WHHS wins Rotary Classic

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Scoring a goal in the final five minutes, Western Hills' boys soccer team claimed the championship of the Rotary Capital City Classic Saturday night, beating Owen County 1-0 at Sower Soccer Field.

WHHS' victory, coupled with Franklin County's 6-0 win over Frankfort High Saturday evening, gave the Flyers second place in the tournament.

Western Hills had the Rebels on the defensive most of the game but didn't convert until Tyler Toncray scored off an assist from Allen Sweeney with 4:43 left in the game.

"Allen Sweeney sent a pass from the left wing," Toncray said. "We've been working on back angles all year, and we finally got one. I was wide open, and I placed it at the far post."

That goal proved to be enough for the win. Western Hills went 3-0 in the tournament, winning all three games by one goal.

"I'm beginning to think this team is a 12-rounder," WHHS coach Gary Rue said. "They keep punching away for 11 rounds and then put them away in the 11th.

"We played well, but we just couldn't put the ball in the net," he added. "The other team had a lot to do with that. The improvement Owen County has made is tremendous. Coach Jerry Doolin has done a wonderful job with them and he's got a team of players, not just a couple."

But it was a couple of players - Dustin Downey and Chasse Clark - who have been Owen's biggest offensive threats in this tournament.

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