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LOUISVILLE – Almost three weeks after knocking off the No. 1 team in the state, the Collins boys’ soccer team had a shot at No. 2 Monday night.
But host Trinity topped the Titans, 2-0, at Marshall Stadium in a matchup of the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in the Kentucky High School Soccer Coaches Association Top 25.
“We made a couple mistakes, and they capitalized on them,” said Collins Coach Scott Cress, whose Titans knocked off then-No. 1 St. Xavier, 2-1, on Sept. 17. “And we couldn’t capitalize on theirs.”
Last year Collins beat the then-No. 2 Shamrocks, 1-0. On Monday night Trinity (12-2-1) tallied goals in the 19th and 73rd minutes to avenge that loss.
Near the midway point of the first half Collins (11-2-2) had a mix-up in its back line of defense, allowing Shamrock senior forward Kobie Qualah to take a feed from Sam Stockton and put a shot past Titans keeper Paul Miller.
The tightly contested, evenly played match remained 1-0 until late.
Trinity tacked on an insurance goal (when Drew Goetz converted Greg Fischer’s free kick) with 7:43 to play after Collins committed a foul just outside of the penalty area.
Things got testy in the final minutes, especially after a hard foul on Collins senior forward Jeff Cook. The match itself featured nine yellow cards, including seven (one of those on Coach Dale Helfrich) against the Shamrocks.
“We outshot them in the second half; it was close in the first half [too],” Cress said.
The Titans, however, couldn’t convert on any of their chances.
“Ours will start falling, hopefully,” Cress said.
Collins, which hosted 14th-ranked North Oldham on Tuesday night, plays at Kentucky Country Day at 6 p.m. Thursday.