By Les Dixon for the Times-Tribune
NORTH LAUREL - The South Laurel Lady Cardinals' district dominance continued Thursday in the 49th District championship game against Corbin.
The Lady Cardinals captured their eighth straight district championship and improved to 22-0 against Corbin dating back to 2000 by defeating the Lady Redhounds in fine fashion, winning 10-0.
“Our focus at the beginning of the year was playing defense and possessing the ball,” White said. “I feel like we do that pretty well, so I thought we had to get better fitness-wise, and I thought we showed that tonight.
“I knew that would be extremely important (getting an early lead), ” he added. “Corbin plays physical, and that's pretty much their game against us. I told the girls we had to match their intensity from the very beginning, and I felt we did that. I felt like we were the more physical team tonight.
“We kept our finesse, but we showed some toughness and that's what I'm pleased about,” he added. “Eight straight (district titles), and I'm so proud of the girls. You always wonder when it might come to an end - it's nice to be to accomplish this.”
The eight-time defending district champions out scored their opponents by a dominating 22-0 during the 49th District Tournament.
White's team scored early and often during the win, as Kristin White's goal off a deflection with 36:14 remaining in the first half ignited a run that saw South Laurel (13-4-2) to a 4-0 lead at halftime.
"The game started off bad for us early - we were just unlucky,” Corbin coach Eric Steely said. "Rachel Logan got hurt early, and they scored and took advantage of it, and we just hung our heads.”
South Laurel's Karli Parker continued her impressive season, scoring three of her game-high four goals during the game's first 40 minutes. Parker now has 51 goals on the season.
“I think that after the fourth goal - in the second half - we just kind of quit,” Steely said. “We kind of made it easy for them. Not taking any thing away from Karli because she scored a lot of good goals, but I think we just kind of gave up. ”
Parker's goal at the 34:23 mark gave South Laurel a 2-0 edge, and her second goal of the game with 23:20 remaining from 20 yards out, increased the Lady Cardinals' edge to 3-0. Her third goal of the contest came with less than two minutes left in the first half, as South Laurel held a comfortable 4-0 lead at halftime.
“Karli Parker has been great for us this season, ” White said. “We wouldn't be where we're at today without Karli Parker, but now the other girls are stepping up, and that's giving them confidence which will hopefully help us in the region and the Sweet Sixteen.
”Both teams struggled to find the net during the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but after that, it was all South Laurel.
Corbin (10-10-1) had no answer for the Lady Cardinals' offensive attack, as Sierra Forbes' goal with 28:45 remaining in the game gave her team a 5-0 lead. Julie Farris added South Laurel's sixth goal of the game four minutes later while Parker's fourth goal of the contest a few minutes later, increased the Lady Cardinals' advantage to 7-0.
Tiffani Moore's goal late in the game gave White's squad an 8-0 lead and Kristin White's second goal of the game, 14th of the season, continued her team's dominance at 9-0. Shelby David put the finishing touches on the district championship win by adding her second goal of the season.
The shut out turned out to be the Lady Cardinals' eighth of the season while Corbin was blanked for the fourth time this season.