By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN — Corbin head coach Armando Cima knew a win over North Laurel Thursday would lock up the top seed in the upcoming district tournament, but he didn’t want his team to focus on the fact.
Instead he told them that if they focused on the quality of soccer they were going to play, the rest would work itself out.
“I really stressed to our guys that we didn’t really need to focus on an opponent as much as we needed to continue to play our style of soccer and keep doing what we do well,” Cima said.
It turned out he was right because not only was he pleased with his team’s effort, when all was said and done his Redhounds had picked up the 2-0 win and improved to 3-0 against 49th District opponents.
“We did a good job of moving the ball and keeping things moving like we wanted them to move and it paid off with a win,” Cima said. “We did some things like passing the ball well and we stayed active, which is always a good thing to do.
“I also thought our kids communicated very well, which is something we have worked on since the start of the season,” he added. “We didn’t do a very good job of talking while moving the ball in the early stages of the season, so it’s good to see our kids getting better in that aspect of the game.”
Lucas Canineu led the way for Corbin, tallying both of the Redhounds goals in the win. Canineu’s first score came with just over a minute gone by in the first when he punched the ball in off a pass from Alex Thompson to put Corbin on top, 1-0.
The second goal came with 6:30 to play in the opening half when he found the net from 25 yards out to extend Corbin’s lead to 2-0 at halftime.
The 2-0 lead may have been Corbin’s worst enemy according to Cima, who said his team got a little bit too comfortable in the second half of play.
“I think we could have probably scored a few more goals, but our guys got a little bit lazy and comfortable,” Cima said. “We need to work on finishing things off when we get a lead like that, but that’s just one more thing for us to work on.
“Hopefully we can continue to play well because I feel like we’re playing some of our best soccer right now as a team,” he added. “All you can ask for is continued improvement out of your kids and that’s what we’re looking for.”
Corbin will return to action Saturday when it travels to Letcher County Central for a 5:30 p.m. game.
Redhounds pick up district's top seed with 2-0 home win over North Laurel
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
- Local Sports
It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
- 13th Region Tournament Schedule
Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Sunday Best