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Lady Cats topple rival CC for first win ever

Three years of futility by North Harrison’s girls soccer team were washed away with a dunk of the ice bucket last Wednesday night in Ramsey.
The Lady Cats, who had never won a varsity match in the history of the program, not only came away victorious, but scored the inaugural victory against none other than arch-rival Corydon Central, 5-2.
After taking a ceremonial victory lap with his team, North coach Matt Jolley started an interview with members of the media and was only a few words into his first comment when a couple of seniors snuck up from behind and drenched the Englishman with ice cold water.
‘Oh, boy! I’ve got to ride home, too,’ Jolley said, after catching his breath. ‘That’s really cold, but I’ll take it. I’m too happy right now to be upset.
‘Ashley Uhl, be ready to practice tomorrow,’ he yelled to one of his seniors. ‘You’ll love it.’
Last year, the Lady Panthers swept North, 2-1 and 4-2. This time, however, the Lady Cats took an early lead and never looked back.
Senior Kelly Thevenot booted the first goal inside the first minute and another nearly 11 minutes later on a pass from Uhl.
‘Our problem this year has been with confidence,’ Jolley said. ‘We play the bigger schools and get down by a goal or two and we’re done. (Thevenot’s) goal settled us down and gave us confidence, I think.’
Corydon head coach Kyle Jones said the early score put his team on its heels.
‘I don’t know what happened. I don’t think our eyes were open on that play. It’s sort of been how our season has been with mental lapses,’ Jones said. ‘They watch the ball instead of who they are supposed to be guarding.’
The lead was extended with 26:31 showing after Jackie Sauerheber tipped a shot in, and junior Samantha Shirk knocked in another goal with 19:29 left in the opening half.
The Lady Panthers (1-4) finally got on the board in the 25th minute after senior midfielder Daniele Conway hooked one around the post and through the hands of North freshman keeper Sarah Dragoo. The ball still had enough curve to it that it sneaked through to the net.
The score remained 4-1 until the half.
Corydon played like a different team in the second frame, taking seven shots on goal before North (1-4) got off an attempt.
After a wild flurry in front of the net, sophomore forward Kelly Eberly headed one in at 25:41 to trim North’s lead to 4-2.
Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers, the final goal of the game was scored by the home team: Sauerheber blasted a shot to the back right corner to set the final score at 5-2.
For the game, North took 19 shots on goal, with 14 coming in the first half. Corydon took six shots in the first half and finished with 14.
Jones saw hope with his team’s inspired play in the second half.
‘We’re young and have a lot of girls who haven’t played soccer before and tend to make rookie mistakes. I just think at halftime they looked up and saw the score and it upset them,’ Corydon’s coach said. ‘They were not happy with that, and they came out and played better in the second half.’
North Harrison’s bragging rights are only for a week, as of now anyway. The two teams square off again at Corydon tomorrow (Thursday) at 5:30.
Said Jones, ‘If we can play North next week the way we played in the second half, I think we’ll be OK.’
‘It will be a good rematch,’ Jolley said. ‘Corydon is a good test for us. Tonight was a good match, and the only thing I was disappointed in was the fans. All I heard were Corydon fans, and I’d like to change that the next time we play. I’d like to have a bunch of North Harrison fans helping us.’

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