Accuracy versus focus.
Those are the two very different itineraries the Southmont and Crawfordsville boys soccer teams faced Saturday morning.
Jeremiah Corbin scored just 1:29 into the game on a soggy Athenian Field and CHS beat South 1-0 to claim the county championship.
CHS coach Dan Durrwachter wants his team to prepare for each game, but know what is coming down the road.
“We knew it was going to be a wet field and we knew it was going to be hard,” Durrwachter said. “Positives, I told them, we are county champions and we got our 10th shutout. Other than that rest is negative. We’ve been practicing a long time now. We should be able to do the little things.”
South’s feistiness kept the Mounties in the match. Most of the second half was played in the South offensive end, but passing and shot accuracy plagued the Mounties.
“We’ve been working a lot on bringing the ball out of the air, settling the ball,” South coach Brandon Rash said. “We have a couple freshmen that are really stepping up and we’re getting ready for sectionals.”
CHS (10-4, 3-3 Sagamore Conference) closes regular season play Thursday hosting Danville and Saturday at Heritage Christian. Players and coaching staffs preached spacing and working the ball on the ground during this game.
“We’re not just preparing for this game or sectionals,” Durrwachter said. “We have to be ready for experienced teams like Guerin Catholic who can pass and possess the ball.”
South (2-6-1, 0-4) finishes the regular season Tuesday at Danville and Thursday at Western Boone.
“This was a good game,” Rash said. “That first goal we just got beat over the top on defense.”