Chelsea Gill returned from an injury to help the 18th-ranked Boyle County girls wrap up the No. 1 seed in their district tournament, getting one goal and one assist in their 4-0 victory over Lincoln County on Thursday at Rebel Stadium.
Hannah Harris also had two goals for Boyle (10-3-1, 3-0 45th District), which recorded its ninth shutout victory of the season.
Harris scored two goals in the first half, giving her a team-high 15 on the season. She first struck about 28 minutes into the game when she found a loose ball off a corner kick, then scored off an assist from Gill later in the first half.
“It took us a little while to get in the flow of the game, but after we were able to start possessing the ball a little bit and working it where we wanted to, we were able to start creating some opportunities, breaking down their back line a little bit and getting behind them to have some opportunities,” Boyle coach Brian Deem said.
Gill, who suffered a torn meniscus in Boyle’s season opener, gave the Rebels a commanding lead with about 20 minutes remaining when she scored her first goal of the season off an assist from Meghan Paynter.
“I thought Chelsea did a great job coming in,” Deem said. “And Ellery Denny did a fantastic job locking down our midfield in her second game in that position.”
Lincoln (10-3-1, 2-1) had won four straight games and was unbeaten in its last eight, but the Patriots were shut out for only the second time this season.
Mercer County 3, Anderson County 0 — At Harrodsburg, Mercer (10-4) recorded its seventh shutout of the season, blanking Anderson (6-9-1) for its ninth win in 10 games.
Shannon Murray scored one goal in each half for the Titans.
Gentry Brown opened the scoring on a header early in the game. Murray scored her first goal minutes later, then scored again midway through the second half.
Mercer County 5, Madison Central 3 — At Richmond, Mason Angel and Landon Souder scored two goals each and No. 16 Mercer (14-3-1) rallied in the second half to defeat Madison Central (6-9).
The Titans trailed 3-2 at halftime but tied the game 7 minutes into the second period when Angel scored off a pass from James Stinnett, then took the lead only a minute later when Angel scored again off a feed from Alex Bosse.
Souder capped the scoring with about 18 minutes remaining, firing from the top of the 18-year box.
"After an abysmal defensive performance in the first half, the guys pulled it together and made things happen in the second. Their defense created offensive looks and we were able to finish them." Mercer assistant coach Tim Shannon said.
Bosse scored 2 minutes into the game and Souder scored on a penalty kick 23 minutes in. But Austin McAllister scored twice, the last time with 9 minutes left in the first half to break a 2-all tie and stake the Indians to a halftime lead.