Secou Drame's two early goals help Tigers improve to 16-0
Fern Creek’s record in boys’ soccer is still spotless.
Secou Drame, a senior mid-fielder, scored two early goals as Fern Creek improved its record to 16-0 with a 5-2 victory over Whitefield Academy in the 24th District tournament final Thursday night at Bullitt East’s field in Mt. Washington.
Ali Abdirahman, Issac Koryer and Jacob Teasley also scored as Fern Creek repeated as district champion and qualified for a chance to win a third consecutive Sixth Region title in next week’s tournament. Whitefield Academy (14-4-1) also will advance to regional play.
Asked if he is surprised that Fern Creek remains undefeated this late in the season, Tiger coach John Pedro said: “I’m probably one of the few people who isn’t surprised. I knew when these kids were sophomores (two years ago) they would be good. They want to go as far as they can (in the state tournament eliminations) and I want to facilitate the way for them.’’
Despite such a glossy record, Fern Creek — which lost to Trinity in the first round of State last season – is ranked 20th statewide by the coaches. The Tigers’ defense held the Wildcats’ Raul Mata-Pena scoreless after he scored 27 goals in the first 18 games.
“These kids really have matured, but no one believes in us yet,’’ Pedro said. “We didn’t play our best game. We have a good defensive team, but we can play better.’’
Asked if Fern Creek is the favorite for another regional crown, Whitefield Academy coach David Tolle said, “We’re the top two teams in the region, according to statistics. ’’
Fern Creek will play a runner-up team from another district for its first-round foe in the regional. Whitefield Academy will play a winner from another district.
The Tigers only beat Whitefield Academy 1-0 in their regular-season match-up Sept 23, scoring the only goal in the final 15 minutes, according to Tolle. This time, Fern Creek took an early 2-0 lead, thanks to alert play by Drame.
Drame, who now has 10 goals on the season, scored first on a rebound shot with 30:54 left in the first 40-minute half.
Boys’ 24th District
Fern Creek (Secou Drame 2, Ali Abdirahman, Issac Koryor, Jacob Teasley) 5, Whitefield Academy ( Jordan Steele2) 2.
• 22nd District — Butler 6, Iroquois 0: The Bears rode to victory over the Raiders on three goals by Sarah Cornett to win the 22nd District championship. Selenia Perla scored two goals for Butler and Gabby Logsdon added one in the win.
• 23rd District — North Bullitt 10, Bullitt Central 0: The Cougars handled the Chargers on their way to winning the 23rd District championship. Alley Johnson lead North Bullitt with four goals, and Katlyn Andres and Rachel Badgett added three goals each in the win.
• 25th District — Manual 11, Presentation 0: The Crimsons topped the Toppers in the championship game of the girls 25th District tournament. Emma Ekic led Manual with four goals, and Devin Spratt added two in the win.
• 27th District — Sacred Heart 4, Atherton 0: The Valkyries defeated the Rebles to win the 27th District final behind two goals scored by Lauryn Westman. Kiley Polk and Abigail Zoeller each added a goal for Sacred Heart in the Victory.
• 28th District — Christian Academy 2, Ballard 0: Haleigh Fortuna’s goal was enough for the Centurians to win over the Bruins, and take home the championship of the 28th District.
• 21st District — Holy Cross 1, Fairdale 0: Jase Brutchser led the Cougars to a victory over the Bulldogs in a 21st Districct semi-final match-up. Holy Cross moves on the face PRP for the championship Saturday at noon.
• 22nd District — DeSales 4, Iroquois 2: The Colts defeated the Raiders to win the 22nd District championship. DeSales was led by Cody Jones with two goals in the final game of the tournament.
• 26th District — St. Xavier 5, Male 1: The Tigers scored five goals against the Bulldogs to win te 26th District championship. Zack Vittitoe, Clayton Burressm Trent Stigle, Matthew Tapolsky and Bean Mock each score for St. X. in the win..
• 27th District — Trinity 2, Waggener 0: Derek Nasdiger scoreed two goals for the Sahmrocks as they defeated Wildcats to win the 27th District championship.