Western Hills’ boys soccer team could have still been flying high after its 2-1 win over Franklin County Tuesday.
Instead the Wolverines (2-0) took care of business Thursday, shutting out Owen County 4-0 in the second round of the Rotary Capital City Classic at Sower Soccer Complex.
“When you open the season against a crosstown rival in such a big game, this is what in basketball they call a trap game,” WHHS coach Daniel Cowan said.
“You have a tendency to let down, but we talked about intensity and work ethic, and they wanted to come out and show they have a good work ethic. I’m really pleased with the way they came out and played.”
Thursday’s game was scoreless until a goal by Cory Johnson with 14:34 left in the first half.
With 4:44 before halftime WHHS’ J.P. Isaacs fired a shot that hit the left post and instead of ricocheting into the goal stopped at the foot of the post.
Austin McClease followed the shot, putting the ball into the net to give Western Hills a 2-0 lead at the half.
Isaacs picked up a goal with 27:51 left in the game after a flurry of shots by the Wolverines right in front of the Owen County goal.
Sri Balaji had the last score of the game when his shot with 16:25 remaining bounced off the post into the net.
“Coach (Emmanuel) Nfor and I talked about how the score doesn’t show what happened in the game,” Cowan said. “I felt like we pretty much dominated every facet of the game.
“We kept possession, played smart. I am really happy with everything.”
Andrew Bates started in goal for Western Hills, and Keegan Dailey came in as keeper in the second half.
The Wolverines’ victory sets up a championship match Saturday against Frankfort High. FHS defeated Franklin County 3-0 in Thursday’s second game, and WHHS and the Panthers are both undefeated in the tournament.
“A big thing with this senior class is they’ve never lost the Capital City Classic,” Cowan said, “and they want to finish their careers winning the Capital City Classic.”
Sower Soccer Complex Franklin Co. vs. Owen Co. 6 p.m.
Western Hills vs. Frankfort 8 p.m.