GIRLS' SOCCER: Bethlehem tries to put damper on Lady Bearcat senior night

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By John Herndon

Bethlehem tried to put a damper on Senior Night for Anderson County girls' soccer, but the weather had already done that last Wednesday.

The teams played to a scoreless tie, the second time they had dont that this year. Bethlehem was awarded a victory in the earlier meeting, at the Boyle County Invitational Tournament, when the Bardstown school prevailed in a shootout.

Anderson coach Jason Earnest noted, “160 minutes of play yielded zero goals total for both teams.”

Last Wednesday, though, Anderson still had a good night as the Lady Bearcats said good-bye to four seniors who were playing their final regular-season game on the home pitch. Morgan Abner, Brittany Frith, Caitlyn Maillet and Andrea Melanson were recognized for their contributions to the program prior to the game.

Maillet and Frith have missed much of the season with injuries, but were not kept out of the long-standing tradition of seniors starting their final home game. “We had Caitlyn on crutches and Brittany in a knee brace,” Earnest said. “Those two started the game, for five seconds, as we kicked the ball out of bounds and got our kids out of the game. I was glad to see them get the opportunity to start one more game.”

In a back-and-forth affair, Earnest said the teams matched each other. “Possession was probably very even and it wasn't a pretty game as the field was a little sloppy. They probably had the better chances in the first half, but nothing that was considered a great chance. We didn't either. I don't remember any good shots in the first half.”

Earnest said both teams picked things up a notch after halftime and that his defender, Niki Curtsinger, saved the Lady Bearcats. “Niki did a fantastic job in the second half of really pressuring their forward that was creating their chances, making her take off-balance shots or cutting down her angle.”

But Anderson could not convert.

“We played really well and had three or four very good chances and near-misses to win the game, but were either just off on the last pass or unable to connect on a cross to an open player. Our effort was there.”

Earnest, however, chose to remember his four seniors. “The four seniors are special and each of them bring something great to our team,” he said. “Unfortunately, two of them have been injured throughout their career. They both wanted a great senior year and were playing extremely well this summer before coming down with those knee injuries.”