By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
SOUTH LAUREL — The defending 13th Region Champions flexed their soccer muscle Monday when the South Laurel Lady Cardinals cruised to a 10-0 mercy-rule win over visiting Somerset.
Todd White’s squad wasted little time showing they were ready to make another run toward the state tournament as Karli Parker tallied six goals in the victory.
After the win White said he was happy to see his team get the season started on a high note, but admitted he wasn’t surprised because he expects big things out of this team.
“We’ve had a really good summer and we’ve made a lot of progress as far as improving goes,” White said. “We played some tough teams in our scrimmages, so I knew we were capable of playing really good soccer.
“We try not to play typical eastern Kentucky soccer because it’s a lot different from the style of the teams around Lexington and northern Kentucky,” he added. “We tried to play a good quality of soccer today and it paid off in the form of a big win.”
In addition to Parker’s six goals, the Lady Cardinals got goals from Kristen White, Sierra Forbes, Haley House and Holly Smith.
Despite Parker’s huge day, White said it was good to see the scoring passed around throughout the team.
“We took Karli out and tried to slow things down, but our girls really like to push things,” White said. “Even with our younger girls we were able to close things out.”
South Laurel opens season with 10-0 win over Somerset
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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