Prep Soccer: Lady Cards fall to Campbell County in region opener
Clark's Jillian Gallenstein controls the ball in the Lady Cardinals' win over Montgomery County in the finals of the 39th District Tournament last week in Paris. (Keith Tayloremail@example.com / October 16, 2012)
The Lady Cardinals captured the 39th District Tournament with a 3-0 shutout of Montgomery County last week and ended the season with a 9-11 record. Clark won three of its last four games and built a dose of momentum heading into next season.
“Our season obviously looked a little different than last year but I really hope that people don't look at our record and simply call us unsuccessful,” Clark coach Jessica Laswell said. “I think the fact that these girls did what they could to put together another district championship and play some really tough teams this year should make them happy and very proud of themselves.”
The Lady Cards scored their only goal of the contest at 35:31 on an unassisted score by freshman Brooke Abner. Campbell regained the lead less than a minute later and led 2-1 at the break. The Lady Camels added a pair of scores in the second half to round out the scoring. Campbell advances to the semifinals and will take on Harrison County at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Scott.
Lauren Backe paced Campbell with two goals, while Molly Kitchen and Taylor Robinson added two each.
Senior goal keeper Cathryn Banker had five saves for Clark. The contest was the final outing for Banker and fellow seniors Chassidy Keeton, Cora Kerber and Hayley Thornberry.
Laswell said Campbell “was good,” but added that the Lady Camels took advantage of their shots on goal.
“They capitalized on their opportunities and found a way to get the ball in the back of the net, which is pretty much the name of the game,” she said. “We lost our marks a couple times on defense and had some trouble in the air, which has been our waterloo. It was unfortunate but hopefully the girls will remember more than just the end.”
Despite the loss, Laswell is looking forward to next year.
“We've got a huge group of juniors that will make up a very large, dynamic and spunky bunch of seniors,” she said. “There are also a few in there that I really look forward to seeing step out as leaders and others I can't wait to see meet their potential. That, plus the talent and hard work ethic we have among some younger players, should make for another good year.”
The volleyball team opens the 10th¿Region Tournament against Mason County at 6 tonight at Bracken County.
The boys soccer team takes on host Harrison County at 7:15 tonight in Cynthiana.