Rowan County girls’ soccer ended their regular season with a 2-0 loss to Lawrence County.
The Lawrence County Lady Bulldogs came ready to upset the Lady Vikings. Ellie Webb scored the Lady Bulldogs’ first goal in the tenth minute off a corner kick that ricocheted off a Lady Vikings defender.
The Lady Bulldogs’ second goal from over 45 yards out was scored by Sarah Lycans in the 46th minute.
Despite their best efforts, the Lady Vikings couldn’t get one past Lawrence County keeper Allyson Moore.
The Lady Vikings were much improved from last year when they faced the Lady Bulldogs. Last year’s contest ended in a 7-1 loss at Lawrence County.
This year did not pass without a fight. The Lady Vikings out-shot the Lady Bulldogs, 12-6.
“If you were to look at this game and analyze it, we did everything but put the ball in the back of the net. The game difference was they got that early goal. It was an own goal. It’s unlucky but it is part of soccer,” said coach Alan Evans. “We had to get that equalizer. We had opportunity after opportunity but we have got to put the ball in the back of the net. The only stat that counts in soccer is getting the ball in the back of the net. We couldn’t do it. They got their assurance goal in the second half on that long kick from Lycans.”
Leading scorer Promise Cross, who had 27 goals prior to Tuesday night’s game, had five shots on goal.
“They were a good team to end our season against. I think they challenged us the way we need to be challenged. The shots just weren’t there. It is something we work on every practice but sometimes you can just be off. It happens to the best of us, but next time we will be prepared,” said Cross.
Audrey Evans had an early attempt on the net. In the fourth minute, after beating Moore in a one-on-one showdown, lost control of the ball and was unable to regain possession in time to get off the shot.
Freshman midfielder Haven Ford made a shot in the 29th minute that rung of the right post, bounced back into play and was cleared by the Lawrence County defense.
“It was another missed opportunity. We had a lot of those tonight. I saw it hit off the post and I should have followed it. I will learn from that, and if it happens I again, I will follow it,” said Ford.
The Lady Vikings’ loss concluded their regular season campaign, 15-2-2. They were undefeated through 15 games.
“If you would have told me we would have only had two losses during the regular season, I would have told you that you were crazy. With seven players down from last year with injury or from graduation, we have had an excellent season. Fifteen in a row was historic,” said Evans.
Their only regional loss was in the first game of the season to Ashland. Ashland (15-0-2) completed their regular season undefeated and with the best 16th Region record entering the postseason.
The Lady Vikings took on Menifee County Tuesday night in the first round of the 61st District tournament. The championship game will be played Thursday night at Paul Ousley Stadium on the Rowan County Senior High School campus at 8 p.m., following the 61st District boys’ championship game.