BEREA — The Madison Southern girls and boys soccer teams swept district rival Model Laboratory at home on Thursday in a doubleheader.
The Eagles (2-4-1) struggled mightily against a strong Patriot (2-4) defense but came up with a 1-0 victory.
It was the first shutout loss for the Patriots this season.
The Lady Eagles (3-1-1) used two first-half goals to take the lead over the Lady Patriots (5-4) and kept them off the board in the second half to secure a 2-0 win.
The Eagles came out strong in the first few minutes of the game and created several chances to score.
After intercepting apass, Alex Echeverria dribbled the ball down the field for an open shot at the goal. However, that ball went wide and bounced off the right goal post.
A few minutes later Pierce Meeks took control of the ball and made a kick from midfield, but that shot hit the crossbar.
After another attempt by the Eagles was deflected by Model’s keeper, the Lady Patriots doubled down and put pressure on the Eagle attack.
“They did a good job any time we had numbers up and we were putting guys in the box, they were marking us. That always makes it tough to score. They did a good job of putting bodies in between us and the goal,” Southern coach Andrew Lunsford said.
The Patriots also had some good looks in the first half, but their shots too went too high or wide.
The game was locked in a scoreless draw at halftime.
In the second half, the battle continued.
This time, the Patriots brought the attack in the opening minutes and a shot from Cruse Pingleton barely scraped by the right post of the goal.
With less than eight minutes to go, the Eagles found some space and were able to make it into the box and were awarded a penalty kick.
Francisco Aguilar sent the ball soaring past Model’s keeper off a right side kick to give the Eagles the lead.
The senior had practiced that very same kick the evening before the match.
“He stayed after to practice and he’s stepped up as a senior and is putting in some extra time which is paying off for us during games,” Lunsford said.
The Eagles will have a long break before they take on another district foe, Madison Central, in Richmond on Thursday.
Model will face district rival Berea next in the first round of the All “A” Classic on Tuesday.
The Lady Eagles started off fast and furious and took possession of the ball quickly in their match-up up with Model on Thursday.
However, the Lady Patriots were ready to defend and blocked many of Southern’s attempts to score.
Model keeper McKenna Tuttle stayed busy but had back-to-back crucial saves mid-way through the first half to keep the Lady Eagles off the board.
However, with five minutes to go in the first half, the Eagles found their spark.
Keyara Savia took possession of the ball from a Model player and dribbled down the right side of the field and then sent a pass soaring to Mallory Robinson, who launched it into the goal.
A minute later, Heidi Hylton added to the lead with a goal of her own which sailed over the goalies outstretched hands.
Southern took a 2-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, things stalled on both ends of the field.
“(In the first half) we were getting the ball out to the corners and having good crosses in and then in the second I feel like we started standing and watching. We didn’t look like the same team from the first half,” Southern coach Katy Cress said.
Model took advantage and made several attempts at Southern’s goal, but were thwarted by keeper Ashtyn King.
Despite the Lady Patriots attempts, none of the shots found their mark.
“Model possessed the ball too much for my liking in the second half,” Cress said. “We can do better and I expect more from them and they expect more from themselves.
The Lady Eagles will face Great Crossing next in Scott County on Wednesday, while Model will take on the Lady Cats in Pendleton County on Tuesday.
Lady Pirates fall to Garrard County
The Berea Community girls soccer team fell behind early and could not make up the deficit in a 6-1 loss to Garrard County on Thursday.
It was the Lady Pirates’ (2-5) fourth-straight loss.
The Lady Lions scored two goals in the first half and took a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Berea bounced back in the second and Evi Stefan scored a free kick 30 yards out from the goal, but it wasn’t enough as Garrard County (4-1) rolled to victory.
Emily Maynard had 30 saves during the match.
The Lady Pirates will face Frankfort next on Wednesday in the first round of the All “A” Classic.
Indians tie with Great Crossing
The Madison Central boys soccer battled to a 1-1 tie with Great Crossing on Thursday in Richmond.
The Indians (1-3-1) got a goal from Brennan Ashley in the first half on an assist from Josh Dluhos.
Great Crossing tied the game in the second half.
Central is set to return to action Tuesday at Estill County.