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North Harrison forward Cheyenne Byerly fires a shot, the eventual game-winnning goal, while Corydon Central's Olivia Lawson defends. The Lady Cats defeated Corydon Central 3-2. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Lady Cats knock off Corydon


September 25, 2013 | 10:45 AM

The rivalry between Corydon Central and North Harrison on the girls' soccer field has been one-sided for many years.

Breaking tradition was on the mind of the Lady Cats Thursday, as they celebrated a 3-2 upset of Corydon Central in Ramsey.

"It took good team work, playing together to get a nice win over our county rival," North Harrison assistant coach Cody Austin said.

With the score knotted at 2, Corydon Central controlled possession for much of the second half. That was until Kaitlyn Butler played a long through ball up the center of the Lady Panthers defense. Chasing down the ball was Cheyenne Byerley, who hit a shot while running full speed past the Corydon Central goal keeper.

Hugs from Kim Chiquito were part of celebration of Byerley's goal, along with plenty of Lady Cats' screams of joy.

"It was a great play by Kaitlyn Butler to play it through to Cheyenne Byerley," Austin said. "They did what I talk to them about, take good shots."

The goal came with 17:34 left in the game, but North Harrison was able to hang on to the lead.

When the final whistle blew and the Lady Cats shook hands with their opponents, North Harrison players held each other at midfield to sing and dance. The win is believed to be the second in the series between the rivals, with the last coming in 2005.

"We're 2-0 in conference," Austin said of the Mid-Southern Conference standings. "Beating Corydon puts us in the top position because Corydon is usually the team we are always chasing to get to."

The Lady Panthers have won every MSC girls' soccer title coming into the fifth year.

"It's in the past now," Corydon Central coach Kyle Jones said. "If something happens, we'll have to wait out and see what North Harrison does to see if we can get a piece of conference. North Harrison played a good game, but I thought we played a good second half but couldn't get one."

Meeting one week earlier in the Silver Creek Invitational, Corydon Central came away with the title by a similar score to Thursday's meeting, 3-2.

"It was tied at halftime, and they scooped in a goal pretty quick in the second half and the score stayed 3-2 the rest of the way," Austin said. "It was a nice scoreboard turnaround."

Austin said the team tinkered with its formation at the Invitational, but scrapped the change for the regular season meeting.

Scoring the game's first goal Thursday was Corydon Central's Aly Chambers in the seventh minute. The 1-0 Lady Panthers lead would stand for a while, until North Harrison scored two goals in less than two minutes.

Shelby Austin put in the equalizer with 11:48 to play. She was followed by Butler putting in a go-ahead goal in the 31st minute, putting the Lady Cats ahead 2-1.

Coming from the right side five minutes into the second half, Danielle Uesseler scored for Corydon Central to tie the game at 2. North Harrison, however, would come up with the game winner in the 53rd minute.

"Defensively, we played strong," Cody Austin said. "We got rattled a few times in the first half, but they held strong. Nicole Keene, our senior defender, she has played outstanding all season and was strong again today. Shaylah Neal did a great job in goal, too."

Austin said the team's strengths are offense and teamwork.

"It's like playing basketball; you can't score if you don't shoot," he said. "Now, I prefer they don't shoot from midfield, but we've had it happen in games before that the ball can bounce off the keeper's hands and go in."

For the Lady Panthers, they'll move forward. Jones said he was pleased with the first 10 minutes of the game, along with parts of the second half, but play was flat at other moments.

"We got the ball inside, outside and to the corner, and then it just seemed to stall there," he said. "That is what really hurt us. We got the ball to the area of the field where we could get a cross, but we couldn't get it off the foot quick enough."

North Harrison will seek to stay perfect in MSC play tomorrow (Thursday) when the Lady Cats visit Charlestown, while Salem heads to Corydon Central.

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