By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
This year’s version of the girls’ London Derby ended up being a walk in the park for South Laurel and the state’s leading scorer, Karli Parker, as she tallied seven goals in South Laurel’s 10-0 romp over North Laurel.
“Karli Parker is good,” North Laurel coach Becki Woodworth said. “South Laurel has a good team.”
Those seven goals gives Parker 28 on the season and 103 for her career. The county record is held by North Laurel’s Ashley Bradford, who scored 150 goals while a Lady Jaguar, and the South Laurel record is held by Amanda Harber with 148. The state record is 189 goals for a career.
The Lady Jaguars came into the match riding a three-game winning streak but were shorthanded against the Lady Cardinals with only two substitutes, and as the game wore on, North lost another player, Bella De La Pena, to an injury.
Meanwhile South Laurel was able to substitute freely and in the end just wore the Lady Jaguars out.
“We wore them down,” South Laurel coach Todd White said. “I don’t think we were very crisp in the first half. Any time we play a team that doesn’t pressure us that happens. I told them at the half that we needed to pick things up in the second half.”
Still, even though they weren’t crisp, the Lady Cards managed to hold a 6-0 lead at the half, five of the goals coming from Parker. The other goal was an own goal in the first minute of action.
“I told the girls at the half that it was Karli Parker 5, Us 1,” Woodworth said. “I thought we played well the first 20 minutes, came out and did a decent job, but they started to wear us down. When you only have 13 players and you’ve played some hard games you just run out of gas.”
Parker’s first goal came in the 12th minute off an assist by Shelby Davis. Parker would score again in the 15th and 24th minutes for a 4-0 lead.
She scored the fifth goal off a header from a corner kick by Kristen White at the half hour mark. Nine minutes later she scored again off a corner as South Laurel led 6-0 at the break.
She scored her final two goals of the game in the 41st and 43rd minutes to up the lead to 8-0. White (48th) and Regan Rutledge (67th) rounded out the scoring to make the final 10-0 due to the Mercy Rule.
“Our intensity came alive in the second half,” White said. “Our midfield played well and everybody started hitting on all cylinders.”
White was also pleased that he got several subs into the game.
“A lot of players got to play,” White said. “And it was nice for Regan (Rutledge) to get that goal. Our bench makes good things happen. The first half tonight I would give us a ‘C’ while the second half a ‘B+.’ We showed more intensity in the second half.”
North Laurel was scheduled to travel to Letcher County Central Saturday, then will host Corbin on Tuesday and Garrard County Thursday. Woodworth said all three are very winnable games for her team.
“We’ve either thumped or been thumped,” Woodworth said. “We’ve yet to play a competitive soccer game. These will be big games for us. We are building toward the district.”
South Laurel will host a tough Lincoln County team tonight and then travel to Whitley County Tuesday and Lafayette Thursday.
“This is a very tough stretch of games for us,” White said.