By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Colonel soccer team is getting healthy at the right time and it’s paying big dividends.
Bosko Cupac’s squad captured their third win in a row by coming from behind to defeat Oneida Baptist Tuesday, 4-2.
“We have finally got everyone back and it’s really paying off for us,” Cupac said. “Even thought we fell behind, we did not quit and that is what we have been telling them.”
Oneida Baptist jumped out to a 1-0 lead during the 21st minute thanks to a goal from Michael Negussie, but it didn’t take long for Whitley County to respond, as Dakota Nantz’s goal two minutes later tied things up at one apiece — and that’s when things got interesting.
Mountaineer coach Scott Self wasn’t pleased with what he had seen with his starters and replaced him with his subs.
It didn’t take Whitley County (4-5-1) long to take advantage of the situation, as the Colonels scored two goals with less than two minutes remaining in the first half to take a commanding 3-1 lead.
“As a coach, I treated their substitutions the same, but I believe a spark went off in my players’ heads and they got hungrier,” Cupac said. “We were able to score the two goals late and those were important. We are playing very good soccer right now.”
Whitley County put the game out of reach at the 53rd minute after a header by Hunter Keltner reached the back of the net.
“We did not quit tonight,” Cupac said. “We are a young team and all of the pieces are starting to come together to complete the puzzle.
“We are capitalizing on team’s mistakes and that is a sign of a good team,” he added. “I told the players to not quit and play through the game and they are doing that.”
The Colonels will be back in action Thursday on the road against Middlesboro.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
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The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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