BOYS' SOCCER: Titans show Bearcats why they’re ranked No. 5

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By John Herndon

SHELBYVILLE – Collins showed why it has climbed into the state’s top five boys’ soccer teams last Thursday.
The Titans downed Anderson County, 3-0, in the 30th District Tournament championship match, held at Collins.
The Titans dominated in every way to move to 16-1-2 on the year. Anderson fell to l0-10-0. Both teams were to play in the Eighth Region tournament Monday night at various sites.
“They are a very good team,” Anderson coach Khamisi Campbell said. “They are patient and if you give them time to play, they are going to punish you  
“We gave them too much time to play.”
Collins had taken an early lead on a goal, then put pressure on the Bearcats with another score just 23 seconds before halftime.
Collins put things away three minutes into the second half with another score.
Collins coach Scott Cress said the third goal was very big.
“If they get one and make it 2-1, they have the momentum and they feel like they’ve got a chance. If we go out and get one right away, we can keep playing our normal game. They have to adjust to us not us adjust to them. We could play our game, possession and move the ball around.”
“They understand hot to keep the ball. They are patient,” Campbell said.
It was much different than the first time the teams played, when Anderson took the Titans to overtime before losing, 2-1.
“It was a different field,” Cress said. “We are on a bigger field. We were able to spread it out and get more shots on the goal. Got the open space. Were able to spread it out.”
Campbell believed Anderson got off to a slow start. “I don’t think our team played as well as I would like.
“We started the game very flat, not enough energy. Initially, we dropped off too deep. It wasn’t the best decision. After about 10 minutes we stepped up and got a little more pressure.  We had a chance to get in behind in the first half and just didn’t finish.”