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Anderson County High School senior Kara Yeaste became the girls' soccer program's all-time assist leader Thursday night against Franklin County. Yeaste now has 44 assists in her career, one more than Jessica Mullins and Paige Clark.
Previously unreported games
Anderson ended the regular season last week with impressive wins over Shelby County and John Hardin and was leading highly-regarded Tates Creek when the game was called because of field conditions.
The Lady Bearcats whipped visiting Shelby, 3-0, on Oct. 5.
“They are a very young team,” Anderson coach Jason Earnest said of Shelby, “but have a lot of talented players that are just green. We controlled the game and had some good chances but their keeper played well and their defense did a great job.”
Earnest said it was a game in which Anderson was able to work on patience, ball control and getting good shots.
“I think the game really benefited us,” he said. “Shelby has a well-coached team and they played within their game plan.”
The Lady Bearcats dominated John Hardin5-1, leading 3-0 at the half and never really being threatened. “I was really pleased with our first half,” Earnest said. Anderson gave up just two shots in the first 40 minutes.
John Hardin's only goal came after what Earnest called “a communication breakdown” led to a free kick that the Lady Bulldogs converted.
“We played very well after that to finish out the game,” Earnest said. “This was another game where we controlled possession and had to be patient with the ball. They had a very good keeper that we had to work around to get good shots.”
Anderson was leading Tates Creek midway through the first half last Saturday when the game was called. Madison Carter had scored for the Lady Bearcats but the pitch had become a quagmire and the officials called the game off to prevent someone from getting hurt.
Earnest said it was “a game that we probably would not have played if it wasn't for Senior Day and also the last possible day to play. The field was a mud pit and honestly, we shouldn't have played. But I really wanted to recognize the special senior, Kara Yeaste. She deserved that game. We were dominant, but were playing in the muck and Tates Creek was obviously not happy to be there playing in the muck.”
Earnest, however, said that he was grateful that Tates Creek agreed to try to get the game in. “It would have been easy to say, 'No, we aren't doing this.' The refs also wanted us to ge Senior Day in.”
While Anderson did not get some revenge – Tates Creek had beaten Anderson in a tournament at Boyle County – the Lady Bearcats showed they were getting back to the form that had boosted them to a Top 10 ranking earlier in the season.
“I was perfectly fine with the ref calling the game, making it unofficial,” Earnest said. “We proved something to ourselves. We played well, we got Kara Yeaste her Senior Day and we had no injuries.”