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New Albany blanks Lady Cats

New Albany blanks Lady Cats
New Albany blanks Lady Cats
North Harrison freshman Gracelyn Burks kicks the ball away from New Albany’s Emery Tanksley in the second half of the Lady Bulldogs’ 7-0 win on Aug. 25. Photo by Wade Bell
Wade Bell, Sports Writer

The North Harrison Lady Cats soccer team was overpowered by visiting New Albany last Tuesday with the Lady Bulldogs running away with a 7-0 win. After graduating nine seniors last year, the Lady Cats are having to reload with a younger team.

“We’re just in a rebuilding year,” said co-coach Laura Rainbolt. “We’ve got a lot of freshmen. We’ve got a lot of potential. We’re just working on getting this team all together so we’re rebuilding and excited to see where we’re headed.”

The Lady Bulldogs went on the offensive right from the start and punched in four goals in the first half. Alaina Walker kicked in the first goal from the right side just minutes into the match. A few minutes later, New Albany worked from the right side again. This time, Taylor Treat drilled a shot into the net for a 2-0 lead.

New Albany’s ball control and passing kept North Harrison in defensive mode through most of the half. Emma Lopp kicked in a goal for the Lady Bulldogs, again from the right side, making the score 3-0. Following a time-out with 19:41 left in the first half, New Albany used the right side again with Hadley Thompson scoring for a 4-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half, it was more of the same with the Lady Bulldogs dominating the field with time of possession. Grace Barber scored twice on back-to-back goals at the front of the net for a 6-0 lead. New Albany’s final goal came on a penalty kick by Marley Tate for the 7-0 shutout.

“I’m proud of where the girls are going,” said Rainbolt. “There’s some of them that are going to bring the intensity. There’s some of them that need to get that intensity in them.”

New Albany kept the ball on its end of the field through nearly the entire match. The Lady Bulldogs finished with a total 32 shots on goal, hitting seven for 22%. North Harrison managed just a single shot at the net, missing on its only attempt.

Co-coach Holly Smith said as the team’s chemistry improves, so will the play on the field.

“I think this group that has moved in has improved each game,” Smith said. “We’re excited for their future. We’re excited to see the team mesh together and get moved in. As they mesh together, they’re going to get better.”

The Lady Cats are scheduled to take on Floyd Central today (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. in Ramsey.

New Albany          4   3 – 7

North Harrison     0   0 – 0

New Albany-Grace Barber (2), Alaina Walker, Taylor Treat, Emma Lopp, Hadley Thompson, Tate Marley.

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