WHITLEY COUNTY -- The Corbin Redhounds are moving on to Thursday night's 49th District Boys Soccer Championship game after picking up a 6-1 win over Oneida Baptist Institute on Tuesday.
Tuesday night's matchup with OBI started out slow but once the Redhounds got going in the second half, they couldn't be stopped.
"I wouldn't say we played our best game or most complete game because it was very frustrating in the first half," said Corbin Coach Armando Cima. "We were very frustrated, our players were very frustrated but all in all we did better in the second half."
Jose Torres found the first and only goal of the first half in the 29-minute mark when he sent the ball sailing past the hands of OBI's goalkeeper to give the Redhounds a 1-0 lead.
"The kids are kind of inexperienced when it comes to finding their own rhythm to play, they kind of play off of their opponent, which is something they hopefully kind of get out of in this postseason," said Cima. "The issue was that OBI was so spread out and so we just kind of felt like we weren't moving enough. They were very spread out and very static in the way they were distributed around the field and so were we."
After what Cima called a frustrating first half, the Redhounds made a change to their offense that finally got scoring going for Corbin.
Brendon Barajas sent a ball in the back of the net in the 47-minute mark to give the Redhounds a 2-0 lead that was soon followed by another goal by Torres off a free kick in the 51-minute mark, giving Corbin a three-goal advantage.
OBI scored a goal in the 60th minute but that goal was soon answered by two back-to-back goals by Torres to give the Redhounds a 5-1 lead.
Cade Moore headed the final goal of the night into the back of the net for the Redhounds off a corner kick in the 65-minute mark, 6-1.
"At halftime we talked about moving the ball more, passing the ball more, trying to bring more people forward because even though you can make a pass forward to somebody who is open, if there's not numbers there is no benefit in it," Cima said. "We started bringing our outside backs into play, started to try to play up the flanks a bit more and get more numbers up and that just opened things up. It was just some smart soccer too -- bringing the ball to the corner and crossing it for one of Jose's goals."
Torres finished with four goals on Tuesday night, while Moore and Barajas each had one goal for the night.
"He's (Torres) obviously a good player -- finishes well and strikes well but it wasn't until we started playing better as a team that he got those opportunities," Cima said of Torres' four goals. "If you look at Jose (Torres), Gabe (Cima) and Nico (Conde) -- they are our three most technical players but in the first half none of them were looking for each other or looking for their teammates. They were all trying to do it themselves and so we told them at halftime that if you make this a one vs. one game, then you're going to let them be in it more. If you make this an 11 vs. 11 game, we're going to win it hands down, so I think that tells the tale."
The Redhounds will be moving on to Thursday night's championship game where Corbin will take on the winner of today's matchup between Whitley County and South Laurel.
"Whoever we get, we'll just focus on what we normally try to do, which is why I think our first half was a little sluggish tonight (Tuesday)," Cima said. "I think we thought too much about the opponent. So while you've always got to consider the opponent, you've got to get in your own rhythm and your own way of play."