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Jasper’s lone goal holds up in semis

Jasper’s lone goal holds up in semis
Jasper’s lone goal holds up in semis
Corydon CentralÂ’s Aly Chambers attempts to gain possession with her head while fending off a pair of Jasper players last Wednesday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The Corydon Central girls’ soccer team held strong, had chances, but couldn’t advance to the Class 2A Floyd Central sectional final Thursday.
Jasper’s Erin Moser scored off a corner kick in the 69th minute to lift the Lady Wildcats to a 1-0 victory in the semi-final.
‘We were right there with them,’ Corydon Central coach Kyle Jones said. ‘Jasper is a good team, and we’re a good team. They just did a good job disrupting our passing.’
Corydon Central’s one of two first-half shots just missed. Emily Barry took a crack in the 11th minute that nicked the crossbar and sailed over.
Jasper, meanwhile, took nine shots in the first half, six of which were on goal. Lady Panthers keeper Hanna Skelly was strong in goal, making all six saves.
In the final 10 minutes of the first half, Jasper held possession much of the way but failed to put quality shots on target.
‘Against Jeffersonville, we could put together a string of three, four, five passes and move the ball up the field,’ Jones said. ‘It seemed like (Jasper) had 13 or 14 girls on the field because, every time we tried to turn and get something together, they’d just break it up.’
Balls sent through on the ground were routinely broken up by the Lady Wildcats in the first half.
After a scoreless first half, Corydon Central came out of the break more steady than the first. Keeping possession for much of the first 10 minutes allowed another opportunity for the Lady Panthers.
Jordan Dagenhart made a sliding attempt to poke the ball beyond the charging Jasper goal keeper Shannon Sonderman, who deflected the ball toward the back post where Barry narrowly missed tracking the ball into the goal.
‘We couldn’t catch a break,’ Jones said. ‘A few times it seemed like the ball was just sitting there for us to score but (we) couldn’t get there quick enough.’
Not long after the Corydon Central opportunity, Jasper scored the game’s lone goal. Taking one of four corners in the game, Alex Verkamp lofted a ball toward the goal area. The perfect service resulted in Moser putting away the game-winner.
‘It was a great corner, and she was in the right spot,’ Jones said.
Jasper denied many Corydon Central opportunities in the closing 10 minutes, mostly by cutting off passing lanes.
A blow came during the final stretch to the Lady Panthers when midfielder Kaitlin Salomon went down with an arm injury. She had been a key clog to slow the Jasper attack.
‘We had Kaitlin back as an extra defender that really helped,’ Jones said. ‘She’s turned into that very versatile player coaches want. Actually, defense has been her strength this year. We tried it out in the Jeff game and it really worked. I think it still worked this game.’
Overall, Jones was pleased with the way the defense handled Jasper.
‘They pushed a lot of girls forward on us, and I think we handled that pretty well,’ he said. ‘They had quite a few opportunities and kept pushing and pushing, but we held strong.’
At the half, Jones noticed his forwards played with their backs to the goal too much and wanted the girls to try a more aerial attack. The strategy was different from Corydon Central’s bread and butter