GIRLS' SOCCER: Despite mounting injuries, Lady Bearcats get two wins

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Key district match at Spencer set for Monday

By John Herndon

Somehow, Anderson County is getting the job done in girls' high school soccer.

Injuries keep mounting for the Lady Bearcats, sidelining two more starters to a team already thin because of a plethora of hurts, but they registered two wins last week to move above .500.

The Lady Bearcats routed Owen County, 5-2, in a match not nearly as close as the score indicates, and took a 3-2 decision on the road at Madison Central in what might be their most impressive win of the year.

A district matchup with Shelby County, scheduled for last Wednesday, was postponed because of storms in the area. No makeup date had been set at press time.

Thursday, however, the Lady Bearcats showed why their record, now 5-4-1, is deceptive. Allie Johnson, Makenzie Cann and Madeline Wilson all scored as the Lady Bearcats overcame an early 1-0 deficit to defeat a team that was 9-1 going into the contest.

“Their only loss was to West Jessamine, a Top 15 team,” Anderson coach Jason Earnest said. “After watching our JV team lose 5-0, I wasn't sure what we were in for, but I do know my team has been improving throughout the year. We really seemed ready to play.”

Anderson overcame an own goal that gave Madison Central a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the contest. The Lady Bearcats tied things in the 30th minute when Allie Johnson countered a Madison Central attack, took the ball drove the ball into the net.

“Allie made a tremendous touch on the ball and she was off to the races,” Earnest said. “She took a touch away from pressure, then buried a shot past the keeper.”

Johnson, however, gave the Lady Bearcats a scare with 16:30 to play when she and a Madison Central defender collided and Johnson's head and upper back hit the ground. She left the field in an ambulance, but suffered no broken bones and returned home that night. Johnson missed the remainder of that game and the Owen County game. The date of her return was unclear at press time.

What was clear was that Johnson's injury ignited a fire under the Lady Bearcats, according to Earnest.

“This was a scary moment for us, as Allie hit the ground so hard,” he said. “I knew she was hurt but right away, I felt better that she was moving her hands, arms, legs and feet. … The team rallied around Allie's injury.”

Anderson took the lead three minutes later when Cann delivered what Earnest called a”fantastic half-volley” into the net off a corner kick from Andrea Melanson to make it 2-1.

After just another three minutes, the Lady Bearcats got some insurance when Madeline Wilson drilled a penalty kick.

Madison Central scored two minutes later, but Anderson held on for the final eight minutes.

“The game was really back-and-forth,” Earnest said. “We probably had the better possession but not by a lot. They were a very dangerous attacking team. They had a nice offensive scheme that we took awhile to adjust to.”

Saturday, the Lady Bearcats rolled to a win at Owen County, a former district foe, despite being without a number of players with injuries.

Anderson blitzed to a 4-0 halftime lead as the Lady Bearcats dominated posession. Yet Earnest said, “Owen County played a very nice offside trap, catching us offside about 15 times. It was frustrating.”

Anderson scored when Carrie Isaacs scored on a pass from Lindsay Chelf midway throught the first half. Cann followed with another goal off a pass from Sandra Nava and Brittany Frith found the net on a rebound from her own penalty kick.

Anna Cornish also scored before the break and Autumn Miller found the net in the second half.

The Lady Bearcats suffered another injury when Niki Curtsinger took a hard hit and will likely be out of action as the Lady Bearcats play in the Boyle County Invitational Tournament this week.

Anderson will have a very important district match Monday, Sept. 17, at Spencer County. The Lady Bearcats need a win to stay at the top of the 30th District standings.


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