A few thoughts about last night’s Greenwood-Bowling Green boys’ soccer match:
First, it was a pretty darn good atmosphere in The Swamp last night. Both schools brought solid student sections, creating an environment you don’t see a lot at high school soccer matches.
“I love it,” Greenwood coach Scott Gural said. “I wish we had fans like this at all the big games. Bowling Green and Greenwood both have high reputations around the state and bring in quality teams to play against.
“Soccer has come a long way in Kentucky, and it’s nice to see fans coming out and realizing how hard these guys are working.”
For those that missed my last post, even though the match didn’t carry any district implications, it was huge on paper, pitting the No. 2 team in the state (BG) against the No. 12 team (Greenwood).
One quote I thought was very telling came from Gators junior Nedin Zukanovic, who happened to score his 19th goal of the season last night.
Zukanovic seemed to suggest that even though Greenwood is off to a 9-3-1 start, it learned just how far it needs to come Thursday.
“We tried to bounce back, but it was kind of late at that point,” he said. “We need to step it up. We just saw how good they are, so we need to step it up.”
Bowling Green has been very solid so far this season. The Purples don’t have stats available, but I’d be willing to bet that the scoring distribution is about as balanced as you’ll see.
It seems like I’ve covered somebody different scoring every match. Last night’s new face was Kevin May, who fired a free kick from almost midfield and soared it into the Greenwood net. Grant Sims also had two BG goals.
Chances are good that these two teams will meet again in the Region 4 Tournament. Gural said Greenwood’s biggest objective before then is finding an “aggressive mentality.”
For the Purples, they just want to keep the same mentality that’s worked all season.
” … I think everyone on the field knows that this isn’t the one that matters,” Bowling Green coach Craig Widener said. “We don’t want this to be the best result of our season.”
I’ll have more results and reaction from the match in Friday’s Daily News.