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If the Collins boys’ soccer team’s 1-0 victory over then-No. 2 Trinity last Thursday night proves anything, Coach Scott Cress said, it’s that the program – like his team has been in the Top 25 this season – is on the rise.
“It’s just showing the direction our program is moving,” Cress said. “Last year, when we beat a top twenty-five team, it showed we were a program on the way up. Now, [beating Trinity], it solidifies we’re a top program in the state.
“We’re not just a one-year wonder. This year we’ve really come into our own.”
The Titans, No. 6 in last week’s state coaches’ poll and No. 5 this week, proved that by shutting out the previously-unbeaten Shamrocks. Trinity (14-1-1) entered the match second in the state in scoring (5.1 goals per match), and having outscored its opponents 77-4 (0.3 goals per match), but Collins flipped the script on the Shamrocks.
“Once we finally got through the initial excitement of, ‘Hey, we’re playing Trinity,’ we played our game, we possessed the ball,” Cress said.
Especially after senior midfielder Walker Andriot entered the match midway through the first half. It didn’t take long for him to have an effect on the match either.
In the 33rd minute Andriot got free in the middle of the field thanks to some help from senior Logan Bailey, who briefly drew the defense’s attention away from Andriot. He got through two Trinity defenders, then launched a shot that landed in the upper right-hand corner of the net.
“It was an incredible play,” Cress said of Andriot’s eighth goal of the season. “He was able to get a rip and put it in past a great goalkeeper.”
The Titans had a good chance to add to their lead in the second half of the second half. With just less than 15 minutes to play, Andriot’s free kick was knocked down but not collected by Trinity goalie Chris Hubbard. Junior Ryan Metcalf was there for the rebound, but his shot sailed over the goal.
“Next time, he won’t miss it,” Cress said.
Collins (13-1-1) controlled the ball for most of the second half until junior midfielder Jeff Cook received a red card, after his second yellow card of the match, forcing the Titans to play a man down for the final 10:41.
Using a no forward formation Collins kept the Shamrocks at bay the rest of the way. Trinity’s best scoring opportunity came with just under four minutes to play. However Collins keeper Brandon Hughes was there to stomach the Shamrock shot and secure the biggest victory in the brief history of the program.
The Titans, who hosted fifth-ranked Western Hills on Tuesday night, host 18th-ranked Kentucky Country at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in their regular-season finale.
V: Collins 1, Trinity 0
CHS goal:Walker Andriot 1.