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Lady Cats roll over Corydon

Lady Cats roll over Corydon
Lady Cats roll over Corydon
Corydon Central’s Ava Weber, left, tangles with North Harrison’s Abigail Couch during the Lady Cats 5-2 Mid-Southern Conference win Thursday at Corydon. Photo by Wade Bell
Wade Bell, Contributing Writer

The North Harrison girls’ soccer team overpowered host Corydon Central Thursday afternoon with some strong offensive play and just as equal defensive aggressiveness for a 5-2 Mid-Southern Conference win. Both teams have had their struggles this season, but the Lady Cats proved to be stronger over their county rival.

“They’re starting to see their hard work coming together,” said North Harrison co-coach Holly Smith. “They’re meshing together really well.”

“We’re just at that part of the season where they’re just enjoying it,” said co-coach Laura Rainbolt.

“I think North Harrison was probably going to be pretty hungry with what they’ve went through this season,” said Lady Panthers coach Derek Korte. “We were hungry too and came in with high expectations with this team year over year over year. The last three years we’ve improved. I feel really disappointed that we didn’t show that out there tonight.”

The Lady Cats wasted no time getting on the board. Just 2-1/2 minutes into the match, Cassie Dossett drilled a shot for her first goal of the day from the right side. Halfway through the half it looked like North Harrison had a second goal from Meg Marinc, but that one was called off by officials.

Less than two minutes later Corydon Central tied the match at 1-1 when Melanie Camacho kicked in a penalty shot over the top of North Harrison goal keeper Vicki Moorman. One more goal came before the half when Ali Saunders punched in a North Harrison goal with 11:36 remaining. The Lady Cats’ defense held Corydon Central scoreless through the remainder of the half and had a 2-1 edge at the break.

“We’re still dealing with a lot of injuries,” Rainbolt said. “It’s still a hail-Mary almost sometimes just that they stay healthy throughout the game and everybody plays clean. … ”

“In the center of the field, our mids were not playing to their potential,” Korte said. “We were a little dinged up in that area and we were trying some different rotations that are just not normal for us, and I think we got lost a couple of times in that situation. We were losing the ball in the middle of the field, especially in the center.”

Corydon Central came out aggressive to start the second half and, at 33:33, Ava Weber fired in a contested shot from the right side to tie the game at 2-2. At that point, the Lady Cats took over the match. At 27:11, Dossett cashed in her second goal of the night for a 3-2 North Harrison lead. More than a dozen minutes later, Dossett completed the hat trick with her third goal bouncing the ball off of Corydon Central’s Isabelle Phipps into the net. The Lady Cats got their final goal of the match on a long shot by Arianna Black for the 5-2 win.

One of the biggest improvements for the Lady Cats has been their passing game, which was evident throughout the entire match.

“They’ve improved tremendous on that,” said Smith. “They’ve been working very hard on that. We have a lot of new girls that have never played soccer before, so there’s a lot of fundamentals we’ve had to take it back down, teach them how to work the ball. They’re doing very well with that. I’m very proud of them”

“The last 10 minutes I think they felt like they clawed back once and equalized the match and then we gave up another one on a really good set play from North Harrison, an excellent two-man in the box,” said Korte. “Give them a lot of kudos on that. It kind of deflated them a little bit, and then we started moving players a little bit higher and it allowed some more opportunities for North Harrison. Once the gap kind of grew to 4-2, I feel like the energy just kind of sunk.”

The loss put the Lady Panthers at 4-5 for the season.

“We had some really big wins early in the season,” Korte said. “We were kind of riding high and got kind of lost in a couple of things there with a couple of injuries. We got out of our normal rotation, then we ran into Jeffersonville the other night, who’s just a solid team. You can’t say enough about them. It kind of put us in our place and showed us where we were at. We see our potential of how we can play but the expectation of this team, we can do what we need to do to make it back to the sectional final again.”

“We are in a building season and just a whole bunch of new bodies, and they’re starting to figure it out,” Rainbolt said of North Harrison. “We’re just enjoying the game. Being grateful, that’s the focus this year. Since the beginning of the year, our focus has been being grateful and having an opportunity to be out here.”

North Harrison 2   3 – 5

Corydon Central 1   1 – 2

North Harrison-Cassie Dossett 3, Ali Saunders, Meg Marino

Corydon Central-Melanie Camacho, Ava Weber