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Holy Whooley!

Holy Whooley!
Holy Whooley!
Corydon Central senior Sharon Brown, left, dueled with North Harrison's Jackie Sauerheber in last Thursday's match between the two rival schools. The Lady Panthers doubled up NH, 4-2. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

Corydon Central senior Erin Whooley rallied the hosts past North Harrison Thursday evening, scoring all of her team’s points in a 4-2 victory to complete a regular-season sweep against her school’s rival.
The Lady Cats jumped ahead on goals by Jackie Sauerheber and Samantha Shirt, but with 4:07 left to the half, Whooley kicked one to the back right of the goal to knot the contest at 2-2.
Lady Panther senior Sharon Brown took a shot on goal, but the ball was headed by a North player and rebounded in front of the net. Whooley then tipped the loose ball past the Lady Cats’ goalie to take the lead in the fifth minute of the second half.
Corydon added an insurance goal with 8:54 left.
Brown blasted a corner kick to the front of the net. After a short-lived scrum, Whooley knocked in her fourth and the game’s final goal.
‘Erin played her best game this season,’ Panthers coach Kyle Jones said. ‘She knows the game well. She knew where she needed to be and trusted that her teammates would be there to support her and get her the ball and they did.
‘The girls really responded this past week in practice and realized that they are legitamate contenders in every game that we play. They have that confidence as a team that they can stand up to the New Albany, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville teams and beat them.’
Corydon keeper Kate Bennett stuffed several shots on goal to help solidify the win.
‘Kate played an exceptional game,’ Jones said. ‘It was her best game all season. She faced a range of diverse shots from North Harrison’s strikers and midfielders. I had about 15 shots recorded for North Harrison, and she had 10 saves. The poise and confidence she possesed the entire game was the foundation behind our win … ‘
In addition to Whooley’s goals, both Brown and Kelly Eberly had two assists apiece for the Lady Panthers.
‘All the girls are improving with their skills and knowledge of the game. We have never played better soccer this entire season than the way we played (against North Harrison). When I left the field, I felt so proud for each and everyone of those girls for the efforts they put forth,’ Jones said. ‘The girls responded at halftime, and the entire second half we took North Harrison out of their game and started playing our style of soccer.’
Corydon Central returns to the field today at Floyd Central (5:30), then hosts Meade County Saturday at 11 a.m.
The Lady Cats won’t see action again until Oct. 5, when they’ll travel to Northeast Dubois for a 6 p.m. start.
Pairings for the Indiana High School Athletic Association state tourney will be held Sept. 29.