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32 shots lead to Corydon win over NH

32 shots lead to Corydon win over NH
32 shots lead to Corydon win over NH
Corydon Central’s Whitney Lippert celebrates after scoring Thursday in the first half against North Harrison. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

During the course of the 80-minute contest Thursday in Ramsey between rivals Corydon Central and North Harrison in girls’ soccer, the Lady Panthers fired 32 shots in the direction of the goal.
Among the 32, four found the back of the net, eventually leading to Corydon Central’s 4-1 victory in a Mid-Southern Conference battle.
‘Our passing has been really good,’ said Sidney Pickman, who scored two goals. ‘We’ve gotten a lot better at connecting passes from earlier in the season. Lately, we have come much closer as a team. The beginning of the season we struggled with that, but now we are getting better.’
The win is the sixth in a row for the Lady Panthers (7-3).
It took six minutes for Corydon Central to strike when Danielle Uesseler scored an unassisted goal after beating a trio of North Harrison defenders.
Pickman had two first-half opportunities to ring the post but failed to pass the goal line.
North Harrison had limited opportunities at scoring but cashed in when Shelby Austin netted a lengthy shot with 7:58 remaining before the half. Her goal tied the game at 1.
The tie was brief. Whitney Lippert celebrated less than three minutes later when she scored after receiving an incoming pass from Pickman. Corydon Central would carry the 2-1 lead into halftime.
Corydon Central’s offensive pressure continued into the second half. Three minutes in, Pickman made good on a shot attempt. In the 58th minute, Pickman’s shot went off the Lady Cats goal keeper and passed the line.
‘I even did that in practice,’ Pickman said of hitting the cross bar in the first half. ‘But one eventually went in.’
Corydon Central coach Kyle Jones echoed Pickman’s observance of the team coming together on the field.
‘These girls have really come together,’ he said. ‘They are such a good group of friends that they have really good chemistry on the field. It’s just clicking right now. They say it’s fun when you win, and we’re winning.’
Jones also gives credit to the defense for its play during the six-game winning streak.
‘Elizabeth Satterfield, Marissa Brann, Olivia Lawson, Hannah Stachewicz and Catherine Leupp have been playing outstanding on that back line,’ Jones said. ‘Catherine comes in as a sub and, as a freshman, she is doing great at learning from these experienced players and her mistakes. That back line is the reason why we’ve given up just four goals in this six-game stretch. (Goalkeeper) Hanna Skelly, she is doing really well back there and a lot of credit to that back line keeping her from touching the ball. Against Charlestown, she didn’t touch it once.’
The Lady Panthers are the current front-runners in the MSC. They will host Salem tomorrow (Thursday) for a 6 p.m. contest. They then will play at Silver Creek in the conference finale Tuesday at 6 p.m. North Harrison will return to action tomorrow at Charlestown at 6 p.m.