Three years ago Model girls’ soccer team was making noise in the 15th Region.

The Lady Patriots finished as the runner-up, losing to North Laurel 2-1 in the championship. However, the very next season coach Barb Shafer was told that her team would now play in a region with Lexington schools.

And it took just three years for Model (17-4-1) to find their ground and make it to the championship of the 14th Region.

In a downpour Monday night the Lady Patriots dismissed East Jessamine 2-0 in the first semifinal game at Lexington Catholic. They will meet the Lady Knights (15-4-2), who beat Berea 10-0 in the other semifinal, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Lexington.

“This is just so exciting,” Shafer said of winning a first semifinal game in the 14th Region Tournament. “I just think these girls just want it. They played with a lot of heart. They were disciplined tonight, but intense. We had a game plan and everyone was able to execute it.”

One goal the coaches set out before the game was to score early and after a few minutes to feel out the Lady Jaguars (14-4-3) Kaylyn Pratt asserted herself, changing the game.

The junior dribbled through the entire East Jessamine defense and had her shot smack the side goalpost. From there on out it was all Lady Patriots.

And they got coach Shafer that early goal. At the 9:32 mark Pratt again ripped a shot that went high and hit the crossbar. The ball bounded back onto the field of play where Ashley Brower cleaned it up for the finish.

“Kaylyn just shows a terrific amount of leadership,” Shafer said. “Every time Kaylyn made a run she was able to beat defenders I think that highly motivates the girls.”

And another objective for the game was to protect a lead once Model got it. The girls delivered on that as well. Goalie Nmeli Nnoromele rarely saw action after the first few minutes. The junior touched the ball four or five times the entire game.

The Lady Patriots added a little cushion to the lead with 37:31 remaining on another long shot from Pratt.

The shot was momentarily collected by the Lady Jags keeper, but then she lost control of the wet ball. Brower was there again to net a shot high in the right corner.

Model has not played Catholic since their first trip to the region tournament in 2004. The Lady Knights ended the Lady Patriots season with a 7-0 victory. But, after watching her team perform this season, Shafer believes things could be very different this time around.

“I think it will be a very good game,” the veteran coach said. “I think we can play with them. The way these girls have played their season, I don’t think there is anyone they can’t play with. I’m so glad we have the opportunity to advance and I suspect my team will leave it on the field.”

Lexington Catholic 10, Berea Community 0

Berea Community girls’ soccer team made its first trip to the 14th Region tournament, but ran up against 4th-ranked Lexington Catholic on a rainy Monday in Lexington.

The Lady Pirates (3-15-2) held their ground and only allowed three goals for most of the first half, but starting with 16:08 remaining the Lady Knights began to enforce their will.

“(Catholic) goes and beats the number one team 4-1 and they are ranked 4th. I don’t believe their fourth,” Berea coach Thomas Reece said. “It was great to be here, but reality set in you are going to play a team like this.”

Blair Schneider got things rolling followed by back-to-back goals from Chelsea Martin. Renee Rogers got in the mix with a long range shot for a 7-0 lead.

Schneider got her second and then M.T. Kersey made it 9-0 with 1:20 remaining in the first half.

Under a Kentucky High School Athletic Association rule put in last year teams that are up 10 after the first half or any point in the second 40 minutes, the game is called.

And while Berea was able to avoid the mercy-rule loss at the half, it took Catholic just 19 seconds into the second half to finish it as senior captain Sara Kelty scored the decisive goal.

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