WILLIAMSBURG — South Laurel’s 49th District matchup with Whitley County was called with less than three minutes remaining due to darkness as the Cardinals held a 4-1 advantage. It was not known at deadline if the game would be finished at a later date or result in a Cardinal win.

Ben House, Zach Smart and Clayton Stacy each scored in the first half to give the Cardinals a commanding 3-0 lead while Cody Crawford scored the Colonels’ lone goal in the second half.

“It was a very exciting match. I felt like my team started strong, stayed disciplined and controlled the tempo most of the match,” South Laurel coach Joey Marcum said. “We were up 2-0 when we had a lightning delay. We came back out and picked up another goal before half from a penalty called in the box. Then during the second half, they came out really hard and fast and we were called for a hard foul in the box and they scored on a PK.

“I’m really proud of Tucker Little, our goalkeeper. He blocked a PK, they got a rebound shot and he deflected that one as well,” he added. “We picked up one more when Quinn Rison scored on a cross from Will McCowan.”

Despite seeing his team control the match throughout, Marvin said he was impressed with Whitley County’s play.

“They have made some significant changes since we scrimmaged them in the preseason,” he said. “They have speed, strength and play with a lot of heart. I was pleased with my defense and midfield tonight. Isaac Schneider, Quinn Rison and Ben House really moved the ball well tonight and kept control of the middle of the field.

“We did a much better job staying connected and attacking as a team,” he added. “We were patient and didn’t try to force the ball. We let the match build and then made better decisions about shooting the ball. We still need to work on finishing shots as I felt like we missed some good scoring opportunities.”

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