By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The Lady Patriots had every reason to celebrate — and that’s just what they did.
Ruby Smith and Linda Yoder each scored as Model Laboratory (1-2-1) defeated Danville 2-1 Monday in Richmond. The loss snapped a 23-game winless streak for the Lady Patriots.
Model’s last victory was on Oct. 1, 2011.
“The girls have just been working so hard,” first-year Model coach Michael Bailey said. “I know we are still young and we’ve got a long way to go, but they are showing a lot of heart and character.”
Danville took the lead with 8:33 left in the first half on a goal by Cassity Teater.
The Lady Patriots pulled even just before halftime. Smith got off a right-footed shot from 25 yards out that sailed over the Danville goalie.
The score remained tied until 12 minutes into the second half. Model got a corner kick and after the ball was deflected away from the goal, Yoder ripped the bouncing ball into the net.
“She lifted it right out of the air and over the goalie and into the corner,” Bailey said. “That was just amazing for a freshman. She’s been starting for us and doing a great job. She doesn’t have the skills of freshman.”
Junior Hayley Hunt made that lead stand up.
The goalie made a series of key saves and came up with a couple of important stops as Danville was pressing the net looking for the tying goal in the closing minutes.
Hunt had never player soccer before this season, but has been tremendous in goal for the Lady Patriots. She’s posted double-digit saves in the past three games and earned a shutout in last week’s 0-0 tie with Frankfort at the All “A” Classic.
“She has been the nucleus of this team,” Bailey said of Hunt. “She’s providing leadership and now she starting to get comfortable playing goalie.”
Southern 1, East Jessamine 1
The Lady Eagles wrapped up a four-game season-opening road trip with a 1-1 tie Monday against East Jessamine in Nicholasville.
Southern (0-3-1) got a goal from Rachel Ramey inside the first two minutes, but the Lady Jaguars got the tying score with 27 minutes left before halftime.
“I was not at all happy with the tie,” Southern coach Katy Cress said. “It was just really a sloppy game.”
Both teams had offensive opportunities in the second half, but were unable to capitalize.
Kristyn Murphy was in goal for Southern.
The Lady Eagles are set to return to action Thursday at home against South Laurel. Game time is set for 6 p.m. on Southern’s football field.