For one half, Madison Southern hung with Lexington Catholic.

The Lady Knights broke the game open in the second half, beating the Lady Eagles 4-0 in the 14th Region Tournament.

Southern played even with Lexington Catholic in the first half and the game remained scoreless until just before halftime when Mary Beth Gorman scored for the Lady Knights.

“It was not a 4-0 game,” Southern coach Katy Cress said. “They had four shots and they all went in. We had five or six and they couldn’t find the back of the net. It was a whole lot closer than the score.”

Madison Southern had the first big chance to score with 12 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Lexington Catholic goalkeeper came too far out of the net and a host of Lady Eagles crashed the open goal.

A pair of shots were blocked by defenders before Lexington Catholic cleared the ball.

A few minutes later, Southern had a corner kick.

Lexington Catholic cleared the ball to Gorman, who dribbled the entire length of the field to score the goal.

Southern had another opportunity to score when McKenzie Bicknell slipped past the defense for a 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper, but her shot went wide.

“I think we completely dominated the first half,” Cress said. “We had so many looks and really controlled the ball the entire time. The second half we came out a little flat and gave up a goal, but we came back and played a really tough game.

In the second half, Mary Beth Gorman added two more goals and Sarah Gorman added a score.

“I think we were really pumped in the first half, in the second half they came out a little harder and more ready to play,” Southern sweeper Rachel Wallace said. “I still feel like we played a good game, but they played just a little bit harder.”

Lexington Catholic (9-9-4) will play in the region championship at       7 p.m. Wednesday against West Jessamine.

Southern finishes the season 11-5-2.

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