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Lindsey Evanas (right) tries to get past a Ricmond Model player.

RICHMOND—North Laurel coach Becki Woodworth noticed an unwanted trend. She shouted from the sideline for her team to wake up. Before they woke up a 1-1 halftime tie became a four-goal deficit.

“We didn’t show up in the second half at all,” Woodworth said.

Richmond Model and the Lady Jaguars both entered Monday’s game in Richmond with 2-0 records. Only Model remains unbeaten after the 5-2 win.

North Laurel defeated Lincoln County 5-3 over the weekend behind two goals each from Lindsey Evans and Stacy Vanderplug. It was in that game Woodworth first became concerned about her team’s second-half play. They were up 4-0 before allowing Lincoln County to rally.

Model and North looked like evenly matched teams the first 40 minutes. Meredith White opened the scoring for Model. North Laurel countered with 6:14 in the half when Amy Patton was in the right place to follow a carom off another player’s leg.

The second half opened as one-sided as Model opened with an aggressive attack.

White said her team motivated each other at halftime to take control.

“We had a talk at halftime and just decided to bring it on,” White said.

It didn’t take long. North keeper Neidra Lundy made a couple of quick stops, but couldn’t stop them all. Model’s Alex Kubala opened the second half scoring by following a corner kick that hit the goal. Woodworth began challenging her team to respond. Less the five minutes into the second half, Madison Cornette made it 3-1 when she followed a looping shot for an easy goal.

“We had no energy. It was almost like it was easier to stand there and hope the ball came to us instead of going and getting it and making something happen ourselves,” Woodworth said.

In the 28th minute, Lundy lost a footrace to the ball with White winning for the chip shot and a 4- 1 lead. Three minutes later, a handball set up White’s third goal of the game.

“ We have skilled players in the back and in the front and we can pretty much get it done when we need too,” White said.

North added a second goal with two seconds to play on a goal kick by Rachel Lewis.

The Model field is much shorter and wider than most high school fields, but Woodworth would not use that as an excuse for the loss.

“That hurt us some too, but we have to adjust to that. It hurt us because we like to play across. Our girls couldn’t find their range,” Woodworth said.

North Laurel will travel to take on Berea Thursday.

Mitch Howard can be reached at mhoward@sentinel-echo.com

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