TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

October 31, 2012

Redhounds come through on coach's lofty expectations

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

Entering the 2012 season, Corbin Redhound soccer coach Armando Cima got himself in a little bit of hot water regarding a statement he made to a few of his players’ parents.

The situation wasn’t made into a huge ordeal since the comment came in during an everyday conversation, but Cima said he could tell some of them were a little worried about what he had said when the veteran soccer coach told them he expected this year’s squad to advance to the round of the final eight in the KHSAA State Soccer Tournament.

Fast forward about two months and Cima’s expectations were turned into reality as he led the Redhounds to their deepest postseason run in the program’s history. After Saturday’s loss to the state’s top-ranked team, the St. Xavier Tigers, Cima said he was extremely happy with the 2012 campaign and gave all the credit for the deep run to his players.

“Those were expectations I had at the beginning of the year and one of the parents that I talk to all the time had asked me if I thought it was a good idea,” he said. “From his perspective it was a way for some of the other teams in the area to gain some motivation when they play us.

“Most people who know me will know that I didn’t mean it from a arrogant standpoint, but it was more of a call out to my own players to let them know that this is what we should aspire to,” he added. “I think that’s important to do with kids because you have to have expectations of them. They responded very well to it, so I’m pleased with the outcome of that.”

The Redhounds started the season red hot, scoring 24 goals in their first four matches as they started the season with a 4-0 mark. A loss to Madison Southern snapped Corbin’s unbeaten streak, but Cima’s squad recovered to win four of the next five contests to improve to 8-2 at that point.

That’s when things got a little rocky for the Redhounds, thanks to a few injuries to key players and a few more not being in the best shape possible.

“It was a rough season as far as having to make adjustments to some injuries,” Cima said. “We had some players who weren’t at the top of their health toward the end of the season and in the beginning of the district tournament, so it was a difficult time for us.

“But the kids battled back and fought for what they wanted, so I thought it was a huge accomplish to reach that goal considering some of that stuff,” he added.

As for next season, the Redhounds will officially lose 17 seniors to graduation. As far as playing time, many of them saw a significant amount, but what may be even harder to account for is the leadership they brought to the field.

“The seniors played a lot this year and especially toward the postseason,” Cima said. “We started 10 seniors with only one underclassman toward the end, so we’re putting a brand new team on the field next season.

“The good news is that it’s a very good team and I’m optimistic about that because we have a big junior class to fall back on,” he added. “I really think the experience some of these kids gained this season will go a long way over the next year or so, but there are some great personalities in this departing class that will be tough to replace as well.”

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0421 nlhs Makayla Vires.jpg Lady Redhounds roll past Whitley

    The Corbin Lady Redhounds exploded for 11 runs in the first inning, and never looked back during their 13-0 rout of 50th District foe Whitley County.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tri-County Wrap-Up

    The Whitley County Colonel tennis team picked up a win over Clay County, but the Lady Colonels dropped their match with the Lady Tigers this past week.

    April 24, 2014

  • 0331 Fear Les Diamond Ratings.jpg Fear 'Les' Diamond Rankings

    The Lady Jaguars continue to show they’re going to be tough to beat.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0423 chs Peyton Buford.jpg Two-for-Two

    After losing four straight games just two weeks ago, the Corbin Redhounds have bounced back to win seven of their last eight, including back-to-back district wins over the South Laurel Cardinals.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roberts steps down as Corbin volleyball coach

    Her time at the helm of the Corbin Lady Redhounds volleyball program may not have been a very long one, but the past three years have been successful for Liberty Roberts.

    April 23, 2014

  • Williamsburg, Corbin bring home SEKC track titles

    The Corbin High School boys track team brought home a first place finish at the Southeast Kentucky Conference (SEKC) meet at Knox Central, finishing with a team score of 152.

    April 23, 2014

  • Lady Cards cruise past Southwestern, 11-1

    The red-hot South Laurel Lady Cardinals keep rolling along, winning their ninth game in a row by upending visiting Southwestern Tuesday, 11-1, in six innings.

    April 23, 2014

  • 0422 nlhs Olivia Miller.jpg North No-No

    Mikayla Vires continues to mow down opponents as she recorded a no-hitter during North Laurel’s 10-0 rout of Somerset Tuesday.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook
SEC Times-Tribune