By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Lady Indians looked very much like a team ready to defend its district title Monday during a 10-0 shutout of Berea in Richmond.
Madison Central came out firing early, getting goals by juniors Dani Parsley and Kelsey Reisig and sophomore Haleigh Cable in the game’s first 20 minutes to take a 3-0 lead.
Despite the best efforts of Lady Pirate goalkeeper Holly Musick, who had multiple saves in the half, the Lady Indians kept up the relentless pressure and were able to add three mores goals, one by senior Maryssa Stewart and two by senior Leeanne Ogle, to take a 6-0 lead at the half.
Central coach Chris Dunham said he was pleased with the aggressiveness his team showed throughout the contest, especially at the beginning.
“We set some goals before the game; to keep possession and win the 50-50 balls. I told them it’s early in the season and we have a lot of things to work on, so no matter what happens, go out hard from the very beginning,” Dunham said. “We talked at halftime about not trying to be the hero and score all the goals, to distribute where the space is. I think they played well and possessed the ball pretty well. But there are still some things we can work on.”
The second half got off to a much better start for the Lady Pirates as they kept the Lady Indians off the board for the first 20 minutes of the half.
But from that point, the Central pressure once again took its toll as the Lady Indians got three goals in a three-minute span by McKenze Stewart, Madison Goodman and Ogle’s third of the game, to go up 9-0.
Haleigh Cable’s second goal of the night at 3:48 ended the game at 10-0.
Berea coach Jerry Bingham said, despite the final score, there were times during the game he thought his team played pretty well.
“I’m very pleased with their first 12 minutes and we played much better to start the second half. Those are things we can build on and we go on to the next game,” Bingham said. “Our inexperience versus their experience really showed tonight and it got to the point where we were chasing the ball too much. But Central is without a doubt the best team we’ve played and may be the best team we play all season.”
Central will be back in action at home on Wednesday when they take on Clark County at 7 p.m.
The Lady Pirates return to action on Thursday at 6 p.m. when they travel to Estill County.