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FRANKFORT – Every time Franklin County cleared a ball over the top or took its sweet time to get things moving Monday night, it was a lesson to remind Anderson County of the pecking order in the 25th District of girls' high school soccer.
The scoreboard recorded that Anderson earned an impressive 4-1 win over a team that was 10-3-1 heading into the match.
But it was not impressive enough.
Anderson needed a win of at least five goals to overtake Woodford County in the tie-breaker, but Franklin simply refused to allow to capitalize on the chances it had to score again. Anderson took 23 shots on goal to Franklin's four, according to Anderson stats, but frustration was the name of Anderson's second half game as Franklin played long ball to keep Anderson away from the net.
“They were content to play us in the district tournament instead of Woodford County. Woodford has dominated this district for so long.”
Anderson took a 3-1 lead at halftime after Madison Carter, Taylor Clark and Caroline McDowell scored, but Franklin got a crucial goal that kept Anderson from sending the district tie-breaker to a coin flip.
While Anderson was without stellar goalie Emily Mager, who was sick, Earnest said backup Maddy Ruble was not at fault on Franklin's goal. “It was a defensive mistake on our part. Maddy could have done nothing about it. She make a great save in the second half.”
Carter found an open net with 5:36 to play to end the scoring. Anderson is now 11-3-2 and will be seeded second in the district tourney.
Lady Bearcats rout Frankfort, Greenwood
In other games last week, the Lady Bearcats rolled past Frankfort on Senior Night, then defeated Greenwood in a game played at Elizabethtown.
Earnest, who normally eschews keeping his regulars in the game against an overmatched foe, abandoned that policy in the 10-0 rout of Frankfort. Earnest allowed his seniors to play the entire 80 minutes, prompting Earnest to point out, “That could be viewed as running up the score possibly, but I do have a couple of seniors that haven't been getting a lot of playing time for different reasons.
All eight seniors found the net once with Elizabeth Mason and Hannah Pritchert both scoring twice. Other seniors are Madison Carter, Laura Drury, Katie Gustafson, Caroline McDowell, Abby Prater and Kemper Rogers.
Saturday, the Lady Bearcats whipped Greenwood, a school located in Bowling Green, 4-1.
Mager made a pair of saves in the first five minutes, plays that later turned out to be big for the Lady Bearcats.
Taylor Clark got Anderson on the board with a goal midway through the first half, then after Earnest issued a challenge to his team, the Lady Bearcats scored three times in the first eight minutes of the second half to go up 4-0. Pritchert, Mason and Carter all found the net while Clark had two assists in the explosion.
“We played really well for about 15 minutes,” Earnest said, “showing how we can play soccer.
Earnest said after the game was safely in hand, he substituted freely getting “everyone playing time and everyone playing different positions” as Earnest wants his team to become more versatile.