By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
The Corbin Redhounds’ Adam Lawson scored a goal four minutes into the game against South Laurel and his team never looked back during their 1-0 district win over the rival Cardinals Tuesday.
The win improved Corbin to 3-3 on the season, while South Laurel dropped to 1-6.
Corbin coach Armando Cima said he was happy his team picked up the win, but felt like his players could have played a better game.
“Any district win is a good win,” he said. “Obviously, we didn’t play our best game tonight. This is the worst game we’ve played the entire season.
“We took a lot of shots that weren’t shots and obviously, I felt like we should have finished more shots,” Cima added.”I guess we were wanting to try and put in that final blow.”
But it never happened.
Corbin had numerous chances to extend its lead throughout the first half, but came up short.
“We can definitely learn from this,” Cima said. “Our boys are not happy with their effort, but they’re happy with the win.
“We need to have a better understanding of what our game plan is,” he added.
South Laurel coach Harmon Hodge credited Corbin for playing hard and winning the game, but said he was happy with his team’s effort.
“They scored a very nice goal early and it held through the entire game,” he said. “I’m happy with the way we played. I thought we settled down after the first 30 minutes.”
Hodge admitted his team was fortunate to be in the game after having three starters miss the game’s first 20 minutes.
“We were fortunate to only be trailing by one goal, though,” Hodge said. “The first 20 minutes they had six good chances to score.
“Corbin is a very good team,” he added. “But we can play with this team. We know we can. It’s encouraging. It really is.”
The Redhounds continued their dominance in the second half, but still came up short on the scoring end.
Connor Holland barely missed on two header opportunities at the 28:56 mark and the 27:26 mark in the second half.
“I told the boys at halftime that you can look at teams and say that Team A is better than Team B, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to play it out on the field,” Cima said. “This was a good win and we can take this game and learn from it.”
Corbin will be back in action Saturday at home against Madison Southern.
Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
South Laurel will play Thursday on the road against district foe Middlesboro.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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