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Soccer regional begins Monday at Oldham

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By Todd Martin

The SCHS boys' soccer team found out Thursday night what team it will play in the regional soccer tournament, but Coach B.J. Andriot said he's not worried.

"I think we'll be fine, no matter who we play," he said. "We'll come out ready on Monday."

The Rockets (8-6-4) will face the winner of last night's Eastern (10-5-1)/Christian Academy of Louisville (13-4) game on Monday at Oldham County High School, but the game times have not been set.

Andriot said the Rockets and Colonels should be favored to meet again in the championship. Oldham topped Shelby, 2-0, to win the 16th District on Wednesday, and beat the Rockets, 3-1, on Sept. 9 at Oldham County.

"I think it [the region champ] will be either us or them," he said. "Oldham has to be the favorite right now, but regardless of who we play Monday, I think we'll come away with a win. [Oldham] has beaten us twice, but it's hard to beat a good team three times."

The Rockets played Eastern on Oct. 9 in Middletown and lost, 3-2, but Andriot is very confident if Shelby sees the Eagles again.

"We didn't play Bradley [Shuck] or Tyler [Whitehouse because of injuries], and we played with 10 men most of the game [because of a red card], and we still exploited their defense all night," he said. "Christian Academy is a good team with some good athletes, but if we come out and defend well, I think we can handle them."

Andriot said he gave the team yesterday off to rest, after playing three games in three nights and the emotion of Tuesday's semifinal win over North Oldham the team deserved it.

"The guys needed a night off, but once we get a couple of practices in and work on a couple of things we'll be ready," he said. "I think we could've pulled off that Oldham County game [Wednesday], but we made a couple of mistakes and came out flat. We're going to be ready to play on Monday, and I think we're right there with a great shot at the [region] title."