Normally I wouldn’t single out one soccer game to give some preview info for, but Bowling Green and Greenwood’s boys’ soccer tilt tonight is a bit of an exception.
Besides always being a spirited rivalry game – for players and fans – this match will also feature two of the top teams in Kentucky.
Bowling Green enters at 10-0-2, ranked second in the state by the Kentucky High School Soccer Coaches Association. Greenwood is ranked 12th with a record of 9-2-1.
Now, despite how intriguing the matchup is on paper, the bottom line is that it really matters very little beyond bragging rights.
The teams are in different districts, and aside from some experience against a squad they might meet in the Region 4 Tournament, the match won’t factor much into the postseason.
“We do our best not to hype it,” Bowling Green coach Craig Widener said Tuesday. “It’s just another game for us. They’re in our region, but it has no bearing on district standings. We’ll go out there and see how it turns out.
“I’m sure the crowd and teams will be lively, but outside of that, it’s just another game.”
Bowling Green leads Region 4 in both goals scored (64) and allowed (6). The six goals the Purples have surrendered is tied for third-best mark in the state.
Not surprisingly, Greenwood ranks second in the region in both categories. The Gators’ high-powered offense has largely been charged by Nedin Zukanovic, who’s scored 18 of Greenwood’s 57 goals. No one else has more than seven.
Both teams are a combined 11-0 against Region 4 teams this season, so something has to give tonight. I’ll be there with the coverage, and you can follow me on Twitter (@zach_greenwell) or follow @bgpreps for updates.
I’m also hoping to have some postgame coverage here (possibly video?), but we’ll just play that by ear. Stay tuned.
On another note, I’ll be covering Glasgow’s home football game tomorrow night against Monroe County.
The Scotties are 4-0, and senior tight end Hunter Bowles has picked up some statewide press this week by gaining scholarship offers from Kentucky and Louisville to join offers from Marshall and Murray State.
As usual, I’ll have live updates and postgame thoughts from that game as well.
For fellow BGDN writer Micheal Compton’s previews of all of the week’s football games, check out today’s print or online edition.