By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
When you are struggling, you will take any type of result that isn’t a loss.
South Laurel knows this all too well.
The Cards came into Monday night’s game with visiting Perry County Central losers of five straight and 11-of-their-last 12 matches. So a 1-1 draw was better than nothing.
“We played well,” South Laurel coach Amber Hensley said. “Once again we just couldn’t score.”
Well, not entirely, as Hunter House did find the back of the net in the 8th minute to give South Laurel (2-12-1) a 1-0 lead. But after that, despite numerous chances, the Cardinals just never score again.
But Perry County Central (8-3-2) could, in the 26th minute, when John Watts found himself unmarked in front of the South Laurel goal and calmly slotted a shot past keeper Zach Allen to tie the match at 1-1.
“We were unorganized on that goal,” Hensley said. “We were stabbing at the ball and the guy was unmarked.”
The second half saw both teams pressing for a winning goal, but both sides coming up empty. Once again it was South Laurel with numerous chances that it couldn’t put away.
In the 44th minute the Commodores’ keeper, Tyler Holland, made a save on a shot but couldn’t hold onto the ball. Kayne Hensley got a foot on the rebound but Holland was able to smother it.
At the hour mark House hit the side netting. Two minutes later, Hensley got his foot to a loose ball in front of the PCC goal but touched it just wide. In the final two minutes of the match South Laurel had three corner kicks but couldn’t convert on any of them.
The Cards are scheduled to host Richmond Model Tuesday night and then travel to Madison Southern Wednesday. South only has four games left before the district tournament starts.
“We’ve got to play together,” Hensley said. “Talk to each other and pass to the feet. If we do that we have got a chance. If not we’ll get what we’ve been getting.”