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CC girls good as gold vs. Ft. Knox; NH falls to Jeff

The old clich’ is that cats have nine lives. Corydon Central seemed to have about twice that many Monday afternoon in a soccer match against Fort Knox.
The host Lady Panthers dodged several bullets in a game that was scoreless more than 73 minutes. Shots by Fort Knox were either just a few inches high or wide or hit a side post. One of the post-nailers ricocheted just in front of the goal line, and rolled all the way to the other side of the frame.
‘I was watching from over here, and I had thrown my hands up thinking it was in. Their bench was celebrating, and some of their players were celebrating, too. Everyone thought that went in. I don’t know how it didn’t,’ said Corydon first-year coach Kyle Jones.
‘I thought the girls were thinking too hard in the game, and all they had to do was envision the ball going in. You try to dribble in from the 18-yard line, and it’s just not going to happen. I encouraged them to shoot as much as they could, and it all paid off.’
Corydon scored its first victory of the season, 3-1.
Senior forward Erin Whooley, freshman forward Kelly Eberly and junior midfielder Brittany Neal all scored for the hosts.
Whooley punched one in first, ricocheting the ball off the back of Fort Knox freshman defender Brianna Derequ at the 7:21 in the second half.
After the score, the Lady Eagles (0-1) replaced junior keeper Amanda Cooper in the net.
A short time later, Neal tipped one between the legs of Derequ after a ricochet on a free kick. The ball rebounded off the second Fort Knox keeper, senior Sabrina Mehringer, and in front of Neal. With 5:46 left, Corydon led, 2-0.
The visitors made things interesting 3:30 later, when they were able to pull within one on a rebound kick past junior Corydon keeper Kate Bennett.
With 30 ticks left in the game, however, Eberly put the game out of reach by blasting a kick from 20 yards out and over the head of Mehringer.
‘We threw an extra forward in there with about 20 minutes to go in the second half, and that helped. It kind of got Fort Knox confused. It spread the defense out and allowed us an open shot,’ Jones said.
Corydon had 16 shots on goal to their opponents’ 14.
‘Our defensive line held strong,’ Jones added. ‘My stopper, Felicia Fey, held strong and stepped to the ball before they got to it.’
Also helping Fey in the back line and coming up with key stops were Danielle Conway, Amanda Schenck and Amber Harl. While she didn’t score, senior midfielder Sharon Brown saw a bulk of the midfield action.
Corydon tied New Albany 2-2 on Saturday, with goals coming from Whooley and Brown. The two losses for the Lady Panthers came at the hands of Floyd Central and Providence.
Corydon’s next match is at Madison next Tuesday.

Jeff 3, N.H. 0

North Harrison’s second-year girls soccer program lost its season and home opener Thursday night, but the setback may actually turn out to be a confidence booster.
A 35-minute lightning delay, followed by a solid defensive effort by the host Lady Cats held Jeffersonville at bay in the first half.
It wasn’t until the seventh minute of the second set that North Harrison keeper Kaitlyn Tluczek finally let one slip past.
Jeff’s Janelle Benevides tipped the ball to teammate Rachel Smith at close range. Tluczek was nearly powerless against the point-blank shot.
Chelsea Grover scored again for Jeff with 31:00 left, and Kayla Stansberry capped the scoring by booting a ricochet to the back of the goal.
The Lady Devils churned out a 3-0 decision to win their season opener.
First-year Lady Cat coach Paul Jolly said he couldn’t be any happier with his team’s effort.
‘I’m just very proud of them. They’ve come on so much since last year. I think experience will help them. They just make some silly mistakes. We’ll improve. We just need to work on our passing a little bit,’ Jolly said, with a thick English accent.
‘I know Jeffersonville is a good team. We played well against them.’
Jolly pointed out that North was without the services of Keo Perryman, who is still nursing a pulled groin suffered in the preseason.
‘She would have made a difference,’ he suggested.
The Lady Cats, who have just one senior, had only six shots on goal while Tluczek was peppered with 24 attempts.
They’ll travel to Bedford-North Lawrence on Sept. 4 in a noon kickoff.