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CC, NH eliminated from sectional

At least for another year, there will be no giant killings or a first-ever tournament win at the Jeffersonville girls soccer sectional.
Both Corydon Central, which upset New Albany in the first round last season, and North Harrison, which is looking for its first tournament win, were eliminated last night in the opening round of the sectional.
Corydon held a 1-0 lead in the early going of last night’s opening round against Floyd Central.
Sophomore Kelly Eberly kicked a shot to the back left corner at the 30:32 mark to put her club out front.
A goal by Floyd Central’s Chelsea Stanley was waved off with 19:27 showing, however Stanley came back with another goal ‘ this one actually going into the books ‘ just over three minutes later.
Stanley, a junior, struck again with 6:35 left in the first half in what proved to be the game-winner.
At the half, the Lady Panthers trailed by a slim, 2-1 margin.
‘That in of itself is one goal for us. Even though we didn’t win the game, it’s a goal for us to compete at their level. For a half, we were right with them,’ Corydon coach Kyle Jones said. ‘Every goal that accumulates, it gets in your head. That’s been a downfall this season. When we get down a goal or two, we start to think there’s no way we can catch up.’
In the second half, Corydon managed to get off just two shots on goal, while Floyd Central took 19 attempts.
Kelsey Traughber was credited with a goal for Floyd even though it looked as if a Lady Panther player had accidently tipped the ball into her own net on a rebound. Less than five minutes later, Whitney McInnis pushed Floyd Central’s lead to 4-1.
McInnis, Stanley and Julee Halas rounded out the scoring for the winners, 7-1.
Jones praised the effort of his seniors, who he said kept his team in the match in the first half.
‘They were the core girls who really helped us stay with Floyd in the first half,’ Corydon’s coach said. ‘They will be tough to replace because they’ve been in the program since the beginning and have a ton of experience. They’ve been through a lot together.’
The Lady Panthers (3-11) lose Daniele Conway, Brittany Fessel, Kate Bennett, Felicia Fey, Amanda Schenck, Ava Pendleton and Amber Harl to graduation.
Fessel, who withstood most of the shot attempts by Floyd, earned additional praise by Jones.
‘This was probably her best match. She’s improved so much over the season and if you are going to have your best match, this is the place to do it,’ Jones said.
While Fessel faced a whopping 35 shot attempts, North Harrison’s keeper, Sarah Dragoo, only saw eight shots by Jeffersonville.
Four of the shots found the net as the Lady Devils posted a 4-0 victory.
The Lady Cats, who were without star senior Keo Perryman (injury) had only one shot on goal, which came midway through the first half.
Jeffersonville sophomore Kaylea Lipps scored on a rebound just 51 seconds into the affair.
Junior Mallory Cheever added another score at the 12:15 mark to put the halftime score at 2-0.
With 21:22 left in the second half, Chelsea Grover, a junior, scored and then Lipps notched her second goal of the game.
The Lady Cats sport five seniors: Perryman, Jackie Sauerheber, Denise Bube, Kelly Thevenot and Ashley Uhl.
After the match, Sauerheber received special recognition for pulling the iron-woman double. Prior to competing as a forward in the soccer sectional, she ran in the Crawford County Cross Country Sectional and finished 18th for the Lady Cats.
Sectional play continues on Thursday as Floyd Central battles Jeffersonville and New Albany takes on Providence.
The final is Saturday at 3 p.m.