Todd White likes where his team is at right now.
After starting the season 2-4-1, the South Laurel Lady Cardinals have now won five in a row with Monday night’s 8-0 shutout of visiting Pulaski County.
“We put two halves together,” White said. “We are starting to come together as a team.”
During this five game win streak, South Laurel (7-4-1) have outscored its opponents 41-1. The only team to score against them was Corbin. This was also keeper Charity Humfleet’s fourth straight clean sheet.
“Charity has developed so much since last year,” White said. “She’s so aggressive. I’m proud of her.”
White also praised the play of the girls in front of her.
“Amy (Fouts) and Sarah (DeCarlo) in the back, you can’t ask for better.”
Offensively, the Lady Cards were led by Mariah House, who recorded a hat trick, while Haley House added two. In all, five different Lady Cardinals score.
“I like to see multiple players score,” White said.
By halftime the outcome was pretty much decided, as South built a 5-0 lead.
The first goal came from Karli Parker in the 11th minute off a nice through ball from Fouts. Less than a minute later, Mariah House chipped a nice shot from the left side over the keeper’s head and into the goal.
In the 16th minute it was Haley House’s turn when Holly Smith got the ball to Sierra Forbes, who passed it onto House to make it 3-0. Meredith McCowan upped the score to 4-0 in the 30th minute off an assist from Parker, then in the 34th minute, Parker found Kayla Cornett, who crossed the ball to the front of the goal where Haley House tapped it in.
Within the first five minutes of the second half the Lady Cards scored twice to make it 7-0. Parker crossed the ball in the 43rd minute that deflected off a player and right to Smith, who blasted her shot into the back of the goal. Then in the 45th minute, Parker was taken down in the box, giving South a penalty kick. Mariah House converted from the spot. She scored her third goal late in the game after getting past the Pulaski County defense.
“This team is extremely smart,” White said. “Pulaski had a game plan to play for offsides, and we adjusted well. When a team plays you deep you have to play outside in. This team is the best I’ve had at halftime adjustments. Our soccer IQ is growing.”
South Laurel now has a tough game Saturday when East Jessamine visits.
“They will be a step up for us,” White said. “We’ve got some good teams left on our schedule that I think will get us ready come tournament time.”
Last Thursday, South Laurel traveled to Middlesboro and came away with a 16-0 win.
Parker scored three, while Tana Collett, Sarah DeCarlo, Amy Fouts, Haley House, Mariah House, Logan Joyce, Meredith McCowan, Tiffani Moore, Kelsey Reed, Ariel Rudd, Regan Rutledge, Holly Smith and Kristen White added the other goals.