Late in the game, Covington got the ball inside the six and had a half dozen shots that either were saved by the North Putnam keeper or which bounced off a defender or teammate.
Finally, Covington’s Josh Allen got an open look and sent the ball into the net for a goal that made it 4-0.
“Two sectional shutouts are good to see,” said Sowers of the 3-0 and 4-0 wins over West Vigo and North Putnam. “Our defense was aggressive, but I think it was our attitude that was the difference.”
Asked to explain, Sowers said, “We didn’t come out cocky, but we came out with a confidence that said ‘We expect to win this game’ and that was different than last year.”
That attitude will be tested, as the Trojans will likely face a top-25 team in the regional. Unlike last year when a regional game was unknown territory, the team now knows what to expect.
“We will need to play our best game,” said Sowers of the upcoming contest, “but we’ve seen it before. We’ve got a lot of guys who played last year, but some new ones, too. We need to use our experience to go out and play our game and just see what happens.”
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org