North Laurel's Andrew Kidd (left) and South Laurel's David Herron go for the ball.

A pair of goals by Dylan Berry were enough to give South Laurel a 2-0 win over rival North Laurel Thursday in the Laurel Derby.

Berry, who also scored a pair of goals in the preseason, scored once in each half.

The Cardinals senior opened the scoring with 19:50 in the first half when he followed a kick that ricocheted off the leg of a North Laurel player.

“I knew when I saw it bouncing I had to get it in,” Berry said.

North Laurel coach Abel Arellano said there were things his team could have done better on the first South Laurel goal. Most likely, the goal happened because someone dropped their man. Still, it came with a fortunate bounce and Berry being in the right place at the right time.

“I’ll let that one go,” he said.

The second goal didn’t sit as well with the first-year North Laurel coach. With 22:54 to play, Jonathon McClure headed the ball toward the goal and Berry was there to flick it into the goal.

“We needed a little more intensity there. We need to be a little more aggressive to the ball,” Arellano said.

Both teams were coming off of one-sided games in their season openers. Berry thought the Cardinals (2-0) played much better than in their 9-1 win over Monticello.

“It’s not as good as we can play, but it was better than Monday,” he said.

Arellano also felt much better after the second game than he did the first. It wasn’t as much about the closer score than the 8-1 loss to Pulaski Southwestern. He saw a team that played “tactically and technically better.”

“I have told our team not to look at the scoreboard. We are a new program and I am a new coach here,” he said.

The Jaguars (0-2) were able to get more shots on goal than in their opener. South Laurel keeper Tyler Huff never seemed in danger of allowing a ball past him. A stop by Huff with 24:20 drew a roar from the South Laurel crowd, but most were routine stops or wide kicks.

The play of goalkeeper Wheeler Painter has been a bright spot for the Jaguars with several strong stops and flying leaps. One of the hardest decisions the new North Laurel coach has had to make is whether to play Painter in the goal.

“He’s outstanding in the goal and in the field,” Arellano said.

South Laurel will travel to take on Garrard Co. tonight, while North Laurel will travel to Corbin on Tuesday.

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