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LEXINGTON - Nearly every year, a Floyd County-based team goes to the Bluegrass State Games to play soccer, despite having no local school program to support its efforts. Nearly every year one or more of these same teams returns with medals. This year it was a U14 Warriors team that took a hard-earned silver medal in the recreational league division. The Warriors achieved their success with every imaginable method of play.
For the Warriors, the first game was a shutout win over a very capable Vine Grove team. Goalkeepers Daniel McCarty and P.J. Collins, along with their defensive mates, Thomas Cybriwsky, Adam Kimbler, Corey Mollett and Christian "The Hulk" Smith shut the door. Zach Hughes, who may have shown the most courage throughout the tournament in a weekend when there was plenty of heart shown by the locals, supplied the only goal needed with a first half indirect kick. Ethan Filowiat and Luke Greene rounded out the scoring for the Warriors with three and two second half goals respectively, to make the final 6-0.
Playing with only one substitute against a Northern Kentucky Saints team with what seemed to be unlimited numbers, the Warriors won their second game of the day by a score of 4-1. Nick Banks, Greene, Collins and McCarty provided the goals. As always, Josh Holbrook dominated the midfield, supported by the prettiest and smartest Warrior, Brittany Collins, and the gutsy Hughes, who played despite injured knees.
The Warriors entered the medal round on Sunday as the top qualifier. In a hard-fought game, they defeated the Northern Kentucky Soccer League entry by a score of 2-1. McCarty manned the goal the entire game and was outstanding. Greene's goal-scoring run to tie the game at one-all was a highlight worthy of airing on ESPN SportsCenter. Banks scored the game-winner on a heads-up play that capped a great tourney by the 13-year-old striker. Again the defense was great, as Smith hustled to stop a sure goal after the NKSL striker evaded McCarty's aggressive effort to grab a loose ball in the box.
The gold medal game was closer than the 4-1 final score indicated. The winning St. Thomas Tomcats, the third Northern Kentucky opponent for the Warriors, with several subs available were able to outrun the weary Warriors.
Warrior coaches Mike Filowiat and Danny Greene expressed absolute pride in their troops. This is the coaches' second gold medal game in three years. They expressed thanks to Tim Banks, who, along the way, provided training support and helpful coaching tips.
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