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October 15, 2013

H.S. SOCCER: Central rolls past Berea, 6-0, will meet Southern in finals for third-straight year

BEREA — The Madison Central Lady Indians (13-3) set up a rematch with Madison Southern in the championship game of the 44th District Tournament with a 6-0 first-round win over Berea Community (8-9) Monday.

Led by Ellie Wright, who had a hat trick — two goals in the first half and another to begin the second half — the banged-up Lady Indians steadily pulled away from a very game Lady Pirates squad.

“Berea had more energy starting the game and they played us tough. When we started playing to our feet and spread the field more and we played a lot better, Central coach Chris Denham said. “But you know, it’s a district win and you take it any way you can get it. We’ll get ready for Southern. It’s been a very close game these last few years, so we’ll see how it goes.”

The game was a far cry from the first encounter between the teams last month when Central posted a shortened-game 10-0 victory over Berea.

This time around, the Lady Pirates hung tough, battling the Lady Indians on even terms through the first 12 minutes.

But Central finally got on the board when Wright weaved her way through several Berea defenders then pushed the ball past goal keeper Holly Musick.

Two minutes later, Wright made it 2-0 with a penalty kick after a foul in the box.

Central’s Haleigh Cable knocked in a goal after the ball rebounded off the crossbar with four minutes remaining in the first half to put Central up 3-0.

Wright pushed the margin to 4-0 with her third goal 16 minutes into the second half.

Central added a goal by Kelsey Napier six minutes later that bounced off two Berea defenders before trickling past Musick.

Though she gave up the six goals, Musick played a very good game, recording 14 saves on the night.

Adrian Hall rounded out the scoring at 6-0 with a goal with nine minutes left.

Berea coach Jerry Bingham said he saw marked improvement from his team from the last encounter with Central.

“We’ve come a long way since the first game. Tonight I had the feel of a 2-0, 2-1 game but we gave up some trash goals late, Berea coach Jerry Bingham said. “I’m proud of the group and how much they have improved this year. I think we’ve got a lot to build on for next year.”

The championship game begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Madison Southern High School.

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