Madison Central’s girls soccer team notched its sixth shutout of the season Thursday, topping Berea Community 5-0 at Duerson Field for a third-consecutive shutout.

Prior to Thursday’s game, the Lady Indians shutout Model Tuesday for a 1-0 victory and Southwestern on Sept. 18 for a 3-0 victory.

“Shutouts mean the defense is doing their job,” Central coach Alexis Blackburn said. “Everyone’s going to have close ones, but we’ve managed to keep them out. I told them that they’ve been doing a good job.”

Sophomore Molly Jacobs scored first for the Lady Indians, putting one over the head of Berea sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Wilder. Wilder, who has only been in goal for a short time for the Lady Pirates, has been filling in for the injured Noah Short.

“Rachel has never played soccer and we’ve made her a goalie,” Berea coach Jerry Bingham said. “I still feel really good about where she’s at. She’s just going to continue to improve. I always say it’s not the goalie’s fault. It’s a breakdown somewhere else. She has to keep that perspective and we need to keep her motivated.”

Central almost got its second goal less than five minutes later, but Berea junior Lyndee McClure made a save of her own, clearing the kick out of the penalty box.

However, Central junior Laura Hale took a breakaway with 24:40 left and put it into the right side of the net to get a two-goal lead. Lady Indian junior Anna Sizemore added another with just more than five minutes left in the first half on a breakaway shot from the left wing.

“Anna’s just our little spark,” Blackburn said. “Sometimes she plays midfielder and sometimes, I feel like we need a little spark. And every time we do that, she scores a goal. She’s the spark when we need a little waking up. She has that shot.”

With just less than 30 minutes left in the game, Berea senior Shelby Renzenbrink ripped a shot that was saved by Central junior goalkeeper Kaity Busch. Lady Indian senior Sarah Houghton got her second goal in as many games when she put one in from about 20 feet out with 22:40 left in the game.

“Our passing was really good,” Blackburn said. “We have to remind ourselves to keep possession and passing the ball. I think we were able to possess the ball. That gave us momentum. We were winning the ball here, maintaining possession and passing the ball up field while retaining possession.”

Central improves to 7-4 on the season and will face off next against Madison Southern at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Berea. Southern is currently 6-1-2 and just suffered its first defeat of the season Wednesday in a 6-2 loss to South Laurel.

“I think it’s going to be a tough matchup,” Blackburn said. “They’re a young team also. Most of the time, every coach and every player has their style. We know how they like to play and we know who their players are. I’m always worrying about if my players are going to do what they need to do. If I can influence my players to do what they need to do, I think that’s all I can do.”

Berea falls to 8-6 on the season and will have a week off before traveling to Hazard Oct. 6. Bingham said, despite the loss, the team got some valuable information during Thursday’s game.

“Now, we understand what we’re up against,” he said. “There were points in those games where we felt like we played toe-to-toe with them. If we can take those memories and grasp them and think positive no matter what the outcome of the score was, anything can happen when we get to that district tournament. That’s my motivation and that’s what I’m trying to stress to those kids.”

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