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South Laurel’s Jessie Perkins (left) and Boyle County’s Kennedy Collier battle for possession of the ball.

Overmatched.

That’s how coach Todd White felt after his South Laurel Lady Cardinals fell to visiting Boyle Co., 7-0, last Thursday.

“We are what we are,” White said, as his team fell to 2-5 on the season. “But we are striving to get better. I’ve seen Boyle County take its program to another step over the past three years, while ours has stayed the same. We’ve not taken that step forward yet.”

White also believes a strong club program is needed in southeastern Kentucky if area teams want to be competitive with central Kentucky schools.

“Tonight showed you the difference between central Kentucky soccer and eastern Kentucky soccer,” White said. “It’s hard to say when a team is better than you, but when they are, they are.” He also noted that his team seems to have a hard time playing when the weather is hot, as it was at kickoff. “It mentally whips us. I expect it (a loss).”

Katie White saw limited action in this match, as she had been battling the flu. Her experience was missed in this match, even though her coach and father doesn’t believe the outcome would have been that much different had she been at full strength.

“We don’t have that experience to fill her shoes,” White said. “Had Katie played, we still probably would have lost, but it might not have been so bad.” Amy Fouts, who scored a goal in the win over Southwestern, also became ill during this match. Kayla Cornett suffered a neck injury when she collided with her twin sister, Kayse, late in the match.

Boyle County (5-1) was late getting to the match, thanks to a wreck on I-75 that tied up traffic. The Lady Rebels didn’t let that bother them, as they came out and took control of the match from the opening whistle, especially Kennedy Collier, who had three good chances in the first 30 minutes, but two went over the crossbar, while the other skimmed off the bar.

So with 30 minutes gone, the game was still scoreless. But not for long, as Boyle struck for three goals over the final 10 minutes to hold a 3-0 half-time lead. Meagan Curry scored in the 33rd minute and the 36th minute, and Kate Carmen added a goal in the 39th minute.

That flurry seemed to take the wind out of South’s sails, as Boyle added four more goals in the second half to complete the 7-0 shutout. Alex Combs (54th), Collier (65th, 66th) and Hannah Harris (74th) all found the back of the net in the second half.

White moved Jessie Perkins from defense to her more natural offensive position in the second half, and while she made some good runs, she, along with the rest of her team, couldn’t penetrate the Lady Rebel defense.

“We played a little better in the second half,” White said.

South Laurel will travel to face North Laurel Tuesday, then be at Madison Central on Thursday.

Denis House can be reached at sports@sentinel-echo.com

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