A young Boyle County girls team ranked 18th in the preseason coaches poll got its season off to a good start Monday, posting a 1-0 win over No. 16 Henry Clay in the Fayette County iHigh Soccer Frenzy at Lafayette.
Kate Carman scored off a pass from Chelsea Gill for the game’s only goal, and sophomore goalkeeper Keeley Naylor got the win in her first varsity start.
Carman’s goal came in the first half, when she scored from 23 yards on Gill’s assist. But shots were few and far between, as each team only managed six shots on goal.
“It was a very hard-fought defensive game. It was good for our young kids. At one time, we had about six or seven freshmen and sophomores out there. They responded well like they should,”¿Deem said. “They played like champions and held their own.
“I thought Hannah Harris and Megan Paynter in the middle did a great job. And Keeley did a great job communicating with her back line and making sure everybody was where they were supposed to be. And I thought our back line of Alexis Kerbaugh, Logan Arnold, Ellery Denny, Rachel Wesley and Tabitha Evans did a good job of managing the game and making sure they kept Henry Clay in front of them.”
Boyle, which beat Henry Clay 1-0 in a sub-sectional game last year, plays South Laurel on Wednesday at Lafayette.