TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
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.