Central Storm

One night after snapping a 21-game losing streak with a tie against Webster County, the Hopkins County Central boys' soccer team got its first victory since 2013.

The Storm ended a 22-game winless streak with a 5-4 home victory over Ballard Memorial thanks to four goals from Jonathan Jarvis and a late goal from Ryan Vaughn to clinch the win.

"Everybody was happy after the win. The parents were coming up to me after the game and giving my high-fives. It was a fun atmosphere," Central coach Ben Lutz said. "I told our guys to enjoy it while they can but not to celebrate too hard because we still have a game Thursday. I told them to act humble and act like they had been there before."

All of Jarvis' goals came in the first half to give the Storm a 4-2 halftime lead, and Vaughn found the back of the net in the second half to give Central a two-goal cushion. Issac Evans was also key on the offensive side with three assists.

Defensively, Central (1-5-1) man-marked Ballard Memorial standout Samuel Sloboda, who scored multiple goals in a win against Dawson Springs on Monday but was held in check on Tuesday.

"I saw that we needed to put pressure on him and make him play without the ball," Lutz said. "Their offense didn't do too much when he didn't have the ball, and when we scored a few goals they put him back on defense. We pushed the ball up the field and got a little more offense than we did against Webster County. Our shots were just going in."

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