It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Lady Indians (3-4-1).
They've lost two players to injury -- Maddie Eades and Kasey Ogle -- fell in an extended shutout to a long-time district rival and let halftime leads slip away twice.
"The ball hasn't bounced our way," Madison Central coach Charlie Hamilton said.
The Lady Indians finally got some good bounces on Thursday.
Kally Lloyd scored a pair of goals as Central picked up a 3-2 win over Madison Southern (4-2) in Berea. The Lady Eagles rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and had the would-be game-tying goal waved off with about 12 minutes left in regulation.
"We are hoping that tonight is that turnaround and we can go on a little run from here," Hamilton said.
Central's win snaps a four-match winless streak and sets up a potential three-way tie at the top of the district standings. Southern and Model are each 2-1, while Central is 1-1 heading into an Oct. 7 match-up with Berea Community (0-2).
"We've all beaten each other," Hamilton said. "Model beat us, Southern beat Model and we beat Southern."
The Lady Indians got off to a fast start on Thursday.
Tristen Hornsby scored just three minutes into the showdown with Southern. The junior has a team-best nine goals on the season.
"Tristen is having a phenomenal season," Hamilton said. "That kind of sparked us and gave us what we needed."
Lloyd made it 2-0 with 9:50 left in the first half on a remarkable strike. From deep in the left corner, the sophomore sent a shot into the top corner of the far side of the net.
Southern got back within a goal at halftime when Abby Sheffer scored after a free kick.
Central pushed its lead back to two goals just 14 minutes into the second half when Lloyd tracked down a long pass, maneuvered around Southern keeper Claire Cress and slipped a shot into the empty net.
The Lady Eagles kept fighting, though.
With 16:14 left, Molly Robinson came open in front and found the right side of the net.
Less than four minutes later, Southern appeared to tie the game.
A shot by Rachel Burke slipped over the line, but the play was ruled dead because of a handball.
Mallory Duerson had a good look at the net in the closing minutes, but the Lady Eagles weren't able to pull even.
"They deserve tonight," Hamilton said of his team. "They have worked their butts off and done everything I have asked."
Freshman Adria Anderson was in goal for Central in the first half. Freshman Becca Gordon took over in net for the second half.
Central is set to return to action today at Corbin.
Southern is set to return to action Monday at home against Frederick Douglass.
Indians still undefeated
The Madison Central boys soccer team moved to 7-0 on the season with an impressive road win on Thursday.
Gavin O'Shea had four goals and an assist as the undefeated Indians beat Boyle County, 6-2. Chris LaGrange had two goals as Central set a new season-high for goals.
So far this season, the Indians have out-scored their opponents 24-5.
O'Shea has a team-best 12 goals this year.
The junior scored twice in the first half off assists from Jose Bartolo and Sam Creech. The Indians led 2-1 at the break.
O'Shea scored just after the half, then LaGrange scored on an assist from Luis Martinez. O'Shea set up LaGrange to put Central up 5-2, then added his final goal of the game moments later.
Central is set to return to action today at home against Clark County.
Model wins again
The Model Laboratory boys soccer team pushed its winning streak to three games with an 8-0 win over Lincoln County on Thursday in Stanford.
Will Luxon had three goals and an assist, while Tioukalov also added three goals. Keshav Bhandari had a goal and three assists. Anthony Cole had a goal. John Benson had two assists.
During the three-game winning streak, the Patriots (5-2) have out-scored their opponents 21-0.
Model is set to return to action Tuesday at home against Trinity Christian.
The Berea Community boys soccer team suffered a 4-1 loss Thursday at Danvile.
J.P. Wideman had his team-best fifth goal of the season for the Pirates (1-5-1), who have lost three-straight matches.
Berea is set to return to action Oct. 1 at North Laurel.
Lady Pirates fall again
The Berea Community girls soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss to Somerset on Thursday at home.
The Lady Briar Jumpers (4-2) scored with about 20 minutes left when Berea was playing a man down after a red card was assessed for confronting the official about player safety.
The Lady Pirates (0-9) are set to return to action Saturday at home against Bluegrass United.