By Mitch Howard
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
It wasn’t a bad end to the regular season for a team that at times had trouble finding enough healthy players to field a team. North Laurel blanked Pulaski County 5-0 for two wins and a tie in its last three games.
“We closed the season as well as we possibly could,” North Laurel coach Becki Woodworth said. “We have played well the last three games and stepped up last night, and played very strong, beating a decent team.”
Four different players scored for North Laurel, led by Jenna Rockwell with a pair of goals. Rockwell’s 11 goals lead the team, although she has played in just six games this season. Bella De la Pena and Sidney Reed each scored their seventh goals of the season, tying them for second on the team with Samantha Helton. Olivia Vandy also scored for North Laurel.
“We are moving the ball well and playing very confident,” Woodworth said. “We are excited and ready for the district tournament. “
North Laurel is hosting the 49th District Tournament next week. They know they will face Corbin, although dates and times have not been released. Corbin won the regular season meeting at North Laurel 4-2.
“I feel like we have had a successful season. We have fought through a lot of ups and downs as far as our record is concerned and had a lot of issues with depth, but we simply kept playing. We kept showing up day after day, working hard and improving, hopefully that will all pay off next week,” Woodworth said.
The Lady Jaguars put Pulaski County away with a strong second half after taking a 1-0 lead into halftime. Rockwell scored the first goal with 22:19 in the first half after creating a shot from the top of the box. At halftime, Woodworth would challenge her team to make sure seniors Chelsey Hensley, Rosie Ellison, and Brianna Barnard had a proper Senior Night send off.
“I told them to give 200 percent for the first 5 minutes of the second half to score another goal and take control of the game,” Woodworth said.
Vandy scored in 55 seconds on a perfectly placed shot from the corner of the box. Reed followed with a goal minutes later after dribbling across the end line and taking a tough angle. Rockwell and De la Pena would close out the scoring with long shots from outside the box.