On September 25th, the Johnson Royals boy’s soccer team faced the Kentucky Christian University Knights. The night kicked off a little rocky with a delayed start time, which caused the fog to set in more. The boys still came out energetic and ready to play, however, and this energy radiated throughout the crowd.
In the first half, both the Royals and the Knights battled for possession of the ball. Within the first ten minutes, it was evident to see that both teams were acting rough towards one another and performing many dirty slide tackles.
KCU was the first to score, but this did not shake the Royals. Johnson attempted to score one minute after KCU did, but the shot was too deep.
At the 10:03 mark in the first half, KCU scored again. Although the faces of the Royals were starting to drop, they managed to still play fair and keep their attitudes up. By the 4:51 mark, however, a yellow card was pulled on the Knights for aggressive play.
As the second half rolled around, the Royals had a lot of energy coming out. There was an obvious change in the players, and the Johnson boys had more passing and communication in the second half. Even through the increasing fog, the Royals still seemed to have each defender covered.
At the 25 minute mark, Johnson took an amazing shot and made it past the goalie, leaving the score 1-2. Even though the Knights were leading, the Royals were not giving up hope. The Royals kept pushing the line forward, and the Johnson goalie had several blocks. There were controversial offside calls made at the 15 minute mark for KCU, which made the crowd stand on their feet. As the second half rounded out, KCU scored a penalty kick at the 13 minute mark.
The game ended with the Royals losing 1-3. Although the loss was not anticipated by the Royals, it did not leave them hopeless. The player’s held their heads high, and both teams ended the night in prayer with each other. The Royals hope to continue their season with the same energy they performed with against KCU.