Danville ready for rematch with Lincoln County

Published 9:38 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2017


The 45th District boys’ soccer tournament will have to wait another day.

Games that were scheduled for yesterday at Lincoln County — Boyle County vs. Garrard County and Lincoln County vs. Danville — will now be played Thursday, with the championship game scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.

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No. 1 seed Boyle County is the favorite to advance to the district final after sweeping its regular-season games. The No. 2 vs. No. 3 game — Lincoln County vs. Danville — is one that has been circled by both teams.

Danville knocked Lincoln out of the district tournament last year, winning 6-1. This year, Lincoln beat Danville in the regular-season matchup, 2-1.

“It was a turning point for our team,” Danville coach Brent Beauman said. “It made us realize that effort and focus will be a deciding factor in many games.”

Since that loss, Danville has refocused to win its last eight games. The Admirals are 15-3 this season, Lincoln is 9-5-4.

Beauman said that his defense has come on strong late in the season, posting two shutouts in their eight-game win streak, but it has been an all-around effort by the players.

“It has really been a team effort,” Beauman said. “The back four and Keeton have been making some great plays and are in tune with each other. The mid and front three are finally buying in to a tactical change and it is obvious by the stat sheets. Really the biggest change is from the bench. We are getting great play from Angel (Alaves), Jesus (Gonzalo-Medina) and Jesus (Ayala). It’s been a big help during the final grind of the season.”

Danville made a formation change midway through the season, testing out a 3-5-2. But it didn’t stick, and Beauman said he switched during the Western Hills game.

“They just weren’t buying in to it,” the coach said. “Sometimes you just have to read your players and make adjustments. If they are more comfortable playing one formation over another, that’s fine with me. As long as they follow game plans and play the style we are teaching, it will work itself out.”

Beauman said the focus in practice has been on cleaning up mistakes for the postseason run.

“We have been focusing on cleaning things up during our practices,” he said. “Being aware of some weaknesses and how to improve on them, and drilling our strengths.”