The Madison Southern Lady Eagles (0-3-2) and South Laurel Lady Cardinals fought to a 2-2 tie in Berea Thursday.
It was the second consecutive tie game for the Southern girls soccer team.
The Lady Eagles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by junior Rachel Ramey. The lead grew to 2-0 in the second half after junior Nicole Taylor drilled a shot past the South goalkeeper.
But after cutting the lead to 2-1 a few minutes later, the Lady Cardinals tied at 2-2 inside the final five minutes of the game.
Even though her team didn’t come away with the win, Southern coach Katy Cress said she was pleased with the improvement she’s seen in the last couple of games.
“I feel like each game we are getting better and better and tonight was the best we’ve looked offensively all year,” Cress said.
There have been some growing pains along the way as the Lady Eagles have played some stiff competition, but Cress said she feels like things are beginning to come together.
“We’ve switched some things around a little bit. So maybe we’ve found some people’s niches,” Cress said. “This was our best effort of the season. We’ve just got to hold it together when things don’t go our way. But we’ve definitely making improvement.”
The Lady Eagles return to action against Lexington Catholic at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday as part of a doubleheader with the boys team in Berea.
Lady Patriots 2, Whitley County 0
The Lady Patriots (2-2-1) picked up their second-consecutive win Thursday, downing Whitley County 2-0 in Richmond.
Though Model completely dominated time of possession and shots on goal in the first half, the Lady Patriots were unable to put the ball in the net and the teams played to a scoreless tie at the half.
The scoring futility continued for much of the second half until sophomore Ruby Smith finally broke the drought and put Model up 1-0 with a goal in the 44th minute.
Smith made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute with here second goal of the night off an assist by sophomore Julia Durso.
“The girls were really getting frustrated because they couldn’t find the net in the first half even though we possessed the ball about 80 percent of the time,” Model coach Michael Bailey said. “We outshot them by a big amount. Brooke Roberts had seven shots on goal in the half alone. And Ruby hit the crossbar three times. It was frustrating.”
Bailey said he has been pleasantly surprised with how far his young team has come is a short amount of time.
The Lady Patriots are back in action on Wednesday when they host Madison Central at 6 p.m.
Berea 7, Wayne County 1
The Lady Pirates (2-3) picked up a win on the road Thursday, downing Wayne County 7-1 in Monticello.
Berea will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Madison Southern for a district showdown.