Passing has been the focus in practice for Western Hills’ boys soccer team and it was on display Thursday night.
“That’s what we’ve been working on in practice and coach told us to work on that,” Austin McClease said.
Western Hills defeated Owen County, 9-0, in the Rotary Capital City Classic at Sower Soccer Complex.
“I liked the fact we tried to play the right way,” said WHHS head coach Emmanuel Nfor. “In games like that you can start seeing players create bad habits that they normally wouldn’t do.
“We just wanted to emphasize letting the ball do the work, the movement off the ball being the key, making sure we were really supporting each other.”
Corey Rogers scored the first goal for the Wolverines less than three minutes into the game. He scored two more before the 20-minute mark in the first half and connected for the first goal in the second half for a total of four.
“We felt if his game elevated then he would elevate the team to another level,” Nfor said. “He has taken on that role and continues to elevate his game day by day.”
Scoring the other goals for the Wolverines were McClease, Seth Pickard, Lucas Goss and Hayden Hoover. There was also an own goal in the match. There were three assists on the night, coming from Grayson Arnold, Keenan Jones and McClease.
“We consistently kept letting the ball work for us and letting the game come instead of trying to force it, being patient in the final third,” Nfor said.
Nfor was also pleased with the play of the bench players.
“When they went in they did the stuff we were asking which shows they are ready to come off the bench and not have the level of play drop off,” Nfor said. “That’s what we want. We want to be able to make subs, the other team look and not be able to tell what the difference is. I thought they did that well.”
Western Hills will face Franklin County 8 p.m. Saturday in the championship game of the Classic.
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