Middlesboro improved their record to 2-2 on Thursday with a 2-1 victory over Whitley County. It was the second victory over the Colonels this season.
“We came out much more intense, aggressive both offensively and defensively, and it really showed a big difference in how the game went for us,” said Yellow Jacket head coach Tim Millett. “We had a lot of shots on goal and had a lot of opportunities to score.”
A goal from Justin Jones at the 20 minute mark allowed Middlesboro to enter halftime with a 1-0 lead.
“He’s a kid with a lot of heart,” said Millett regarding Jones, who underwent knee surgery after injuring it last season. “Justin has worked extremely hard and put himself in position to be a great asset to the team. I ask a lot of Justin, and he responds.”
The Yellow Jackets took a 2-0 lead after Caleb Heck’s shot hit the opposite post, high in the corner of the net. Evan Brock had the assist. The goal came at the 55 minute mark.
“It was a beautiful shot,” said Millett.
The coach said he has high expectations for Heck to lead the team.
“Offensively, he gives us a lot of fire power with his foot. Defensively, he helps us with his aggression,” said Millett about Heck. “He’s a veteran soccer player, so he’s doing what this team needs him to do.”
After holding Whitley County scoreless for the majority of the game, the Colonels scored a goal late to bring the final score to 2-1.
“We got a little tired on defense. We were a little fatigued at that time,” said Millett. “We started stacking the defense up more from that point on.”
Middlesboro (2-2) will travel to Knox Central (2-2) on Tuesday in an attempt to avenge a 2-0 loss in the season opener. Whitley County (0-9) will be looking for their first win of the season when they travel to Letcher County Central (4-2) on Saturday.
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