By Denis House For the Times-Tribune
LONDON — It took South Laurel just nine minutes to tally its first goal in a 12-0 rout of Whitley County Monday in the opening game of the girls’ 49th District soccer tournament at North Laurel.
“I thought it took us a little while to do what we wanted to do,” South Laurel coach Todd White said. “Once we got to playing the ball wide and then back across the front of the goal, good things happened.”
It was Haley House that got South Laurel (12-4-2) on the board first off an assist from Karli Parker in the ninth minute. One minute later, it was Parker scoring the first of her four goals after making a nice run from midfield down the left side, cutting back and beating keeper Katelyn Rose to make it 2-0.
A minute later, it was Kristen White’s turn, off an assist by Meredith McCowan. Another minute later, another White goal, this time off an assist from Parker, to make it four goals in four minutes and up the lead to 4-0. White also finished with four goals.
“Our focus tonight was for Karli not to score as much but to look to assist,” White said.
The goals continued to come for South Laurel.
A White cornerkick in the 15th minute led to a Holly Smith goal. Then in the 23rd minute, White was able to get her foot on a loose ball in front of the goal to make it 6-0. White would also score in the 25th minute, seconds after Parker blasted a shot from 18 yards out to beat Rose.
In the 31st minute, it was Parker again, this time on a shot from around 30 yards out, to make it 9-0. Another Parker goal came in the 33rd minute, followed by goals from Ariel Rudd and Regan Rutledge to make the final 12-0.
“I wanted us to play high-pressure defense, and we did that,” White said. “We didn’t allow Whitley to set up their offense. We overmatched them skill-wise. But I’m proud of the way we played and the way we passed the ball.”
South Laurel now advances to Wednesday night’s championship game against the winner of Tuesday night’s Corbin-North Laurel game.
By Denis House For the Times-Tribune
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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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