By Les Dixon / Sports Editor

Kenna Williams’ South Laurel Lady Cardinals hung tough against Class A power Danville for 40 minutes, but were outscored 4-1 in the second half which resulted in a 5-2 loss to the Lady Admirals.

The loss dropped South Laurel to 4-7-1 on the season, while Danville improved to 11-2-1.

“The girls were playing a great first half,” Williams said. “Ginger Johnson had a great game and ended up getting our first goal of the match. The game at the half was tied up 1-1.

“In the second half, the girls played with a lot of intensity and then Danville scored,” she added. “As soon as they scored, my girls let down and Danville picked up two more quick goals.”

Williams said she made some adjustments after the Lady Cardinals fell behind three goals, but the move couldn’t keep the Lady Admirals from pulling out a three-goal win.

“I made some line-up changes after we were down 4-1,” she said. “I changed to a 4-4-3. We scored again with about 15 minutes left in the game. Calley Miller crossed a beautiful ball to Mackenzie McWhorter. Mackenzie got the ball in the back of the net by a diving header.

“We were back in the game at 4-2 and the girls started picking up the intensity,” Williams added. “We scored again at the 35-minute mark when a ball was crossed from the left side and smacked in the goal by Sabrina Mabson. The referee took the goal back claiming that Sabrina was off sides. I felt that call drained my team of any remaining energy. After that goal was removed, Danville quickly countered and scored again.”

Despite the loss, Williams liked what she saw out of her team.

“I think we did a lot of things well, but we have to keep our focus and intensity the entire match,” she said.

South Laurel will be back in action today on the road against rival North Laurel (4-4-1). The game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

The winner of the game will be a win closer to claiming the district’s No. 1 seed.

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