WHITLEY COUNTY — A big first half helped push the Corbin Lady Redhounds past the Whitley County Lady Colonels in Wednesday night’s semifinal round of the 49th District Girls Soccer Tournament.
“I was a little nervous at the beginning of the game,” said Corbin Coach Hannah Goins. “We were struggling a little bit. Whitley (County) obviously came out hard, they’re a good team. It was pretty even there for the first little bit, I was a little nervous but when we finally were able to put one in, we kind of picked it up and were stronger and I think that momentum really helped us to get going there right before halftime.”
This year marked the first time in history that the Lady Colonels were a third seed in the district tournament.
“I’m extremely proud of these girls,” said Whitley County Coach Kelly Sawyers. “I know it’s been a rough week on them, so just being able to come out here tonight and being able to play as hard as they can and as best they can with everything going on, I’m proud of them.”
In the 27-minute mark, Grace Dotson found the Lady Redhounds' first goal to give Corbin a 1-0 lead.
And once the Lady Redhounds finally got scoring going, they couldn’t be stopped.
The Lady Redhounds added two more goals before Whitley County’s Reis Anderson found a goal on a penalty kick, 3-1.
Dotson and Grace Gibson scored two more goals before halftime, taking a 5-1 lead over the Lady Colonels going into the second half.
“Our defense came out really strong,” Goins said. “They were able to hold them off there for the majority of the game. They came out hard. Whitley has a lot of speed up top, so it was a tough job but our defense was able to hold Whitley well.
“It was huge that while we were kind of struggling to get going, they were able to keep those goals out.”
The Lady Colonels and Lady Redhounds each scored two more goals in the second half, with Corbin taking the 7-3 win.
Sawyers said that after losing to Corbin 8-0 earlier in the season, she was extremely proud of the four-point deficit in Wednesday night’s game.
“The main thing is, I always tell the girls to just keep shooting and they did that tonight,” Sawyers said. “We’ve just got to hone in on finishing and make sure that the shots that we do take actually get in the net.”
The Lady Colonels ended their season with a 12-4 record.
“We’re only losing one senior, so we’ll be back,” Sawyers said. “We’ve got the same team coming back essentially, so that’s definitely something positive to end on and look forward to.”