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Lady Panthers control match, settle for tie

Lady Panthers control match, settle for tie
Lady Panthers control match, settle for tie
Corydon Central's Katie Conrad passes the ball ahead beyond the reach of Madison defender Samantha Ritz. (Photo by Brian Smith)

The Corydon Central girls’ soccer team is still searching for its first win. If Saturday’s performance against Madison is any indication, that moment shouldn’t be far around the corner. It looked in the final 40 minutes of play against visiting Madison Saturday that the Lady Panthers would pull out a win. Yet a late Madison goal forced a 1-1 tie.
The game was scoreless until the 33rd minute when Corydon Central scored on a corner kick. From the right corner, senior Kelly Eberly lofted the ball to the front of the goal for junior Krista McKnight to put the ball in the back of the net.
‘That is what you want, to put the ball right in that area,’ said Lady Panther coach Kyle Jones. ‘Kelly has a good touch on the corner kicks. The girls are getting a little more confident with the ball coming in.’
Corydon Central (0-5-2) went into the half with the momentum, and it showed in the second half. Controlling the ball and holding possession about 75 percent of the time. The host had its chances to score but couldn’t put one through.
Jones said his team had been trapped in ‘kickball mode’ early in the season. The girls showed their coach they could possess the ball, dribble well and find open passes.
‘Our main goal was to play a possession style and they did,’ he said. ‘I think finishing is a problem we need to address. We’ve got the possession down; we just need to finish. We made the opportunities, but I don’t know if they are afraid to shoot.’
Despite controlling much of the second half, Madison was able to tie the match in the 65th minute. Cubs junior Sarah Mannix split defenders in the midfield then raced down the field to tie the game at 1-1.
Corydon Central pressed hard the final 15 minutes but couldn’t push one through.
‘The girls just played well today,’ Jones said.
Corydon Central will be back in action tonight (Wednesday) against county-rival North Harrison at 7:30.
Boys’ soccer
After back-to-back wins, the Corydon Central boys’ soccer team gave up five goals in a 10-minute span to visiting Madison Saturday, falling to the Cubs 7-0.
‘We played hard and seemed to do the things we were supposed to do,’ Panther coach Jeff Salomon said. ‘It seemed like we got into the second half, a goal gets scored on us and we think we have to change the way we play.’
For the first 40 minutes, Corydon Central was holding its own against the Cubs.
After the scoreless first half, the Panthers just missed on a solid opportunity to open the second period. Madison goalkeeper Markus Turner was whistled for an accidental hand ball outside the penalty area, setting up a Corydon Central free kick. Senior Chad Salomon’s attempt sailed just over the crossbar.
Salomon’s attempt was as close as the Panthers got to score the rest of the way. Rex Huffman scored his first of three goals on the day in the 45th minute from the right side. Madison tacked on six more goals, including two from David Miller.
Not keeping the intensity up in the second half was disappointing to the Panthers’ coach, but he said part of it is conditioning. He said the heat wave during the last month affected the team’s conditioning but the players are headed in the right direction.
Corydon Central (2-5) was coming off its first wins of the season over Salem and Morristown prior to falling to Madison.
Coming up, the Panthers will play at rival North Harrison today (Wednesday) at 5:30 p.m. After facing their rivals, they turn around to host Silver Creek tomorrow at 6 p.m.
‘I hope we play well; that is a different type of game,’ Salomon said of going into the match against the Cougars. ‘You don’t know what to expect as a coach. Generally, you go by who is playing well or not, but in a rivalry game, emotion plays a factor.’
NOTE: All home Corydon Central soccer matches have been moved to the YMCA of Harrison County soccer field.
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