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Boys' soccer advances to second round of state tourney
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Senior Nathan Blythe (7) makes a run through the Jackson County defense in the first half of the Tigers first round playoff game on Friday, April 27. - photo by Colin Ochs
The Tigers entered Friday’s first-round playoff matchup at Jackson County High School having yet to win a game away from Tigers Stadium this season. That didn’t matter. The Tigers were ready to go from the start, defeating Jackson County 4-0 on April 27 to advance to the second round of the Class AAA state tournament. “If I only have road wins in the playoffs, I’m happy with that,” Coach Derek Waters said with a smile. “These guys did such a great job pulling together tonight.” In addition to their road woes, the Tigers (6-7-1) had a habit of getting off to slow starts this season. Giving up early goals and having to play from behind in most of their games. Neither of those were an issue Friday night as Waters and the coaches emphasized the importance of a strong start during their week of practice leading up to the Jackson County (6-11) game.