DANVILLE — Don’t read anything into the result between the Danville and Speedway boys’ soccer teams match up as a deeper story betrayed the scoreboard.
In anticipation of a match against first-place Frankfort on Thursday, Danville coach Drew Brokamp rested all 11 starters in Wednesday’s match with the Sparkplugs. Against a senior-laden Speedway side, the Sparkplugs defeated Danville.
Brokamp said his players wanted to play against Speedway, and that’s a mark of a good player, but the players understood the stakes.The Speedway game has always been in between the matches against Lebanon and Frankfort.
“(Those are) two huge conference games at the end of the season,” Brokamp said.
Danville has not won the Sagamore Conference title since 2003.
Frankfort entered Thursday’s game atop the conference with a 5-0-0 record. For Danville to have any chance to win its first conference championship in a decade, they had to beat the Hot Dogs.
Pertinent to the rivalry, Tri-West sits in the catbird’s seat — and second in the conference — due in part to a 1-0 win against the Warriors in Lizton on Sept. 5. In conference play, Tri-West is 4-1 and plays Frankfort on Saturday.
Two Danville freshmen — midfielder Bryce Hughson and defender Steven Guipe — made their first career starts.
Sophomore goalkeeper Noah Farnsley started in senior goalkeeper Zach Blankenship’s stead.
In the first half, Speedway outshot Danville 20-1. The Warriors’ attempt came in the 26th minute. From the right side, Warriors’ senior midfielder Landon Dowell crossed the ball into the box. Speedway junior Drew Jones headed the ball into the air, and Guipe’s subsequent volley sailed over the goal.
Down 4-0 at half, Brokamp said he told his team they just needed to dig in.
“I just need to see some good character out there, that they weren’t gonna give up,” he said. “That was excellent to see.”