By Mitch Howard
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
In Monday’s battle of unbeaten teams, South Laurel scored the only goal but lost to Madison Central 1-0. The goal came with 13:40 to play when a shot by the Lady Indians’ Maryssa Stewart found the goal off the leg of the Lady Cardinals’ sweeper.
“It was probably a little miscommunication between our goalkeeper and our sweeper,” South Laurel coach Todd White said. “Maybe it was so bang bang it was just one of those things that happens in soccer games.”
The goal did not take away from what White thought was a great game between two good teams.
“It was kind of like a prize fight. It was back and forth. We had great opportunities. We had great segments through the first half and in the second half. And then they had great segments too,” White said.
What the Lady Cardinals didn’t get was a goal as the state’s leading scorer, Karli Parker. She was shut out for the first time this year after scoring 21 goals in the first seven games.
“Obviously it’s on the stat board that Karli is the leading scorer in the state. Anybody that plays us is going to know who No. 25 is,” White said.
Parker did get some good looks. One shot late in the game ricocheted off the post and gave her a second shot. Parker also got off a shot just as time expired that was corralled by the keeper. White wants to see scoring from more than Parker. Monday he saw flashes of how he wants his team to play.
“When we got behind you saw more of an urgency to score. We should do that all game,” White said.”If we do that all game and don’t rely on Karli as often and as much, if everybody starts helping her and moving forward like that we’re going to be a real hard team keep that ball out of the net.”
One thing White did not question was effort in a rough and sometimes rowdy game. There were two yellow cards and a lot of pushing and shoving.
“Our girls held their own. They were battling tooth and nail for the balls in the air and the balls on the ground,” White said. “I’m disappointed we lost, but I’m still proud of my girls. I feel like if I can get that kind of effort out of my girls every game, no matter what the score is I’m happy with it.”
Madison Central has allowed just four goals in seven games. Six of those games have been wins with a 1-1 tie against George Rogers Clark.
“It’s two undefeated teams. Madison Central is coming off a big win at Boyle County Thursday night. They’ve beaten some really good teams,” White said.
South Laurel was scheduled to host North Laurel on Thursday. And a tough Lincoln County team on Monday. Lincoln County’s only loss came to Boyle County.