The Collins Boys Soccer team celebrate after defeating Woodford County 2-1 to capture the District championship.

The Collins Boys Soccer team defeated the Woodford County Yellow Jackets 2-1 to capture the district championship Thursday, Oct. 6. This is the Titans first district championship since 2018, when they defeated Anderson County 6-0.

The Titans came in knowing this wasn’t going to be an easy game with the Yellow Jackets, the team with the best record (12-4) in the district and home field advantage. This did not phase the Titans as they were the first ones on the board after a corner kick from Charlie Hogg led to a header goal from sophomore defender Rodrigo Dominguez.

The Titans maintained their 1-0 lead throughout the remainder of the first half.

The Titan defense held the Yellow Jackets back from their usual attack in this game and when they did get into the box, goalkeeper Luis Garrido made some crucial saves during some close calls. Garrido finished the game with six saves in total.

The Titans maintained that good defense into the beginning of the second half as well. This was a very physical match between the two hungry teams with multiple yellow cards and injuries on the field.

The Yellow Jackets managed to knot the match halfway through the second half with a goal from Diego Leon. The fans in the stands got so rowdy that officials had to stop the game and the athletic director had to confiscate noisemakers and cowbells. 

With around 16 minutes left in the game, a red card was called in the box against Woodford, setting up Charlie Hogg for a penalty kick and a chance to take the lead. The Yellow Jacket sideline was very upset with Coach Fonyam Atanga and the Woodford fans got extremely vocal about the call. Hogg nailed the penalty kick to take the 2-1 lead and the Titans defense did the rest to secure the win and the championship.

After the game, the All-Tournament players were recognized with Collins’ Arthur Dominguez, Charlie Hogg, Peyton Frick, Dalton Thompson, and Jack Lingo. Lingo was also recognized as the Tournament MVP as well.

“It feels really great that we got this win and I’m just glad I was able to help my team.” Lingo said after the game.

The Titans faced the Carroll County Panthers in the first round of the 8th Region Boys Soccer Tournament at Collins High School.