The Richmond Register

September 25, 2013

H.S. SOCCER: Southern handles North Laurel, 3-0

By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor

BEREA — At times this season, Madison Southern coach Katy Cress has been frustrated by her team’s lack of offensive aggressiveness.

The Lady Eagles (4-8-2) have just been too unselfish — turning down good shots to make the extra, sometimes unnecessary, pass.

That wasn’t a problem Tuesday at home against North Laurel.

Southern ripped shot after shot at the North Laurel net. The Lady Eagles got a pair of late goals on the way to a 3-0 win.

“We had the shots, we didn’t find the back of the net as much as we would have liked,” Cress said. “But, the fact that we were taking those shots makes me happy.”

Still, the Lady Eagles came up with more than enough offense to handle the short-handed Lady Jaguars.

Two Southern keepers — Kristyn Murphy and Sydney Dickhaus — split time in net and saw relatively little action as the ball stayed on the North Laurel side of the field for most of the game.

“I think that’s the most put-together our passing has looked in a while,” Cress said. “I was happy with that. I was happy with the overall attitude and confidence level of everyone on the field and off the field.

Southern got a goal in the first half from Chesney Sipple and carried a 1-0 lead into halftime.

The Lady Eagles scored again 15 minutes into the second half. Sophomore forward/midfielder Karrigan Moberly worked the ball deep into right corner, worked her way past a couple of defenders then sent a pass to the top of the box.

Taylor Tripp ripped a shot past the North Laurel keeper.

“That’s definitely in her character to be patient and wait for a good shot,” Cress said of Moberly.

Southern’s final goal came with 16:22 left in the game.

Junior forward Mikki Clark out-hustled a North Laurel defender to gain possession of a loose ball in the box, then ripped a shot that found the far side of the net.

“That was a beautiful shot,” Cress said.

Because of injuries, North Laurel had just 11 players. So, both teams played with 10 players for the duration of the game.

Southern is set to return to action Thursday at Lincoln County.