By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
LEXINGTON — The Madison Central Lady Indians (14-4-2) saw their season come to an end Monday in heartbreaking fashion with a 1-0 loss to Dunbar (7-11-4) in the 11th Region Tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs got the game’s only score five minutes into the second half when sophomore Mimi Floreal intercepted a Central pass near the goal and slipped the ball past an onrushing keeper Madison Goodman.
Central coach Chris Dunham said he couldn’t fault Goodman’s effort on the play, Floreal just made a great play.
“Their goal was just a miscommunication on a pass and Mimi took it away,” Dunham said. “Madison came a little too far out of the goal, but it happens. I’d rather her attempt something than do nothing. She did a good job tonight.”
Up until that point, the Lady Indians, playing without starting goal keeper Mayce Dennis and with a hobbled Leeanne Ogle, had gone toe-to-toe with the much bigger Lady Bulldogs and held their potent offense in check before and after Floreal’s goal.
But while the defense was effective, the Central offense was almost nonexistent in the first half.
“We tried playing it safe, tried playing back and compacting space a little bit and it started working,” Dunham said. “Then in the second half we tried to do a little bit more and changed the formation and were a lot more aggressive.”
Some of his team’s offensive woes, Dunham said was due to rushed shots.
“The tried to rush themselves a little too much on shots. When you rush and you panic it’s not always going to be on target,” he said.
From about the mid-way point of the second half, the Lady Indians became the aggressor and really took the game to the Lady Bulldogs.
The aggressiveness paid off as Central got off multiple shots on goal in the last 20 minutes but could not come up with the big goal they needed.
“It seemed like we got a little boost of energy there and something kicked in you never know when it’s going to happen,” Dunham said. “But we just couldn’t get that one hit on goal that we needed.”
Despite the setback, Dunham said he was proud of his team and what they’ve accomplished this season.
“One thing you can say is these girls don’t quit and tonight they fought right to the end,” Dunham said. “I’m proud of team. It was a great season, winning district again. I had a good senior group and I’m really proud of them.”