WEST VIGO, Ind. — The Covington soccer team won its second consecutive sectional title at West Vigo by defeating North Putnam 4-0. The Trojans took the lead just fifteen minutes into the contest and scored a second goal less than a minute later.
The team was nervous when they started their game on Wednesday versus host West Vigo, but came out more relaxed in the championship match with the Cougars.
“I think we had a much better start today,” said Covington head coach Ryan Sowers. “We were calmer than the other day and I think that helped us execute.”
The Trojans try to play a possession game, building their attack slowly with players moving to space to give their teammates as many options as possible.
Getting the lead on goals by Zeb Newlin and Justin Long did not cause the Trojans to lose focus as it did in their previous game. They maintained control and spread the field, causing their opponents to have to chase the ball.
“Yes, I think we played smarter today,” said Sowers about the control. “I think we were also mentally tough out there and that translates to being physically tough in our attack.”
That willingness to keep attacking was exemplified in the way the team scored its third goal. Newlin got a breakaway and the Cougar keeper came out to challenge him.
The goalie deflected the ball with Newlin slipping on the play and landing on his back. He jumped to his feet and managed to tap the ball into the goal before the keeper could recover.
In the second half, North Putnam became more aggressive and the game settled into a back-and-forth contest. The Trojans kept the bulk of the possession, but the Cougars were able to get some shots with Covington keeper Dylan Moore making several spectacular saves.