Madison Southern coach Lyle Bailey knew the game against cross-town rival Berea Community would not be a high-scoring affair.

The two boys teams had more than just bragging rights on the line Thursday as they were fighting for the second-place seeding in the upcoming district tournament.

And for 59 minutes it was a scoreless affair.

“I knew it was going to be a 1-0 game,” Bailey said. “Our defense, since the (Madison) Central game, has been playing the best defense this year. I knew first team to score would get it.”

The Eagles (6-7) got a penalty kick with 20:59 remaining and Donnie Bishop pushed the shot into the lower right corner for the 1-0 win.

Their reward was another showdown with the Pirates (7-7) in about two weeks in the semifinals of the district tournament as Berea finished with the third-place seed.

“I’m not sure if this gives us the mental edge or them the revenge factor,” Bailey said.

Berea coach Casey Poynter felt confident it was the motivation his players needed.

The second-year coach knew at halftime with the score tied at zero things were not bouncing his way.

The Pirates have lost five games this season by one goal and missed multiple opportunities in the first half to be up a goal or two.

“We’ve been a little inconsistent this year,” Poynter said. “It’s frustrating especially giving the effort they do, but we are struggling to find the back of the net.”

Part of the problem Thursday was the player standing in front of that net.

Jerry Alexander replaced Brandon Sipple in goal for the Eagles after the loss to Central. The senior came up big several times.

“We didn’t take Brandon out because he was bad, but I just knew what Jerry could do in goal,” Bailey said of his keeper. “He pretty much won the game for us as far as stopping some great shots.”

As soon as Southern scored it went back into defensive mode as Bailey pulled one more player back to pack the box.

Berea continued to reign shots on goal, but the extra defender allowed for some shots to be deflected and the ones that were not were stopped by Alexander.

The win ends a four-game losing streak for the Eagles who return to action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mercer County.

The Pirates return to action at 5 p.m. Saturday against Garrard County at home.

Boyle 4, Model 3

Model rallied from 3-0 down Thursday, but Boyle County score a late goal for a 4-3 win in Richmond.

The Lady Patriots’ (7-6-1) Kaylyn Pratt scored to trim the deficit to 3-1 and then Ashton Kearns made it 3-2 as momentum shifted in Model’s favor.

Boyle continued to unravel, scoring the third goal for the Lady Patriots, but finished the game off with the fourth goal and the win.

Model returns to action at noon Saturday against Franklin County in Richmond.

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