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CC finishes strong, defeats Lady Cats, 4-1

CC finishes strong, defeats Lady Cats, 4-1
CC finishes strong, defeats Lady Cats, 4-1
Hannah Torres (23), a junior for Corydon Central, battles for a loose ball against Kelsey Brunner of North Harrison in the first half of Wednesday's match. Brunner accounted for her team's lone goal in North's 4-1 loss. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

North Harrison freshman Kelsey Brunner fired a shot across the nose of the sleeping Lady Panthers’ soccer team last Wednesday evening in Ramsey, giving the host club a surprising 1-0 lead.
‘I think we needed that. We wanted to put the pressure on them and be aggressive early and North Harrison got one on us,’ Corydon coach Kyle Jones said. ‘It woke us up.’
Woke up, indeed, as the visiting Lady Panthers scored four unanswered goals in a 4-1 victory over their rival.
The match was nearly six minutes old when Brunner powered a kick into the right side of the goal. Fourteen minutes later, a point-black shot by North Harrison was stopped by Lady Panther keeper Ashley Fried.
Corydon bounced back 16 minutes later as sophomore Emily Burks tipped a rebound to tie the game.
The Lady Panthers never looked back.
Junior forward Kelly Eberly attempted a cross pass to teammate Christine Berry, but the ball curved in the air and hit the goal’s support bar and ricocheted into the net to give Corydon a 2-1 advantage with 11:04 left in the first half.
With 46 ticks left in the opening stanza, Berry blasted a corner kick that Eberly headed into the goal.
‘That was probably the best goal we scored this season,’ Jones said. ‘We do header drills to get the girls accustomed to it and not be scared of the ball when it comes in. That one was just perfect.’
Just one score was recorded in the second half, as the Lady Panthers were the beneficiary of an own-goal by North Harrison midway through the second frame.
‘I thought the last 12 minutes of the second half, we played pretty well,’ Jones said. ‘It just took us a while to get going.’
After whipping Ft. Knox, 9-1, the Lady Panthers (2-4) fell to New Albany by a 6-1 margin and were shut out by Madison, 3-0.
‘Madison’s not a bad team. Even through we lost, we played well, so we were excited coming into this game,’ Jones said.
Corydon outshot North Harrison, 25-8; the same shots-on-goal numbers from the earlier boys match.
North Harrison’s first-year coach, Rick Snodgrass, said his club ‘ which features 12 sophomores and freshmen ‘ continues to improve each time it takes to the field.
‘We’re getting better and we’re learning as we’re going. Corydon is a solid team. They are more physical and get to the ball a lot quicker than we do,’ he said. ‘We need to work on our spacing and some of our passing, but as I said, we’re learning. I’m pleased with the hustle shown.’
The Lady Cats’ coach, who also leads the boys varsity basketball team, is the soccer club’s fourth skipper in five years.
‘I’ve enjoyed myself so far. I’m learning things just like the girls are. I’ve coached a lot of sports over my career and I’m having just as much fun coaching these girls as I have in anything.’
Corydon lost at the hands of Jeffersonville on Monday evening, 6-3. Eberly, junior Adrian Prescott and junior Chelsea Feller all scored for the Lady Panthers in the setback.
Corydon will battle North again tomorrow (Thursday) at home at 4:15. The Lady Panthers host Meade County at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
North Harrison’s soccer team will battle Northeast Dubois on Saturday at 11 a.m. in a girls-boys double-header, then travel to Floyd Central on Tuesday to take on the Highlanders in a 5:30 p.m. start.