Madison Southern coach Katy Cress kept assuring her players that all the extra conditioning they did this summer when COVID-19 limited team activities would pay off.
She was right.
The Lady Eagles were out-played for most of Tuesday's season opener, but rallied late for a 2-1 win over Lincoln County in Berea.
"They just started to wear down," Cress said. "We were in better shape."
The game was scoreless until Lincoln County finally managed to get a shot past freshman keeper Claire Cress.
Southern tied the game three minutes later on a goal by Mallory Robinson, then took the lead on a score from Abby Sheffer.
Cress made a series of solid saves in her varsity start. The freshman aggressively attacked the ball and even got a yellow card in the first half.
"My keeper is not scared of anything," Cress said.
Southern is set to return to action today at Model.
Central opens season with 7-1 loss
The Madison Central girls soccer team opened the season with a 7-1 loss on Wednesday at Mercer County.
The Lady Indians are set to return to action Saturday at Bryan Station.
Great Crossing tops Model
The Model Laboratory girls soccer team suffered a 3-0 loss to Great Crossing on Tuesday in Georgetown.
The Lady Patriots also lost their starting keeper.
Junior Lilly Halcomb made one save before being injured about seven minutes into the game. Freshman Claire Garner came into the game and recorded seven saves.
Great Crossing led just 1-0 at the half before adding two second-half scores.
"We pushed hard and played in their box for the last 10 minutes," Model coach Mike Austin said. "We had a few chances, but didn't put one in the net."
Model is set to return to action today at home against Madison Southern.
Lady Pirates drop opener
The Berea Community girls soccer team opened the season with a 2-0 loss to Estill County on Tuesday in Irvine.
Both of the Lady Engineer goals came in the first half.
Berea is set to return to action today at home against Lincoln County.