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Storm cuts short senior night as Bearcats fall to Boyle

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By Christian Marnon

 Anderson boys’ soccer seniors were prepared to fight tooth and nail against Boyle County in their regular season finale last Thursday. 

What they didn’t anticipate was inclement weather snuffing that fire. 

Officials waved off Thursday’s contest with around 17:50 left in the second half after they heard nearby thunder. The cancellation sealed a victory for Boyle, which led 2-1 when officials ordered players off the field. 

Anderson head coach Jeff Pritchett said he was “a little surprised” with the decision to end the game rather than delay for 30 minutes for weather. 

“As soon as you hear thunder, it’s a 30-minute delay [because] you treat thunder just like lightning,” he said. “They determined … that there was going to be continual bad weather and they made the call to postpone and the end the game.” 

Despite his team’s disappointment, Pritchett said he was grateful for the chance to watch his seniors play hard against an “exceptionally solid” Boyle team. 

“We fought the weather all night before the game and we were very fortunate to get in to the part of the game,” Pritchett said in reference to heavy rain that cleared just in time for kickoff. 

The Bearcats started strong when Wesley Ruehrwein broke free in the space for an uncontested goal. 

Four minutes later, Boyle responded. 

“We got caught watching the ball,” Pritchett said. 

Thunder wasn’t the only event beyond the Bearcats’ control. Near the 30-minute mark of the second half, a bad bounce made contact with an Anderson player’s hand inside the box, resulting in a penalty kick that Boyle converted to take a 2-1 lead. 

“[The handball] was an unfortunate event,” Pritchett said. “If it was outside the penalty box, it would have just been a free kick.” 

Bad luck aside, Pritchett said he was proud of his team’s performance. 

“The main thing when we came in Thursday night was all about celebrating our seniors and their accomplishments—all six of them,” he said. “They really wanted to show that their best was good enough to compete against anyone. [Against Boyle], they proved without a shadow of a doubt that they’re right there with the quality of those teams and I can’t be more proud.”