By Matt Sparks For The Times-Tribune
ASHLAND When it comes to postseason play, a team needs a terrific defense and great senior leadership to win and advance.
The Ashland Tomcats put both on display on Monday night at Ashland Soccer Complex.
Senior Mackenzie Mulloy scored two goals in the first 10 minutes and assisted on two more as the Tomcats cruised to a 5-1 victory over Corbin in the Semi-State round of the Boys Soccer State Tournament.
Ashland coach Ken Wheeler knows how important it was for his team to get off to a fast start.
“We told the kids, ‘The first 10 or 15 minutes, let’s go out and get a lead then let’s keep attacking,’” Wheeler said. “I’m just really proud of our team.”
The Tomcats jumped out to an early lead with the help of some crisp passing. In the 5th minute, John Pina’s crossing pass found Mulloy in front of the net for the tap-in. A minute later, Mulloy punched in his second goal after senior Robert Wesley weaved his way around some defenders in the box.
After a Jacob Day goal, Ashland (16-8-2) led 3-0 at the half.
“It feels awesome to be in the Elite Eight,” he added.