Colonels grab first win on Rubio's late goal, 3-2

Bryan Edwards | Kentucky New Era

Christian County's Benito Rubio prepares to shott during the Colonels' 3-2 win over Franklin-Simpson on Monday night.

With five minutes left in play, the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats tied the game at two, but Benito Rubio and the Christian County Colonels made sure head coach Austin Byrum got his first win of his coaching career.

Rubio, who already had one goal on the night, got the ball by two defenders and put it off the left post in the final minutes to give County the 3-2 victory for its first victory of the 2019 season.

"Second half I think we got a little lackadaisical -- they were banging the ball up the field and we kind of just started to play how they were playing," Byrum said. "I'm really just proud of the guys' efforts. Some teams they give up a goal in the last five minutes or so, they give up. We came back, fought back and put one in the back of the net for us that won the game for us."

Byrum played Rubio up higher than the senior is accustomed to, but he still managed to find the ball on his foot, notching two goals in the game.

"I put him up -- he's not used to that," Byrum said. "He did a phenomenal job up there. He just stayed true to the course. I dropped him back on defense, obviously after he got the goal. He can score the ball. He's a good ball striker, he's quick and he's strong. So I like him up there."

Franklin-Simpson's Ben Banton put the Wildcats in the best position to win with two goals on the night. However, Rubio's second goal meant a little more.

The first-year coach said it just shows the fight his team has to not give up after giving up that goal to tie the game late.

"We have no quit in us," he said. "We'll battle until the final whistle. I think that's one of the most important things in soccer. The last few minutes, a lot of teams get tired. Our guys were tired, but we just kept battling and took advantage of the last opportunity we had."

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Byrum said he wouldn't have gotten his first win as a coach if it weren't for having the group of players he has.

"I'm glad I got a win, I hope there's plenty more to come," he said. "Obviously, I'd like to have gotten a win last week, but it happened today. I'm proud of the guys. I couldn't have done it without those guys."

Christian County moves to 1-2 on the season and will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when it hosts Graves County. Byrum said he wants to keep the momentum going.

"(I want to) make sure we come in on Thursday at the top of our game, we're focused, we're determined and we're ready to get another 'W' and keep going," he said.

Christian County 3, Franklin-Simpson 2

FSHS 1 1 -- 2

CCHS 1 2 -- 3

CCHS: Rubio (2 goals), Lancaster (goal)

FSHS: Banton (2 goals)

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