Tri-County soccer season kicks off

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 01:53 AM

Warren County and J.F. Webb opened the Tri-County soccer season Monday in Oxford and the Warriors got a little more than they bargained for, holding on for a 5-3 win.

Webb is a perennial state playoff contender. Warren County won a game in 2012 for the first time in about a handful of seasons. Oh yeah, and the Eagles have three girls, who regularly play, on their roster.

Granted, the Eagles did their damage with Webb reserves on the pitch. It was still a solid showing for Travis Packer's squad. And goalkeeper Dontravious Harrison asserted himself especially well. The senior looked like he had velcro on his mitts. At times, he does look like a player who has only been playing the game since last season, which he has, but he does show a ton of potential and should get better as the season goes on.

“I thought our defensive organization for the most part, especially for the first game this season, was really good," said Packer, a first-year head coach.

On the home side, Sean Barnes was less than pleased with his team's performance, but recognized it was early in the season.

“We’ve got to get more on target," said Barnes. "Hopefully it was those opening-game jitters because South Granville is going to come in here Thursday night with a rivalry on their mind.”

Note: In the private school ranks, Kerr-Vance began play over the weekend in a Greenfield School tourney.