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Madison Carter scored a pair of first half goals and Rebecca Radcliffe turned in one of her finest games ever in the net as 21st-ranked Anderson County whipped No. 20 Tates Creek 3-0 in girls' soccer action Monday in Lexington.
"I thought that we played our best since leaving pre-season team camp at Western Kentucky University," said Anderson coach Jason Earnest. "This was the team I was hoping we could be. We passed the ball extremely well and were really able to determine the pace of play and
the style of play. Playing on a very large field with a perfect surface really helps us, as I think there will be few teams that can match us in speed and skill."
Tates Creek plays on a flat artificial turf field.
Carter got Anderson going about 9 minutes into the contest. Earnest said Carter "made a very nice move and cut to the center of the field from about 18 yards and hit a gorgeous left footed shot that bent around the keeper and just inside the far post."
Carter struck again later in the first half when Taylor Clark made a terrific pass to Carter for the goal.
Radcliffe had a pair of big saves in the first 40 minutes, denying the Creekers on a corner kick then making a diving stop of an open shot inside the final 30 seconds.
Kara Yeaste completed the scoring midway through the second half, taking a pass from Hannah Pritchert for the score.
Anderson won its fourth straight after falling in the season opener at Woodford County. Tates Creek dropped to 6-3.
"Over all, I thought we played exceptionally well as a team. Our defense was superb and answered any challenges," Earnest said."Even more so, our defense would start the attack quite often as they were able to pass so well out of the back and hit our midfield targets.
"The girls came in excited to play against a good team like Tates Creek and it showed. We were ready to play and I hope we continue on this path."
Anderson returns to action at home Wednesday, Sept. 10 against district rival Western Hills, then travel to 24th-ranked Paul L. Dunbar Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.