Prep Soccer: Boyle girls edge South Laurel 1-0 in shootout
Boyle County goal keeper Keeley Naylor had this diving stop on a penalty kick by South Laurel¿s Kristen White to help preserve the Rebels¿ victory in a shootout. Naylor now has two shutouts in her first two varsity starts. (Hal Morris / August 16, 2012)
Coming off a season-opening win over Henry Clay on Monday, the Boyle County girls’ coach knew his young team was bound to let up against South Laurel on Wednesday in the Fayette County iHigh Soccer Frenzy at Lafayette.
And that is just what happened, as the score was tied 0-0 after regulation before the 18th-ranked Rebels won a shootout 3-1 to get the victory.
“We were talking about it last night after practice. I said, ‘You had a big win on Monday, school just started you’re getting back into a routine, you’re not used to that, you saw South Laurel have bad loss Monday against Dunbar.’ We have traditionally been very solid against South Laurel, so with that being said, this was a complete trap game. It was completely open for us to fall apart, and at times we did,”¿Deem said. “But we found a way to get a win, bottom line that’s what matters.”
Boyle could not find the net in 80 minutes, including a missed penalty kick from Kate Carman, but the Rebels had no problem scoring in the shootout.
Seniors Hannah Harris and Carman made their penalty kicks to start, while South Laurel’s Mariah¿House and Meredith McCowan both saw their shots bounce off the crossbar.
A South Laurel goal got past goalkeeper Keeley Naylor, then Meghan Paynter’s shot hit the post to make it 2-1.
But Naylor came back with a diving stop of Kristen White’s shot, then senior Logan Arnold rolled one in past Cardinals’ keeper Charity Humfleet to give the Rebels to win.
Naylor has opened her career with two straight shutouts, and said she was glad to get the key stop right after allowing a goal.
“I think that was really the turning point, I guess, because that just left it easy for Logan Arnold to make hers and for us to win,”¿the sophomore keeper said. “I was just trying to do what¿I had to do not worry about where the kick was going, keep my extension on the goal and just not let anything in the net.”
Deem praised the play of Naylor, and his seniors, for helping pull out the win on penalty kicks.
“Keeley Naylor was absolutely phenomenal in the shootout,”¿he said. “Our seniors stepped up and did fantastic jobs and finished their PKs. I said, ‘Trust yourself, you should know where you go before you hit. Once you hit it, just follow through.’ And they all buried it.”
But it was the 80 minutes of regulation that had Deem concerned. Boyle outshot South Laurel 11-4, but had very few opportunities at a clean shot on goal. Deem said the team’s focus was just not there.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, a lot of cleaning up to do. We’ve got a lot of kiss that are very talented, but are just being a little stubborn with little things,”¿he said. “We played not to lose, we didn’t play to win at all. We didn’t come to play tonight.”
Boyle did play without senior Chelsea Gill, who was injured during Monday’s win over Henry Clay. Deem said he and Gill still waiting to see the result of her injury. Gill has battled knee injuries that caused her to miss most of the basketball season and all of softball season last year.