By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
With a first-place district showdown with Model less than a day away, it would have been easy for the Indians to look past Monday’s game with Berea Community.
But, they didn’t.
Madison Central took care of business, picking up a relatively comfortable 4-1 win over the district rival Pirates in Richmond.
The Indians had a 2-0 lead at halftime, then took out most of their starters.
“They are motivated and they are ready,” Central coach Evan Sutherland said. “They know what tomorrow is. It’s obviously for first place in the district and the No. 1 seed. It’s important to us.”
The Patriots (7-0, 1-0 district) and Central (6-1, 2-0 district) are set to meet today at Model’s field on the EKU campus.
Game time is set for 5 p.m.
It took Central a bit to find the net Monday against Berea, mostly thanks to good goaltending by Trey Terrill. The keeper made several outstanding saves and was extremely busy for the entire half.
“He’s a good keeper,” Sutherland said of Terrill. “He was tough to beat in the opening half. He did a very good job.”
Caleb Crutcher gave the Indians the lead with 16:05 on an assist from Luc Powell.
Seven minutes later, a shot by Dylan Dotson bounced off a Berea defender and into the net.
In the first half, Central out-shot the Pirates, 15-1.
With 26:52 left in the second half, Luke Hall scored off a nice feed from Kestrin Isufi. Ethan Fielder added a goal with 13:29 left.
“We tried to rest some guys and get some younger guys a chance to play in a district game,” Sutherland said. “These guys are going to be coming along in a few years and we are going to need them.”
Derek Castle scored with 6:17 left to get Berea on the board.
Central had 30 shots, many of which were not on net. Addison McCoy had eight shots, while Dotson had five and Grant Willoughby had three.
Ben Durham was in net in the first half for Central and made two save. Levi Knutson was in net in the second half and made four saves.
Worthie McGuire had six blocks for Central.
Berea is set to return to action Saturday against Oneida Baptist in the Berea Cup.
Indians win Stonerside Cup
Both the varsity and junior varsity Madison Central boys soccer teams won their divisions of the Stonerside Cup in Paris on Saturday with wins over Bourbon County.
In the varsity contest, the Indians prevailed 1-0.
In the 22nd minute, Addison McCoy sent a long ball from the back line to Grant Willoughby, who crossed it to Dylan Dotson. Dotson headed the game’s only goal in while on the run.
Central had 19 additional shots on goal, but could not capitalize.
Late in the second half, Bourbon had a chance to score on a penalty kick, but goalie Ben Durham swatted the ball away.
The Indian defense rose to the occasion to help give Durham earn his first shutout of the season.
Defender Tate Renzinbrink had nine blocks and two steals, Chad Barnes had four blocks and two steals, Sammy Perkins had three blocks and two steals and McCoy had two blocks and three steals.
Durham had four saves while in goal.
Senior Addison McCoy was named Most Valuable Player for the tournament.
The junior varsity team remained unbeaten after beating Bourbon, 5-0.
Bryce Fielder had two goals, Alzen Isufi scored, Connor Britton scored, Jackson Gilbert scored on a corner kick by Fielder, and Bryden Allen scored on an assist by Isaiah Owsley.
Worthie McGuire earned the shutout in goal for the Indians.