Colts bedevil Henry Clay

NICHOLASVILLE — The West Jessamine boys' soccer team ends each huddle with a single word: Georgetown.

After a 6-1 trampling of fourth-ranked Henry Clay on Tuesday night, the No. 15 Colts certainly look like a team headed in the direction of the State Tournament at Georgetown.

"That's where we're going, where we're heading," senior Jonathan Rehner said. "We take it one game at a time, but that's where we are planning to go."

West Jessamine has one more city, Danville, standing in the way of its trip to Georgetown. The Colts will visit Boyle County in the Sectionals on Thursday with a trip to the final four on the line.

Rehner had two goals and assisted on a third in the West rout. Adam Howard also had two goals. The Colts blew open a tight 2-1 game at the half with four goals over 11 minutes in the second half.

"It all came from us being able to play our style," Coach Nathan Andrews said. "It's dangerous and it's fun to watch."

After close overtime games with teams such as Paul Dunbar and Lexington Catholic, the 6-1 win was a good feeling for West, which won its 10th straight.

"Our guys were just aching to break out," Andrews said. "It shows you exactly what these guys are capable of when they put that team effort together."

The six goals were the most given up by Henry Clay in a game all season. The Devils had allowed just 23 goals going into Tuesday's game.

The final score was baffling to Devils Coach Tim Bernardi.

"In post-season play, once you get down 3-1, you pull your defense and tweak that, you lose your shape a little bit to generate some goals and they capitalized on the opportunities they got by us pushing forward," Bernardi said.

Howard scored first for the Colts to open the game on an arching, curling corner kick that found its way into the goal.

Henry Clay evened it up on a Phillip Mabika one-on-one with the keeper.

Ryan Moberly put West up for good with 2:30 left in the first half, taking a feed from Aubrey Maddux and popping it into the goal.

Halfway through the second half, senior Randy Troyer found the goal again for the Colts, racing around and through four defenders.

"We expected it to be a lot closer than this," Rehner said. "We just exploded and finished when it counts."

The next three goals came with some help from Rehner, who first drew out keeper Miguel Andrade and slipped the ball to Howard, who scored his second of the game.

Twice more Rehner drew out Andrade and then tapped the ball into the back of the goal to make it 5-1 and 6-1 West.

The Colts outshot Henry Clay 12-3.

The Devils' season ended a second straight year in the Sub-Sectionals.

"You never want to lose a game, but I want them to focus on what we did this season: winning back-to-back region championships as well as losing just four matches all year," Bernardi said. "We accomplished a lot, but it was a heartbreaking way to end a season."

West Jessamine 6, Henry Clay 1

Goalse_SEmDHC: Phillip Mabika; WJ: Adam Howard 2, Ryan Moberly, Randy Troyer, Jonathan Rehner 2. Goalkeeperse_SEmDHC: Miguel Andrade; WJ: Heath Crist.

Records: Henry Clay 18-4-2, W. Jessamine 16-6-2.