By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
Madison Southern (8-2-1) picked up its first district win Wednesday with a 9-0 shutout of Berea Community (2-5) in the Berea Cup.
The final score was not indicative of how competitive the game really was.
The Pirates hung tough with the Eagles through the first half, allowing only a goal by Nick Wallace in the first 20 minutes of play.
But, Southern began imposing its will on the visitors late in the half, getting a goal from Caleb Dunbar and a pair of scores from Daylin Taylor to take a 4-0 lead at the intermission.
Berea coach Casey Pointer said he was pleased with his young team’s effort, especially in the first half.
“The first 20 minutes we had some opportunities. We didn’t do anything with them, but offensively, we are starting to understand the runs we should be making,” Poynter said. “If we had locked down after that first goal we would have been in good shape. If we get to the half at 1-0, it could be a different outcome. But we’ve come a long way and we’re not done yet. We have a lot of games coming up that we are capable of winning.”
In the second half, the Eagles were in complete control.
Taylor’s third goal of the game came eight minutes into the second half and made it 5-0. Tanner Kidwell added a goal at the 25:15 mark to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead.
Southern coach James Ray emptied his bench from that point, allowing his starters to get a little bit of a break before today’s tough matchup with Boyle County.
Senior Elijah Sexton, who moved from goal keeper to his usual forward spot, put the Eagles on top 7-0, then Zach Davis picked up his first two career goals less than a minute apart with just over four minutes remaining.
Ray said he was happy with his team’s performance, especially his younger players.
“We played smart and were patient tonight. We kept the ball when we needed to keep it and at times when we had an opportunity to float a ball on the back line and stretch them, we did a good job of that, so I couldn’t be happier,” Ray said. “Our young guys put in a lot of work also and they did a good job tonight of keeping the ball when they were out there. There was no drop off, so I’m very happy with the effort when we did sub.”
Both Berea and Southern will be back in action today in the Berea Cup. Berea takes on Western Hills at Berea City Park at 8 p.m.
Ray said he expects a battle from Boyle County.
“Boyle is going to be a tough matchup. They are a stout team that presses, plays high and attacks. If we don’t come out ready to play they will put a couple on us in a hurry,” Ray said.
The Eagles will play the Rebels at 6 p.m. on the Southern soccer field.