Make it an even dozen for the Madison Southern boys soccer team.
The Eagles are riding a 12-game winning streak after defeating Somerset 3-1 Thursday.
After the first five games of the season, the Eagles (13-3-1) were two games under .500 and had been outscored 12-4. Since then, Southern hasn’t.
The difference in those games?
Southern coach Ron Horn said it’s confidence.
“They’re developing some confidence and they understand there are some games you’re supposed to win and there’s going to be games you’re going to have to step up to play,” he said. “And that’s I told them I want to be at the end of the year. So far it’s working out and making me look good as a coach.”
The first half against Somerset (11-5) was a slow start for a Southern team that has scored 19 goals in its last three games. Neither team could break through, but the Eagles outshot the Briar Jumpers 10-0.
“We possessed the ball probably 95 percent (of the half),” Horn said. “We just made a few minor adjustments at halftime. I told them not to press, not to get excited about it, that it would come. And when we got one, we would probably get one or two more.”
As slow as the first half was, the second was a stark difference. The two teams combined for four goals.
Just 40 seconds into the half, Ryan Baker got one in off the hands of the Jumper keeper. Tony Santiago got credit for the assist.
Six minutes later, Brent Ramsey knocked in a rebound to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
The Jumpers split that lead in half when they scored with 28 minutes left to play.
Just a minute later, Santiago hit a rocket that struck the crossbar.
Adam Miller got the third goal for Southern when he put in a header off a corner kick from Ramsey with 23 minutes left.
The domination continued for Southern, which outshot the Jumpers 10-3 in the second half.
The Eagles have two games left on the schedule and both are home games. Southern takes on North Laurel (1-9) Tuesday and Corbin (6-6-1) on Oct. 7.
Berea falls at Mercer
The Berea Community boys soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision at Mercer County Thursday night.
Mercer (8-4-1) snapped a two-game losing skid with the win. The Pirates (4-8-3) ended the two-game road trip with a 1-1 record.
The Pirates return home Tuesday when they welcome Marion County (6-8-3) at 6:30 p.m.