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Lady Panthers blank Salem, win conference

Lady Panthers blank Salem, win conference
Lady Panthers blank Salem, win conference
Corydon CentralÂ’s Whitney Lippert runs down a pass toward the goal. Lippert scored in the second half. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Only six home matches (two part of the Silver Creek Invitational) made up the Corydon Central girls’ soccer schedule in 2011. The sixth and final match, played Thursday against Mid-Southern Conference foe Salem, went the way the previous five did: a win for the Lady Panthers.
A pair of goals from Jordan Dagenhart and Sidney Pickman led Corydon Central to a lopsided 6-0 victory over the Lady Lions.
‘We faced a lot of pressure, so it made for a fast-paced game,’ said Corydon Central’s Whitney Lippert. ‘We always seem to be a second-half team, but, when we got the goal from Sidney, it got our offense going.’
Despite Salem’s efforts to pressure the ball, Corydon Central was able to get off 35 shots during the match.
It took Corydon Central 30 minutes to crack the scoreboard. Pickman cut a ball back from the right side and cracked a left-footed shot to the back of the net from just beyond the 18-yard box.
Pickman’s goal with 9:22 left in the first half was followed by Dagenhart finding the net. Pickman sent a ball in the channel to Dagenhart, who beat Salem goalkeeper Rachel Bowling to the ball. Needing just one touch, Dagenhart put the ball past Bowling to give Corydon Central a 2-0 lead.
Corydon Central would add four additional goals in the second half, including the second from Pickman and Dagenhart. Nadia Pendleton assisted on Pickman’s goal, while Danielle Uesseler set up Dagenhart’s. With 11 goals in 12 games, Pickman leads the Lady Panthers in scoring.
Kaitlin Salomon and Lippert added unassisted goals as well.
‘We’re playing hard and ready for our final conference game,’ Lippert said. ‘We’ll learn from our next few games, talk more on the field and be prepared for sectional. We can win sectional if we keep playing as a team.’
Corydon Central coach Kyle Jones said the ability for different Lady Panthers to score helps with spreading the ball.
‘It doesn’t make us so predictable,’ he said. ‘Those taking shots now want in on the action. They’ve grown out of their shell and aren’t afraid to take shots. Kaitlin Salomon has a great foot and is starting to use it. Players like Nadia Pendleton has lots of offensive ability. Our midfield passes really well and are now getting in position to take shots on goal.’
Prior to the game, Corydon Central honored its six seniors: Hannah Stachewicz, Erica Prescott, Conner McKiever, Colleen Kitterman, Pendleton and Lippert.
Picking up the win in goal was Hanna Skelly, who made four saves. She was lifted for Jessicah Bays in the 72nd minute.
Corydon Central sits in first place in the MSC with one game remaining. The Lady Panthers have secured the conference championship but played Silver Creek last night (Tuesday) to complete MSC play. The Lady Panthers have won seven of their last eight contests.
‘I’m thrilled with the conference play,’ Jones said. ‘Some teams have been up and down, but we’ve shown we can consistently play at a high level. We’ve played well with teams from the Hoosier Hills Conference, and we take that level of play and bring it to the MSC.’
Up next for Corydon Central is a trip to Bedford North Lawrence tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.