Constitution Cup soccer

(UPDATED 11:25 a.m. Saturday: The Constitution Cup soccer doubleheader at Boyle County has been moved back to its original starting times — girls game at 6 p.m., boys game at 8 p.m. — as school officials hope to avoid the heavy rain expected throughout the morning and afternoon.)

If the weather doesn’t completely go south, the soccer teams from Boyle County and Danville will battle for the Constitution Cups in their annual girls-boys doubleheader Saturday at Boyle.

These are the only regular-season games between the crosstown rivals (though they frequently meet in the postseason), and in recent years the games have usually been held on the day following the football game between the two schools.

The game times have been changed since the teams’ schedules were released, with the games being moved up 2 hours to allow Boyle officials to better manage both them and a marching band contest that will be held in nearby Rebel Stadium. Play begins with the girls game at 4 p.m., followed by the boys game at about 6 p.m.

Boyle swept last year’s twinbill, winning the girls game 4-1 and the boys game 3-0. Both Boyle teams also won rematches in the finals of their respective district tournaments.

This year, the Boyle girls are 9-3-1 and are the only ranked team among the four at No. 16 in the statewide coaches poll, while the Danville girls are 6-1-2 and unbeaten in their last six games with three consecutive wins. The Boyle boys are 8-3 with three straight wins; the Danville boys are 9-1-1 and, like the girls, have won or tied their last six games and won their last three.

There is a possibility that the games could be postponed in the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms, both of which are in the Saturday forecast. One participating coach said they could be rescheduled for Sunday, although the Danville boys are scheduled to play in the All “A” Classic semifinals (and the finals if they win) Sunday in Frankfort after the final day of that tournament was postponed last weekend.

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