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Kickers capture Owen Invitational

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By Brian Blair

It is said that defense wins championships. For the Owen County boy’s soccer team it was a pair of shutouts that led to winning the Owen County Invitational on Saturday. The Rebels defeated Spencer County and Walton-Verona to claim the title. The week began with a pair of tough defeats to Sayre and Frankfort. Owen County lost in a shootout to Sayre and dropped a 2-0 decision to Frankfort. The Rebels opened up play on Saturday morning against Spencer County; and Billy Patton opened up the scoring early in the first half to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. With 23:00 minutes to play in the game, Taylor Davis scored off a free kick by Chris Haines to put the home team on top 2-0. A few minutes later, Spencer County had their best chance to score but the shot hit the crossbar. Owen County had several other scoring chances but was unable to put the ball in the net. Rebel’s goalkeeper Justin Davis made a nice save to deny the Bears a goal with 8:00 minutes left to preserve the shutout. In the second game, Walton-Verona dispatched Carroll County to set up a match with the Rebels in the championship game. Against the Bearcats, Matt Becker and Taylor Davis each recorded first-half goals to give the Rebels a 2-0 halftime lead. In the second half, it was more of the same as the Rebels scored three more times to take the 5-0 win. Chris Haines picked up his third assist on the day when he passed to Adam Bruner who scored with 34:30 left in the game. Blake Lewis scored seven minutes later and then assisted on a Taylor Davis goal with 25:00 minutes to play. Justin Davis picked up his second shutout on the day. For Davis, the shutouts were his first since shutting out the Bearcats in the final home game of the season last year. When asked why the team was successful in winning the tournament, the goalie said “We just worked well as a team.” Chris Haines, Blake Lewis, Taylor Davis and Justin Davis were named to the All-Tournament team and Matt Becker was named Most Valuable Player. When asked where the team goes from here, Haines said, “I hope we just keep on winning.” The Rebels will have the chance to keep up their winning ways when they play in the Capital City Classic on Thursday and Saturday in Frankfort. The boys will then play at Conner on Tuesday. Lady Rebels fall short The Owen County Lady Rebels took part in the Capital City Classic at Franklin County. The week began with a 2-0 loss to Frankfort ––although Frankfort had to forfeit the game due to an ineligible player. Owen County then returned to the field on Thursday night when they took on Western Hills. Again, the Lady Rebels were unable to convert on offense and were shutout 1-0. Coach Haines said the team did play better than they did against Frankfort. The final game of the weekend saw Owen County take on Franklin County on Saturday night. The home team took care of the Lady Rebels 10-0. The Lady Rebels returned home and tied Grant County 0-0 before they traveled to Paris on Tuesday. The team will next be in action at home on Tuesday night when they take on Walton-Verona.