|Montgomery County girls roll over South Laurel
By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor
The Montgomery County girls’ soccer team gave up an early goal to South Laurel Monday night at Cunningham Field.
Then the Tribe shut out the visiting Lady Cardinals the rest of the way as they rolled to a 4-1 victory to even their record at 5-5.
“We really needed to play well and get a win,” said Coach Christy Lansdale, whose team was coming off a tough 2-1 loss to the Ashland Kittens on Saturday.
Montgomery County is just a week away from their regular season district matches and Lansdale is optimistic that her team will play their best soccer when those games arrive.
“This team is super open to change,” Lansdale said. “We can make adjustments at halftime and their ready for those.
“And we’ve been able to move players around to different positions rather easily.”
South Laurel took the lead when they scored off a corner kick.
“One of the things we’ve got to get better at is our defense on corner kicks and other set pieces,” Lansdale said. “We’ll be spending time on that this week.”
Junior Kayleen Coburn’s goal from 30 yards out tied the score and then Montgomery County took the lead when sophomore forward Mikayla Risner’s corner kick later in the first half was placed in the net by sophomore defender Madison Pharis.
“It’s always great to see defensive players, when they move up in situations like that, get to score a goal,” Lansdale noted.
Seniors Baylee Dice and Makenzie Moore added insurance goals in the second half and senior goalkeeper Royce Henderson and her teammates were able to keep South Laurel off the scoreboard after that early goal.
Montgomery County faced Rowan County Wednesday night and then the Lady Indians will take on Bourbon County, Clark County and Paris, their three district foes, all on the road and in that order next week.
“I feel like we’re coming into these district games in a really good position,” Lansdale said.
Senior Abby Helton has been bothered by a knee injury and she’ll try to rest this week to be ready for district play.
“We’ve got some other bumps and bruises but I feel like we’ll be ready to go. I’m glad we have Bourbon County coming up first and we’re anxious to see how we stack up against our district foes,” she said.
Montgomery County lost to the Ashland Kittens Saturday, 2-1, with Abby Helton scoring the only goal of the match for the Lady Indians.
MCHS also shut out East Carter, 6-0, last week with Abby Manning, Abbie Helton, Mikayla Risner, Sydney Henderson, Makenzie Moore and Baylee Dice all scoring goals.
10 Dice, Baylee 1 2
11 Rhodes, Kylie 1 1
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Henderson, Royce X 0 0
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