As the season has progressed, Todd White has seen his team’s chemistry grow and grow.
“This team has really started to bond,” White said after his South Laurel Lady Cardinals blanked Whitley County, 10-0, Thursday night.
The Lady Colonels (3-7-0), a first-year varsity program, was totally overmatched against the four-time defending region champion Lady Cardinals. South Laurel (7-5-0) scored eight goals in the first half alone, the first coming just two minutes into the match when Katie White cut through the Whitley defense and scored one of her two goals.
From there, the goals continued to come. Some nice passing led to the second goal in the 5th minute. Jessie Perkins, playing in the back, got the ball to Kelsey Jones, who passed it to White. White then found Sloane Salisbury, who then hit Tana Collett with a nice pass. Collett finished off the play by beating the keeper to make it 2-0. Collett would also finish with two goals in the game, the second coming in the 12th minute, which gave South a 4-0 lead.
Before that goal, the Lady Cards were awarded a corner kick in the 9th minute. Salisbury took the corner, and her curving ball found Kayse Cornett, who headed the ball in.
Salisbury got in the scoring column in the 27th minute off a pass from Cornett Then in the 27th minute, White scored her second goal for a 6-0 lead.
Seven minutes later, in the 38th minute, Jessie Perkins, who had moved up top to her more natural position, hit a beautiful side volley to make it 7-0. Just seconds later, sophomore Kayla Cornett had the ball on the left side, and got her shot off just as a Whitley player knocked her to the pitch. The ball sailed into the upper right of the goal, giving South an 8-0 half-time lead.
“We wanted to show some mercy,” White said. “We didn’t want to end the game at the half.”
With the game well in hand, it allowed White to use every player on the bench, some in positions they regularly don’t play.
“We tried switching positions, just to mix things up,” White said.
Sarah DeCarlo scored in the 49th minute, then in the 63rd, South ended the game with the mercy rule when Perkins intercepted a goal kick and volleyed in her second goal for the 10-0 final. It was South’s second straight 10-0 win. The Lady Cards beat Bell County earlier in the week.
“We were a Boyle County to them, like Boyle County was to us,” White said. “By playing a lot of players, it gives our team experience and helps build the program. You can’t replace that.”
The win was also South Laurel’s fifth in a row.
“We having fun on the southside playing soccer,” White said.
The Lady Cards played host to Danville on Saturday, and will travel to take on Mercer County Tuesday.
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