a shot from 10 yards in front of the net.
Fern Creek raised its lead to 3-1 when Jamison Edwards scored off an assist from Secou Drame. Junior forward Kornell Hilliard made it 5-1 by putting the ball in the net from the right side.