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Experience trumped youthful exuberance Wednesday night.
Playing against the reserves from the state’s winningest men’s college soccer program, the first-year Elizabethtown Community & Technical College Barons fell on the road to the Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders, 6-1.
“Playing a team such as Lindsey Wilson, where they have the experience and players, was an eye opener and a great experience, for our team,” said Barons assistant Angel Hernandez. “In a building year, for us to play a team of this caliber is awesome for us. We will take this game and build on it.”
Lindsey Wilson (1-1-1), which has seven former area players on its roster – Alex McAdams (Meade County), Mickey Clinkscales (Meade County), Mikie DeRossett (Meade County), Tristan Long (Central Hardin), Nikos Mastoroudis (Central Hardin), Zach Page (Central Hardin) and Kyle Weiner (Central Hardin) – scored the first four goals of the game and led the Barons (2-4) by three goals at the half.
“They just moved the ball around all game and kept us running all over the field,” said Barons midfielder Russ Mott, a former John Hardin player who scored a left-footed goal off a cross from former Central Hardin player Judah Thomas.
Barons midfielder Daniel Ruiz said it didn’t help they fell behind early for the second time in four days as well as for the third straight game.
“They were just put together well,” said the former John Hardin standout. “They spaced the ball well and were faster in most positions. Honestly from the first goal, we hung our heads.”
Sophomore midfielder Victor Cortez (Miami) and freshman forward Trae Wells (Taylor County) each had two goals and one assist for Lindsey Wilson, while freshman defenders Leander Zaphariou (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Robbie Breen (Cape Town, South Africa) each had two assists. Junior forward Dillon Clark (Glasgow) and freshman midfielder Jordan Kendall (Frankfort Western Hills) rounded out the scoring for the Blue Raiders.
Breen, Cortez, Wells and Zaphariou come off the bench for the varsity Blue Raiders (10-1), who are the top-ranked team in the NAIA.
UP NEXT: The ECTC Barons play on the road against Asbury University’s reserves (0-3-1) at 7 p.m. Monday.
Nathaniel Bryancan be reached at (270) 505-1758 or email@example.com.