Wednesday, November 03, 1999

St. Henry earns spot in state semis

Routs Somerset 4-1 with strong second half

Enquirer Contributor

        St.Henry advanced to within two wins of the Kentucky Boys Soccer Championship by winning the Section 4 title Tuesday night in Wilder.

        After failing to maintain their attack in the first half, the Crusaders came out in the second half to put Somerset away, winning 4-1.

        “In the first half, we were narrow on the left side of the field,” said Crusader coach Tim Dressman. “We practice two-touch play, but in the first half, all we did was dribble.”

        The weather slowed St. Henry early. The Crusaders played with the rain driving into their faces and the wind blowing across to the left half of the field.

        Six minutes into the second half, the Crusaders were able to get on the board when David Schmidt's cross deflected off a Somerset player. Andy Powers was right there to blast it into the net.

        St. Henry then scored three more goals in the next 16 minutes.

        “Our goals come easier after we score the first one,” Powers said.

        The Crusaders made it a two-goal advantage when David Vissman powered in a shot off a Seth Dressman cross 13 minutes into the second half. Eric Kleiman then chipped a ball over Somerset goalkeeper Matt Washan that bounced into the goal off the far post with just over 22 minutes left to make it 3-0.

        A header from Sho Kojima off a Chris Hegge cross closed out the St. Henry scoring.

        The Briar Jumpers managed just three shots in the contest. However, St. Henry's streak of four straight shutouts was snapped with just under seven minutes to play when JoJo Adams found the back of the net off a pass from Lucas Hamilton.

        St. Henry had several good scoring chances in the first half. Keith Jones hit a long shot off the crossbar and an offsides call stopped another excellent scoring chance.

        With the win, St.Henry advances to the state semifinals Thursday at Georgetown College. Dressman was thrilled, despite his team's attempt to pour a cooler of ice on his head.

        “I'm really very happy for the kids and for the school,” he said.

        Powers knows playing in the semis will require a nearly perfect effort.

        “Every minute and every second of the game has to go well,” the senior co-captain said. “We can't slack at all.” Scoring: SO-Adams. SH-Powers, Vissman, Kleiman, Kojima. Records: SO 15-10; SH 19-4.


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