LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A 65th minute goal by Kristen White broke a 0-0 deadlock and looked to have given South Laurel a victory over visiting Danville Thursday night in girls’ soccer.
But a careless foul with two minutes left gave the Lady Admirals a free kick 25 yards from goal. Alexa Burks sent her shot in from the left side and beat keeper Charity Humfleet to the far post, ending the game in a 1-1 draw.
“We outplayed them, no doubt about it,” South Laurel coach Todd White said. “Our defense is starting to pick up. We had a senseless foul late and that gave them their goal.”
Neither team could find the back of the goal in the first half, even though both had chances. White had two shots saved by Danville (1-1-2) keeper Mary Scott Bugg within the first seven minutes of the game.
The Lady Cardinals (1-3-1) started to pick things up in the second half, especially Meredith McCowan, who had three good chances within a two minute span. In the 50th minute she sent a shot just over the bar, then in the 52nd minute, one shot was saved and the other went wide.
Karli Parker also had two nice chances, in the 49th and 59th minutes, but one hit the side netting while the other was tipped out by Bugg for a cornerkick.
“Karli has had trouble finding the back of the net recently,” White said. “She scored most of our goals in the Bluegrass Games, and we are waiting for her to get her groove back. It will come. I think she is pressing a little bit right now.”
With all the chances in the second half you got the feeling that a goal was coming for the Lady Cardinals. It finally did in the 65th minute.
Mariah House got the ball to Parker, who sent a short cross in front of the goal where White was unmarked. She easily scored for the 1-0 lead.
“All three of our forwards were responsible for that goal,” White said.
Now it was Danville’s turn to put pressure on the South goal. In the 70th minute a shot by Samantha Sandidge was saved by Humfleet. Humfleet made another save on Sandidge in the 73rd minute before Burks tying goal with two minutes left.
“We’ve been possessing the ball better,” White said. “That’s been our focus all year. I’m pleased with the way we worked the ball. I think this is the fifth straight year we’ve tied Danville.”
The Lady Cards were at Montgomery County Saturday and will be on the road at Madison Central tonight.