Coming into the District 8-AAA title game on Thursday, May 9, Central High School soccer's run came to a close in a 1-0 road loss to Shelbyville.
"I was incredibly proud of the way we played. We played well, we played hard," Coach Robert Harper said. "We just came up on the short end."
The No. 4 seed Raiders opened the tournament with a 4-0 win over Franklin County. In the next round, the boys shocked the No. 1 seed Columbia in a 100-minute 1-0 victory, setting up the tournament final with Shelbyville.
"Just the last three or four weeks we played a lot better defensively. Kix (Ferrell) has certainly gotten a lot better in goal," Harper explained. "These kids have a lot of fight in them. They don't ever quit."
Both teams started strong defensively. Ferrell made several impressive saves early in the first half to keep it scoreless.
With just over 10 minutes until halftime, the Golden Eagles connected on a penalty kick to make it a 1-0 game.
Ferrell and the Raider defense bounced back and continued to play well. Through the second half, the team held Shelbyville's lead to one. Offensively, the Raiders took many shots down the stretch but couldn't find the equalizer.
"We played hard, the other side just created an opportunity that we couldn't stop," Ferrell said. "Beginning of the year I didn't think we were gonna be as a good a team as we are now. I really thought we came together and became one of the best teams I've played with."
Following the game, Ferrell and Keaton Mai were named Second-Team All-District. Briggs Haithcock and Leo Suarez were named First-Team All-District.