Constitution Cups up for grabs

Boyle County and Danville students shouldn’t put away their black and blue body paint just because the football game between their two schools is behind them. Teams from the two schools will meet again tonight in the annual Constitution Cup soccer doubleheader at Admiral Stadium.

These are the only regular-season meetings between the Danville and Boyle girls and boys teams, and they’ll play back to back beginning with the boys game at 6 p.m. The girls game is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Boyle brings a six-game series winning streak into the girls game, and three of those wins came last season. The Lady Rebels throttled Danville 8-1 in the regular season, then beat the Lady Admirals in the 29th District and 15th Region finals by identical 3-1 scores.

This year’s Boyle team is 9-4 and ranked No. 15 in the state. Eight of its nine wins have been shutouts, but the Lady Rebels have also been shut out twice. Danville has struggled to a 4-5-2 record but hasn’t given up a goal in its last four games and hasn’t given up more than three in any game this season. However, the Lady Admirals been held to one goal or less eight times.

On the boys side, Boyle retained the cup last year by beating Danville in a shootout. (The game was officially recorded as a 2-2 tie, and the shootout was held for the sole purpose of awarding the cup.) The Admirals recovered to beat the Rebels 2-1 in the district finals.

Danville is 15-1 this season and has risen to No. 19 in the statewide poll after opening the season at No. 15, then dropping out altogether without losing a game. The Admirals have won five straight games since losing to Collegiate in the All “A” Classic championship, the last three by 10-0 scores over weak opponents to raise their shutout total to nine. Boyle is 4-10 and is mired in a four-game losing streak in which it has been outscored 19-6.

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