Quire blitzes Danville, Owen

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By John Herndon

With weeks like last week, Shane Quire might not want the high school soccer season to end.

The Anderson County junior ripped visiting Danville for four goals in last Thursday’s regular-season finale. The outburst came three days after another four-goal night against Owen County.

Quire powered the Bearcats to an 8-4 win over Danville and a 7-0 thrashing of Owen County. In between. The Bearcats settled for a tie at Louisville Waggener last Tuesday.

“When Shane is on his game, he is untouchable,” Anderson coach Khamisi Campbell said.

According to Kentucky High School Athletic Association records, Quire’s outburst was two short of a school record. Uzias Gonzales scored six times against Mercer County in 2000.

The state record for goals in one game is 11 by Siba Mohammed of Louisville Walden against Spencer County in 1998.

During the wild shootout with Danville, Quire had his way as the Admirals conceded much room to Quire throughout the contest.

Danville had taken early 1-0 and 2-1 leads, but the Bearcats erupted with three more goals before the midpoint of the first half, the last two coming within 59 seconds of each other. Quire got his first two scores of the night in the explosion and Cody Gongora, who had scored Anderson’s first goal, connected at the 20:34 mark to put Anderson up 4-2.

“We changed things up a little at the start of the game,” Campbell said. “Once everyone got comfortable, we came forward.”

While Danville pulled within 4-3 early in the second half, the Bearcats extended their lead to as much as 8-3 inside the final two minutes. Danville set the final margin on a goal with 2.5 seconds to play.

“(Quire) has been fantastic for us,” Campbell said. “And we have Cody (Gongora) and Dalton (Wells). Kyle (Barnett) had a fantastic game tonight and Jeremiah (Andrade) did the intangibles, getting the balls back.”

Against a Danville team that had beaten or tied some teams that had defeated the Bearcats, Campbell said his team’s improvement showed as the Bearcats dominated the midfield Thursday.

“When Jeremiah and Dalton and Kyle are on their games, we can destroy other teams in the midfield,” Campbell said.

Anderson finished the regular season at 6-6-2 while Danville fell to 8-8-1.

Anderson Co. 3,

Waggener 3

The Bearcats salvaged a tie at Louisville Waggener last Tuesday.

The Bearcats got up 2-0 early but saw the Wildcats rally against a makeshift lineup.

“We had to rest some players on Tuesday because we had played on Monday and the one we wanted was Thursday at home,” Campbell said.

The coach said he rested Wells and Andrade, forcing a revamped lineup.

“Some of the simple things weren’t so simple and we couldn’t do them,” Campbell said.

Waggener fell to 6-6-1 on the year.

District tournament opens next week

The 30th District Tournament gets underway Monday at Collins High School in Shelbyville.

At press time, the pairings had not been set as Anderson, Collins and Shelby County were tied at the top of the district standings with 2-1 marks.

Anderson defeated Shelby but lost to Collins. Shelby beat Collins but lost to Anderson. Collins beat Anderson but lost to Shelby.

Spencer County will be the No. 4 seed with an 0-3 district record.

Collins has a distinct advantage playing the tournament on its home artificial turf field, which plays faster than a natural surface. The other three teams play on grass fields.

Anderson has never won a district championship and has not won a district game since 2012. Campbell, however, is confident after seeing his team overcome an 0-4 start.

“I think we have done a fantastic job,” he said. “The first five games of the season were really tough but the last 10 have been really good. We finally got the games under out belts. The fitness is there. The sharpness is there.”

Added Quire, “I think we are playing a lot better. I think we have a chance the way we are playing.”

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