By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A battle of one loss teams went the way of the Lady Cardinals Monday night as South Laurel defeated visiting Lincoln County, 4-3.
“Big win for us,” South Laurel coach Todd White said. “That’s why we put teams like this on our schedule, to make us better.”
Both teams entered the game with identical 7-1-1 records. Lincoln County’s lone loss was to Boyle County, while South Laurel’s blemish was at the hands of Madison Central.
It was also a match featuring two explosive offenses led by South’s Karli Parker and Lincoln’s Rachel Spangler. The Lady Cards came into the game averaging 5.1 goals per game while the Lady Patriots averaged 5.6.
In the end it would be three goals by Parker that proved to be the difference as the South defense held Spangler to just one. Parker now has 31 goals on the season.
Even though Parker scored three of the four goals, White said it wasn’t just her against the Lady Patriots.
“Our forwards stepped it up,” White said. “We can’t rely on one player. Our girls adjusted well, and we needed this victory.”
Parker opened the scoring in the 7th minute off an assist from Holly Smith. Parker assisted on the next goal in the 13th minute as Kristen White beat the keeper as a stunned Lady Patriot team found themselves trailing 2-0 13 minutes into the match.
Seconds after the White goal Lincoln County (7-2-1) got one of those goals back as Macy Kaiser beat Baily Miller to cut the lead to 2-1. It stayed that way until the 23rd minute when Spangler’s goal tied the match at 2-2.
Just when it looked like Lincoln County had the momentum South Laurel (8-1-1) snatched it right back when Parker took the ball down the left side all the way to the end line, cut back and blasted a shot past keeper Jerrica Kidd from close range to give her team a 3-2 halftime lead.
An almost identical goal from Parker came in the 43rd minute to up the lead to 4-2. It remained a two-goal game until the 75th minute when Michaela Sebastian found the back of the net for Lincoln County to cut the South lead to 4-3.
The game marked the return of Casey Toby to the South Laurel line-up and White said that allowed him to move Shelby Davis up top against the physical Lady Patriot defense.
“We needed a big, physical player up top,” White said. “To win the balls we needed to, and Shelby did just that. Amy Fouts also played a good game. Our girls played well. Lincoln has a good team and I thought we neutralized Spangler. We shut her down and took her out of her position. Meredith (McCowan) and Holly (Smith) did a good job on her.”
The Lady Cards traveled to take on Whitley County Tuesday night and will stay on the road Thursday for a game at Lafayette.