By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
The Whitley County Colonels were one point away from heading to the 13th Region tournament, but after losing to Corbin on penalty kicks, the Colonels’ season came to an end with a record of 8-7-2.
Despite the early exit from postseason play, Whitley County coach Bosko Cupac said the progress his team made throughout the season was very pleasing to him and that he expected even better things next season.
“I was very, very pleased with our season and how things went,” Cupac said. “It was really a lot like a roller coaster for us in the fact we had a lot of ups and downs, but it was fun also.
“We started out really slow, but I never questioned our guys,” he added. “Once you lose three or four matches in a row, you have to look at yourself as a coach and see what needs to change and we did that.”
The Colonels dropped five of the first six matches of the season, but were able to recover nicely. After a loss to South Laurel, Cupac’s squad rattled off four straight wins to improve their record to 5-5-2.
After a loss to Southwestern, Whitley County knocked off Berea and Clinton County to finish the regular season winning four of its last five regular season contests before dropping the 3-2 decision to Corbin in the 49th District Tournament.
“We made a lot of progress throughout the course of the season,” Cupac said. “We lost on penalty kicks to a very good Corbin team that wound up playing in the final eight of the state tournament. I think that says a lot for our kids.
“We were very close to where we want to get to and I think with some more time and hard work, we can get there,” he added.
The good news for Cupac is that he only lost a fraction of the talent compared to last season’s departing senior class. At the end of the 2011 season, the Colonels said goodbye to 12 seniors. This season they lose only four. Cupac said that number alone would go a long way in helping his team.
“When you think about losing 12 seniors, that’s a pretty big number,” he said. “With us just leaving four, we’ll have a lot of experience coming back and that is big when you talk about high school soccer.
“Like I said, I am really happy with our kids and what they did this year and I look forward to doing even better next season,” he added. “You have to look forward to bigger and better things if you expect them to happen and that’s what we’re doing.”