NKY boys soccer round-up: Dixie Heights dominates Scott

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For all but a few minutes at the most, the ball stayed at the feet of the Dixie Heights Colonels in this Kenton County non-region matchup against the Scott Eagles.

This dominant ball-possession allowed Dixie Heights (2-0 overall) to put up 33 shots with 22 on goal to none for the Eagles (0-3). The Colonels scored four goals in each half in the convincing 8-0 victory.

Dixie Heights did not want to see the ball at the feet of Scott senior forward Carlos Marshall, who scored both goals in the 3-2 Dixie Heights win over Scott in Taylor Mill last year on his way to 31 goals and seven assists for the season.

“Carlos is one of the most dangerous players in our area,” said Trey Crone, Dixie Heights head coach. “He caused us all kinds of problems last year. We knew going into this year that we have the talent to keep the ball away from opponents a lot. We did a pretty good job of that. Our seniors led the back line. One of them always made sure we knew where Carlos was.”

“We work on that in training every day,” Crone said. “The kids all know it’s all about timing. We have to be patient. If we dive in wrecklessly or dive in at the wrong time, we know (Marshall) is going to dribble around us. We stayed composed.”

Scott made Dixie Heights earn everything challenging every pass until the clock hit zero. Junior goalkeeper Aiden Taylor recorded 14 saves while Colonels senior goalkeeper Braden Blackburn did not have to touch the ball.

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Scott started off with possession going toward the east goal at Rice Mountjoy Stadium. But the Colonels quickly sent the ball the other direction and put up some high and wide shots.

But just four minutes, seven seconds into the game, junior Austin Seng put in a rebound for the only goal Dixie Heights needed. Seng was injured and had to leave the game with 25:20 left. But he walked off the field on his own power before trainers gave him crutches to leave the stadium.

“We passed the ball around pretty well in the back,” Seng said. “Once we got to the attacking third, we decided to move down a little more and we eventually started shooting and got balls in the back of the net.”

Senior Bennett Gerak wound up scoring two goals and tallying four assists on his way to eight points. Gerak has three goals and four assists in two games for 10 points.

Gerak found senior Mehnen Dahi for the next Dixie Heights goal then hit one off the left bar with 19:31 left in the first half to put the Colonels up 3-0. Junior Jotham Mweneziko scored the last Dixie Heights goal of the half in the final 10 minutes. Dahi and sophomore Aiden Sanders added assists for Dixie Heights.

Gerak had a hand in the first two Colonels goals of the second half. He found freshman Trevor Bolte for the score with 26:49 left in the game then hit a penalty kick with 22:29 to put the Colonels up 6-0.

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“This is the first time that I can remember in a high school game that we were controlling the ball day in and day out,” Gerak said. “We’re going to continue to use it and wear teams down. The more we have the ball, the more dangerous we are.”

The Colonels saw seven different players score goals. Senior Ryder Kennedy scored with 21:18 left in the game and freshman Donovan Lameier made the final score with 14:24 left.

Dixie Heights plays its second game within 24 hours traveling to Villa Madonna (0-1) for an 11 a.m. game Saturday.

Opponents have outscored Scott, 11-0 to start the season. The Eagles will go for their first win Wednesday at Gallatin County (0-1). Game time is 7 p.m.

Tates Creek 3, Ryle 0:

The Raiders (0-1) dropped the first game in the Fayette County Public Schools Soccer Showcase against the Commodores (2-0) at Henry Clay.

Tates Creek outshot Ryle, 11-6. Ryle junior goalkeeper Landon Barth made six saves.

Ryle travels to Bryan Station (1-0-1) on Saturday. Game time is noon.

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