TOMPKINSVILLE — Lightning flashed in the distance during the second half of the District 15 boys' soccer championship game Sunday, and the Glasgow Scotties provided the thunder.
Tied with rival Barren County 1-1 at the half, the Scotties stormed the Trojans over the last 40 minutes, outscoring their opponent 5-1 in the second half and staking claim to their sixth straight district championship by a 6-2 score.
"We knew that they would come out fighting. We talked about it being a rivalry, and you never know what's going to happen in a game like that," Glasgow coach Ken Mahung said.
The strategy was to figure out Barren County's game plan in the first half and make adjustments at halftime, he continued.
"We knew that once we figured out what they were doing, we could take care of it in the second half," Mahung said.
The state's leading goal-scorer, Aden Nyekan, gave Barren County the first lead of the game when he fooled the Glasgow goalkeeper in the open field and used his strength to keep the last Scottie defender at bay. Nyekan's goal gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead with 10 minutes to play in the first half.
Jackson Bower — the tournament's Most Valuable Player — tied the game with about four minutes left in the opening half when he finished off a scoring opportunity that began after Edson Lopez smashed a strike at the goal that was too hot for the keeper to handle.
Though each team had a goal at the half, the keepers played well over the first 40 minutes, as Cody Copass for the Trojans and Eli Travis for the Scotties made big saves to keep the scoring limited.
Glasgow junior Yahir Molina put the Scotties up 2-1 about 10 minutes into the second half with a goal off his left foot. Less than five minutes later, Lopez's header found the back of the net as he scored off a nice assist from Brad Mahung.
Molina's second goal of the match gave Glasgow a 4-1 lead and sealed Barren County's fate.
"I have to give the credit to my teammates," Molina said. "They move the ball well so I don't take the recognition. They get it because it's a team effort."
Despite the loss, Barren County will also advance to the 4th Region tournament. The draw for the tournament will be held later this week.
Though they were happy with the district title, the Scotties emphasized they want more from the season.
"It feels good but we just have to keep on going and keep playing hard," Bower said.
Brad Mahung added that the competition only gets better the further into the postseason a team advances.
"We have to pick it up even more. The Bowling Green teams are really good," he said.
District 15 All-Tournament Team
Cody Lane-Barren County
Seth Mitchell-Barren County
Jackson Bower-Glasgow-Tournament MVP
Korey Kamp-Monroe County
Hayden Graves-Monroe County