On Monday, the Lady Indians extended their winning streak to four games after topping Great Crossing, 2-0, in Richmond.

It was Madison Central's (7-5) first home win after three-straight road games.

The Lady Indians used two second-half goals to top the Lady Warhawks (3-8-1), who had several good chances, but failed to capitalize.

After a slow start, Madison Central and Great Crossing were locked in a 0-0 draw at halftime.

"I think the first five or six minutes of the game, Great Crossing really possessed the ball. We didn't have a whole lot of control in the first half," Central coach Charlie Hamilton said.

Despite the Warhawks' domination, the Lady Indians still got a couple of good looks.

Kally Lloyd seized control of the ball on the left side of the field with 10 minutes left in the first half and sped past defenders to send a shot sailing towards the net.

The shot went wide and slid just inches past the goal's left post.

Minutes later, Syndney Maggard played a ball out of the air off a corner kick, but that shot sailed too wide as well.

In the second half, the Lady Indians came alive.

"We talked during halftime and I think, after 10 minutes into the second half, we got into our flow and we kind of controlled the rest of the game," Hamilton explained.

Central indeed dominated possession in the second half, which quickly turned into goals as Great Crossing's defense started to wane.

"We were able to start to get the balls down into the corners. In this game, that was our strength against this opponent. We got them chasing us and that's when we had our breakthroughs," Hamilton explained.

That first breakthrough was from Shelbi Morrison.

The senior deftly crossed-up Great Crossing's goalie, who had rushed to the top of the box to meet Morrison, then blew past her to score the first goal of the game.

Hamilton said the team has been working on creating opportunities and focusing on developing plays.

"We've talked about not forcing it and taking it all the way back to (goalkeeper) Emry Willis if we need to reset. Our midfield captain Madison Whitaker does a really good job of taking it to the backline and making sure we are refocused," Hamilton said.

The Lady Indians kept pushing and Jekauri McKeithen was essential in warding off any attempts from the Lady Warhawks to get the ball into Central's side of the field.

"That is not her natural position. For three years here, she has been up top and scored. It's what she knows best and likes to do. However, we sat down earlier in the season and I told her she had to be my answer back there. She has really made a difference for us and has really helped us since she took over," Hamilton said.

Central sealed their victory with just 12 minutes left in the second half.

Lloyd scored off a header thanks to a beautiful assist from Tristen Hornsby from the top of the box.

"It was a really good win for us. We played a great second half. We have a tendency to get really sloppy as the game goes on, but they fixed it tonight in the second half and we got the win," Hamilton said.

The Lady Indians will look to continue their win streak when they take on Bourbon County next on Wednesday in Paris.

Southern tops Somerset

The Madison Southern boys soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a 4-1 win Monday on the road over Somerset.

Pierce Meeks had two goals, while Jared Powell and Ru Lemmer also found the net. Jase Duerson and Alex Echeverria had assists.

Austin Shepherd had the win in goal.

Southern (7-4-3) has not lost since Aug. 24.

The Eagles are set to return to action Thursday at Lexington Catholic.

Lady Patriots fall at East Jessamine

The Model Laboratory girls soccer team fell behind early and could not bounce back in a 4-1 loss to East Jessamine on Monday in Nicholasville.

It was the Lady Patriots' (8-9) third straight loss.

The Lady Jaguars (4-11) took control in the first half and scored three times to take a 3-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Julia Luxon got the Lady Patriots on the board off an assist from Becky Otieno.

McKenna Tuttle and Lily Halcomb split time for Model in goal.

The Lady Patriots will take on Frankfort next at home next Monday.

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