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In a game marred by violent conduct the Henry County Wildcat soccer team pulled out a 2-0 victory over the Owen County Rebels for a regular season sweep.
The game ended early as both teams and officials agreed not to continue after a third red card was issued against the Rebels.
Wildcats defender Isaac Steverson sustained a bloody nose and lip after he was pummeled by a Rebel player following a slide tackle.
Earlier Gavin Jameson was hit in the head and face by a Rebel defender who was also red-carded.
A third player was issued a red card for a second yellow card after arguing with officials.
The Wildcats scored both of their goals on penalty kicks. The first was scored by Jacob Buckley after a penalty had been awarded for a foul in the penalty box about midway through the first half.
The second was scored by Gavin Jameson late in the second half after another foul in the box.
“Their was a lot of physical play,” coach Bobby Jameson said. “I’m proud of our kids for not fighting back. They showed a lot of self-discipline. We had most of the possession and had a lot of shots on goal but we only scored on the penalties.”
The win gave Henry County the second seed for district tournament with a 3-3 district record. Owen and Gallatin tied for third in the district with 2-4 records. Owen won a coin flip, making them the third seed. They will play the Wildcats at 8 p.m. Tuesday, on Henry County’s field.
Carroll County, the top seed, will take on Gallatin County Monday at 8 p.m.
HCHS 0 Carroll County 5
Henry County hosted the Carroll County Panthers on Oct. 1 and were down early due to a penalty kick.
A handball in the penalty box by the Wildcats gave the Panthers the free kick and they put it away with a good strike from the spot to the lower left corner. After 15 minutes of even play the Cats were in a one-goal hole.
Jacob Buckley had an opportunity to even the score just 30 seconds later on a free kick from just outside the box. Buckley got the shot on target, but the Panthers’ goalkeeper made the save.
The teams played evenly with both having a couple of scoring opportunities before Carroll finally broke through with a second goal at the 12:02 mark.
The Panthers got the goal from close range after the Wildcats were unable to clear the ball from in front of their own net.
The Panthers struck again four minutes later when the right winger crossed the ball into the middle and the ball was struck on one touch from the top of the box into the top right corner of the goal. Henry County goalkeeper Coleton Aneszko had no chance at the laser-like shot.
In the second half the Panthers added two more goals on a penalty with 24:32 left and then a goal from the right wing on a breakaway goal as Henry County was caught out while trying to attack and get back in the game.
“We played alright,” Jameson said. “Their top player, striker Michael Hall, didn’t hurt us because we focused on stopping him. He had a goal on a penalty kick but that was it. Their wings killed us. We couldn’t stop everything.
“We moved the ball on them but we just couldn’t get it in the goal. They concentrated on stopping one of our top scorers and by doing that they threw us off of our game.”