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Things seemed so promising for the Owen County High School boys soccer team entering last week.
The Rebels had the No. 1 seed and they were hosting the first-ever 31st District tournament between these four schools.
The tournament got underway Oct. 9 with Carroll County thumping Henry County 10-0 in one semifinal.
Taylor Byrd and Brandon Stewart both had three goals to pace the Panthers. Josh McCarty also had a pair of goals in the win.
In the other semifinal, Owen County defeated Gallatin County 4-1.
Austin Collins had two goals while James Marston added a goal and two assists. Victor Perez also scored for the Rebels. Ben Allen went the distance in goal.
The win matched Owen County against Carroll County in the finals on Thursday night. It was the fifth meeting between the two schools this season with the Rebels winning three of the previous four. The only time the Panthers beat the Rebels was on Sept. 11 in Carrollton when they won 2-1.
It didn’t take long for Carroll County to jump out on top.
Just five minutes into the game, McCarty headed in a goal to put the Panthers on top 1-0.
They would maintain the advantage the rest of the half. The Rebels had several shots to even things up but Carroll County goalie Cody Damron brushed them aside.
Despite being down a goal at intermission, the Rebels kept putting shots on goal in hopes that something would eventually find the back of the net.
It would not.
The Panthers continued to get solid defense backed by stellar goalkeeping in the second half and when McCarty scored again with 20 minutes remaining in the game the outcome was sealed.
The Panthers made the 2-0 lead stand up and the Panthers eventually were able to celebrate a 31st District title.
The disappointed Rebel head coach summed up the night.
“The ball just wouldn’t go in the goal,” Jerry Doolin said. “That’s just part of it.”
Three Rebels, John Randell Towles, Devin Ricketts and James Marston were named to the all-tournament team.
The loss dropped Owen County to 13-10 for the season.
By reaching the 31st District finals, the Rebels did earn the right to play in the 8th Region Tournament.
Owen County travelled to Collins Monday night for a first-round game.
A win would mean a trip to South Oldham Tuesday night for the semifinals.
The championship game will be played Thursday night also at South Oldham.