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SOCCER: Lady Bearcats strike Collins early for district victory

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Johnson scores twice as Anderson clinches good district seed

By John Herndon

SHELBYVILLE – There would be no nail-biting and and very little worrying for Anderson County girls' soccer Monday night.

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Allie Johnson scored twice in the first 15 minutes to propel the Lady Bearcats to a 4-0 win over 30th District rival Collins Monday night.

The Lady Bearcats improved to 3-6-2 on the year, but most importantly, they moved to 2-1-0 in 30th District play. Anderson assured itself of no worse than the third seed in next month's district tournament and will most likely be the second-seeded team when the tournament kicks off.

Collins fell to 5-3 and 0-1. The teams could meet again in the first round of the district tournament.

Johnson gave the Lady Bearcats all the offense they would need less than seven minutes in when she took a pass, then got behind the Collins defense to drill a rocket into the net. “The keeper didn't have a chance,” Anderson coach Jason Earnest said.

Before the 15th minute, Johnson struck again, taking the ball from a defender then beating the defense and sending another jet to the net. “The keeper didn't have a chance on that one either,” Earnest said.

For all practical purposes, Anderson had earned its third win less than 15 minutes in.

“We have struggled a lot this year,” Earnest said. “Often the first half has been our bad half, but tonight, we had our best half of soccer since the pre-season.

By halftime, Anderson had built its margin to the 4-0 final as Madeline Wilson connected across the middle, then Claire Prater got fouled in the box and hit a penalty kick.

Anderson, which won last year's district tournament, turned the second half into a clinic on ball control and killing clock. “We talked about that at halftime,” Earnest said. “We knew it could get physical, so we told them to keep trying to move it around. We had a lot of passing and they had to be chasing us around.

“We were killing some clock, but we told the girls that if (a scoring opportunity) was there, to go forward.”

Anderson is now the only district team that has completed regular-season district play. Unless the Lady Bearcats end up in a three-way tie for the district championship, Anderson will be the No. 2 seed.

A three-way tie would happen if Collins wins its games against Shelby County and Spencer County. It appears that Spencer still has the inside track on the top seed no matter what happens.


 

Anderson fourth in Boyle tournament

The Lady Bearcats won one of three matches to take third place in the Little Caeasr's Classic, held last week at Boyle County High School.

Anderson defeated Bethlehem, 2-1, last Monday, then was shut out by the host school and Paul. L. Dunbar.

“Against Bethlehem, we played pretty good for a half, but then we played awful. Boyle County has a very good team and we played really good. They were up on us 1-0 in the first half, then they scored again about 15 seconds into the second half to win, 2-0. We had chances to score.

Dunbar posted a 3-0 win when the Lady Bearcats “played about as bad as we can play,” according to Earnest. “We were not ready to play.”

 

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