Girls' high school soccer: Lafayette 2, Dunbar 0; Boyle County 3, South Oldham 2

mmaloney@herald-leader.comAugust 22, 2013 

The way Rachel Roberts sees it, Lafayette's 2-0 win over Dunbar was a long time coming.

"I never score," said Roberts, who opened the scoring Thursday as the Fayette County Soccer Spectacular continued at Tates Creek.

[Fayette County Soccer Spectacular girls' schedule, results]

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"And we've always lost to Dunbar since my freshman year," Roberts continued. "Freshman year, it was 10-0; sophomore it was — I don't remember; last year, 2-1 (and) we were ahead. We just wanted it more this year.

"Me, I'm a senior, and I just wanted it. And it just happened."

Boyle County tripped up South Oldham 3-2 in Thursday's late game.

Lafayette 2, Dunbar 0: This one was scoreless until Roberts tallied with 25:53 left.

Margaret Kelly made it 2-0 just 2:36 later.

"They played phenomenal tonight," said Bryson Perry, coach of the Generals (1-0-1). "They played really well — we have a new defense we're trying to put into place, and they played it perfectly tonight, neutralizing their forwards. If we can do that every night, we're going to have a chance to win some games."

Dunbar (0-1-1) had its best chances on a pair of Mimi Floreal crosses, one in each half. Both times, goalkeeper Kate Heinonen came out to snuff the threat.

Roberts found the net after Maddie Farrer ripped a shot off the cross bar.

Kelly's kick was a precision redirection off of Mandy Daniel's serve.

Lafayette's defense did the rest.

"It's keeping their team in front of us. That's the key," Perry said of his strategy. "If they get behind us and get a breakaway, they're going to score. If we can keep them in front of us, then we have a chance to win."

Said Dunbar counterpart Thomas Morgan: "Lafayette had the overall better play. We just didn't possess well. We turned the ball over a lot, and they exploited us all night on that.

"Ultimately, that's us turning it over and them playing good, aggressive soccer and exploiting us got them a nice 2-0 win tonight. Lafayette played very well tonight. Took it to us."

Boyle County 3, South Oldham 2: "South Oldham's teams are always very fundamental, very technical and no different tonight," Boyle Coach Brian Deem said. "We were able to counter a couple of times and got behind (the defense) with a couple of nice balls and were able to finish."

Boyle County (1-0-1) led 2-0 at halftime, getting scores by Emmie Harris 11½ minutes in and Madelyn LaFevers with 13½ minutes left.

"We stole the ball in the middle and were able to transition quick," Deem said of the opening goal. "I believe it was Kylie Thompson played a nice through ball up the middle to Emmie Harris, who had a defender on her right side, and she did a great job of being patient and just kind of gave her a little touch to the right to allow the defender to get by her, and buried it."

Just 2:57 into the second half, Caitlin Baker won a race to the ball and popped it past goalkeeper Maddie Malueg for a 3-0 lead.

South Oldham (0-1-1) averted a shutout when L.J. Wrightington tapped in a free ball with 32:40 left.

Sarah Ashy added a goal with 16.7 seconds left.

Lafayette 2, Paul Laurence Dunbar 0

Goals — L: Rachel Roberts, Margaret Kelly. Goalkeepers — L: Kate Heinonen; PLD: Morgan Tallio. Records — L 1-0-1; PLD 0-1-1-.

Boyle County 3, South Oldham 2

Goals — BC: Emmie Harris, Madelyn LaFevers, Caitlin Baker. SO: L.J. Wrightington, Sarah Ashy. Goalkeepers — SO: Maddie Malueg; BC: Keeley Naylor. Records — SO: 0-1-1; BC: 1-0-1.

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