By Chris Parsons
The Whitley County Colonels were without head coach Bosco Cupac during Monday's match against visiting Madison Southern and assistant coach Jeremy Lake said Cupac's absence may have played a role in the 8-0 loss to Madison Southern.
Whitley County fell behind early in the match, but Lake said he felt like the early goals were the result of misfortune on his team's part.
"We played really good in the first half and I feel like the goals they scored were just bad luck on our part," he said. "They could have gone either way, but we just couldn't get the breaks is what it came down to."
After giving up the three goals in the first half, Lake said he felt like the Colonels were ready to make a run after halftime, but the exact opposite happened.
"We just fell apart defensively in the second half and that's just not like our team," he said. "Typically, we are a second half team and we're usually able to make a run or at least score a few goals, but we couldn't do anything today.
"Madison Southern is a very technical team and they do a lot of things well and it showed tonight," he added. "We really wanted to get a win for coach Cupac since he wasn't here and I think our mindset was right, we just fell apart in that second half."
Cupac's absence was due to a red card in a previous match. KHSAA rules require a coach to sit out a match if he receives a red card.
Next up for the Colonels is a match-up against South Laurel on Thursday. Lake said Whitley County will be ready for the match despite Monday's loss.
"This South Laurel match is a good rivalry match for us and we've been working toward getting better so we can compete with teams like them," Lake said. "Our kids have to get it in their head that they have got to play hard from the first whistle to the last whistle.
"You can't afford to have any letdowns at any point in a match, especially against a team like South Laurel," he added. "They are a solid team and they will play us tough, but we've had some chances to play with them in the past games."
Thursday's match is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m. at Whitley County.
By Chris Parsons
- Local Sports
The South Laurel Lady Cardinals escaped with a 4-3 victory over the Corbin Lady Redhounds after an exciting play at the plate that secured them the win.
Jaguars split home contest with Middlesboro
The North Laurel boys and girls tennis teams had mixed results when Middlesboro paid a visit.
For the third time in a row the Corbin Redhounds were winners on Thursday night, this time defeating the Barbourville Tigers 8-0 in 13th Region basbeball action.
South Laurel picks up 9-4 win over Panthers
South Laurel’s Braden Miller came through in a big way during the Cardinals’ 9-4 win over Knox Central Thursday.
Season taking shape
After seeing some impressive baseball, and softball games this past week, this I know — they’re only a handful of teams that will make a run for both the 13th Region baseball and softball titles.
Ready for Action
Seventy-five years is a long time, but in baseball years it seems like days.
Fear 'Les' Diamond Rankings
The Lady Cardinals have recovered nicely after a loss to North Laurel by defeating Johnson Central, South Oldham and Whitley County.
The North Laurel Lady Jaguars managed to pick up two wins the past couple of days with victories over both Harlan and Rockcastle County while the Jaguar tennis team also picked up a victory over the Green Dragons.
- Smashing Win
- Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Driver's Seat