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Five goals in 15 minutes lift Corydon

Five goals in 15 minutes lift Corydon
Five goals in 15 minutes lift Corydon
Maria Fessel, left, shields Corydon Central's Sydney Hammond from the ball.

Corydon Central ended the regular season with a 3-3 tie against Seymour, a game where the Lady Panthers gave up a last-second goal, preventing a win.
On Monday in the Jeffersonville girls’ soccer sectional opener against North Harrison, the Lady Panthers finished with a flurry of goals, pounding the Lady Cats 7-2. The flurry allowed little chance for a Seymour repeat.
‘We needed it,’ said Corydon Central coach Kyle Jones. ‘We haven’t finished off a game the whole season like this. There was no better time to do it than sectional.’
In the final 15:25 of the second half, Lady Panther forward Krista McKnight began the string of five unanswered goals for Corydon Central. McKnight’s goal came from a tough left angle, beating North Harrison keeper Grace Robertson for a 3-2 Lady Panther lead.
Much like Corydon Central did during the match, the Lady Panthers controlled the game at their feet and with speed.
Sydney McKnight added the first insurance goal less than a minute later. The sophomore began at midfield, broke a pair of defenders and sprinted toward the net. Her shot eventually found the back of the net, stretching the lead to 4-2.
‘They finally got confidence in each other,’ Jones said about the run. ‘The girls possessed the ball well and didn’t just play kickball. They went to the goal all night.’
Then in the 72nd minute, Katie Burks scored her first goal of the match. The junior then followed that goal with a second on a sliding kick from 20 yards out, running the score to 6-2.
Whitney Lippert added the seventh goal late, off a Adrienne Henricksen assist.
‘The girls get up and play better when they score a couple goals,’ Jones said. ‘We played a lot better and didn’t let down, which hasn’t been us.’
North Harrison was able to stay with the Lady Panthers for much of the match. Katie Hayes chipped in a goal for Corydon Central in the first 10 minutes to give her team an early advantage.
The Lady Cats then responded with a goal of their own. Madison Snodgrass drew a foul just outside the penalty area, setting up a free kick opportunity. Kelsey Brunner took the kick, and Lauren Smith banged home the goal off a deflection.
In the 27th minute, Corydon Central’s Shelby Short put in a goal to get the lead back before the half.
Out of the break, North Harrison scored likely the most improbable goal of the sectional. From about 40 yards out, Kelsey Brunner lofted a ball toward the Corydon Central goal. As Brunner turned back to her defensive position, the ball went over the goalkeeper and into the goal, much to her surprise. The goal tied the game, but Corydon Central would later go on a run of five goals to end North Harrison’s season.
Corydon Central advances to face defending sectional champion Floyd Central today (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. in Jeffersonville.
Jones said his team will be prepared to give the Lady Highlanders a solid run. The last two sectionals, the Lady Panthers battled Providence in tight games, proving they are a tough out.