BEREA -- The Madison Central boys soccer team expanded its unbeaten streak to six games on Wednesday with a 4-1 win over cross-county rival Berea Community.
Central coach Ron Horn said the Indians relied on carefully planned substitutions on to keep Central (8-5-4) fresh on the field against a determined Berea (2-10-1).
"It's hard to play back-to-back games," Horn said of the Indians win over Boyle County on Tuesday. "Our starters played a lot in that game and we had to manage the game a little bit different than we normally do. I like the way the guys came off the bench and played. They did very well. We substituted a lot so we could always have fresh legs on the field."
Central needed those fresh legs as the Pirates turned up their defense in the first half and pestered the midfielders.
"It was a good game. Berea kept putting numbers up in front of us and it was a game we had to figure out how to score when they kept dropping in the back to defend us," Horn said.
Berea coach Mitchell Plowman said he was pleased with his team's intensity in the first half.
"We held a very good Madison Central team that just beat the No. 2 team to one goal with eight minutes left in the first half. I'm very proud of how my men played tonight against a good team. It showed what Berea can do when we put our minds to it," Plowman said.
However, the Indians soon found a weak point in the Pirate defense.
Central's Sam Hughes launched a kick from the left corner which Berea goalie Julian Clavere leapt to deflect.
Before the ball could hit the ground, Central's Trent Fornash connected on a header that found the back of the net.
Bolstered by the 1-0 lead, the Indians struck again minutes later off another corner kick from Hughes.
The freshman sent the ball flying right to Jon Gordon, who kicked it squarely into the net to give the Indians a 2-0 lead at halftime.
In the opening minutes of the second half, the Indians once again took advantage of a corner kick to score.
Josh Dluhos played Cohen Kemper's kick in the air and settled the ball before firing it into the back of the net.
However, the Pirates answered just one minute later.
Tare Wilson got Berea on the board when he scored off a deflection from Central's keeper.
"Instead of giving up on the play, he kept pushing and that's the hard work and effort I like to see and that's how you score," Plowman said of Wilson.
The Indians responded by upping their attack and possessed the ball for much of the remaining second half.
Central's final goal came with five minutes left in the match.
Hunter Martin maintained control of the ball and twisted away from a defender and found Gavin O'Shea for the goal.
Central will take on Harrison County at home on Tuesday, while Berea will face North Laurel tonight at home.
Lady Eagles fall
The Madison Southern girls soccer was handed a 4-1 loss at home by Bardstown on Wednesday.
It was the fourth-straight loss for the Lady Eagles (6-6-1).
Rachel Burke scored on an assist from Abby Sheffer.
Southern is set to return to action Monday at Franklin County.