Soccer sweep: Corydon over NH
Those who tease there isn’t enough scoring in soccer missed the scoreboard light up in the first half when rivals ‘ Mid-Southern Conference foes ‘ Corydon Central and North Harrison met Thursday in Corydon.
Seven goals were scored in the first half, including a hat trick by North Harrison’s Shelby Austin. The three goals, however, weren’t enough to hold off Corydon Central, which came away with a 5-3 victory.
The flurry of goals in the first half was a stark difference from Corydon Central’s previous game that ended in a scoreless tie versus Jeffersonville.
On Thursday, forward Jordan Dagenhart netted back-to-back goals for Corydon Central to start. The first came off an assist by Emily Barry in the 10th minute. Dagenhart then followed by stealing a ball from a North Harrison defender and burying a shot in the 19th to put the Lady Panthers up 2-0.
North Harrison, however, didn’t shy away. The Lady Cats drew a penalty kick on a handball in the penalty area. Austin fired the ball from the penalty spot into the back of the net, splitting the Corydon Central lead in half.
One minute later, on a break, Barry got into the scoring effort for Corydon Central, booting a ball through to put the Lady Panthers up 3-1.
Austin then went to work to get the Lady Cats back into the game. In the 33rd minute, off a pass from Connie Howlett, Austin chipped a shot from the right flank that looped over the Lady Panthers keeper and under the bar. The highlight-worthy goal inched the Lady Cats closer.
Five minutes later, a breakaway led to Austin beating the Corydon Central defense on an attack and eventually tying the game at 3.
‘We wanted to focus our pressure on Kaitlyn (Butler) and Shelby, but I think we got too involved ball watching,’ Corydon Central coach Kyle Jones said. ‘They were able to get shots off we shouldn’t let them get off. The penalty was something I didn’t see, but you have to respect a referee’s call.’
Although the momentum seemed to shift to North Harrison, Corydon Central bounced back with a goal from Alexis Edwards with 43.8 seconds remaining before the half.
‘It was a huge momentum changer for us,’ Jones said. ‘It calmed me down and our players.’
Corydon Central shored up its defense in the second half, keeping North Harrison off the scoreboard. The Lady Panthers netted an additional goal when Aly Chambers booted one through off an assist from Kaitlin Salomon.
‘I was pleased that we didn’t stop playing,’ Jones said. ‘I think in the second half we played more our style. We talked about making senseless passes at halftime. We cut down on them in the second half. We can’t have a time-out in soccer, but, at halftime, we worked things out.’
The final 17 minutes came with a flurry of chances from North Harrison. Butler had a shot saved, while Austin missed her fourth when the ball rang the left post. Kasey Kelly also had an opportunity to score but was saved by Hanna Skelly.
‘Our girls in the back have been so solid all season,’ Jones said of his defense. ‘We have six shutouts and the goalkeeper gets that stat, but I wish the four girls on the back and their subs could get more credit.’
Corydon Central’s record remains unblemished in MSC play. The Lady Panthers will play at Salem tomorrow (Thursday) to determine the conference champ.
‘I’m excited about going there because we’re both undefeated in conference and we seem to play better when we are away,’ Jones said. ‘I’m not sure what it is about playing on the road, but we seem to play better there.’
North Harrison bounced back from the loss to defeat Northeast Dubois, 2-1, Saturday. Austin and Butler scored for the Lady Cats.